Treasure McKenzie, event sponsors and everyone who volunteers with the Bridges Out of Poverty program deserves a pat on the back for the work they do to make Muskogee better by helping residents.

Bridges Out of Poverty is a program designed to reduce generational poverty. The funding comes from the City of Muskogee Foundation so that the program is free to participants. Muskogee has become a national model for the program's success, said Treasure McKenzie, executive director of Bridges Out of Poverty.

Class participants help show residents how to break down the barriers of poverty and work their way into the middle class. They also offer classes for children that help them learn how to build their self-esteem, among other things.

The workshop planned for Wednesday will show business and community leaders how they can help residents who take part in the program.

The workshop will have videos, case studies, testimonials and solutions that will show businesses and organizations learn how Bridges works. Business owners also benefit when a community is created where everyone can live well.

If you own a business or are involved in an organization searching for a project to help Muskogee residents, you should RSVP and attend the workshop. It's free, and the only cost is your time. It's like a small price to pay to educate the community and help someone find their Bridge Out of Poverty.

Spaces are available to attend, but you must RSVP. (And it's not too late today.)

If you go

WHAT: Muskogee Bridges Community Workshop.

WHEN: 1-4 p.m. Wednesday.

WHERE: Indian Capital Technology Center, 2403 N. 41st St. E.

RSVP: Email treasure@muskogeebridges.org or call (918) 840-5331.

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