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1999 - Nonprofit Organization Awards - Environmental Improvement - Weatherford Opportunity Workshop


The Weatherford Opportunity Workshop is an example of a classic win-win situation. The workshop's business plan outlines how, by training persons with developmental disabilities, they are also improving the environment and reducing landfill use. The Workshop's purpose is to train its clients to obtain and keep a job outside the workshop and to gain the necessary self-esteem and confidence to live, work and play independently in the community and in the world of the non-disabled. The primary business of the workshop is recycling.

The workshop has partnered with the cities of Weatherford and Clinton to collect and recycle cardboard and paper within the two cities. The towns have placed bins throughout their commercial districts and the workshop collects the materials on a regular pickup schedule and prepares them for recycling. The success of this operation in waste reduction is unquestioned. The job it gets done here in terms of life-changing education is truly what makes THE WEATHERFORD OPPORTUNITY WORKSHOP BRILLIANT NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA'S ENVIRONMENT.