Give 365

365 Days and Ways to Serve

International Volunteer Managers Day

November 5 each year focuses an entire day on the people who recruit and rally volunteers! Join the global celebration and hug your favorite volunteer manager!

Give Me Five: Everyone Has a Hand in Tulsa!

October 26, 2014 1-3p Guthrie Green was a beautiful venue to celebrate volunteerism! Child Abuse Network and Volunteer Tulsa shared resources and emergency preparedness materials plus upcoming volunteer opportunities with Tulsans out enjoying the day.

Thanks to arts administration students at The University of Tulsa for creating the Give Me Five campaign! Click for poster and to join Facebook event. The students' community arts projects is now a "hands-on" masterpiece created by Guthrie Green visitors. View the canvas reflecting hands of all shapes and sizes during ServiceUnites! on November 7!


November 7, 2014 The 7th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service will be hosted at Tulsa Community College Northeast Campus' Seminar Center to explore what unites our community through service. Conference Chair Kathy Guenther, Jenks Public Schools District Volunteer Coordinator notes, "This conference is designed to bring together volunteers and volunteer administrators/leaders from area not-for-profits, community agencies and corporations to explore common ground in service.

State Senator Rick Brinkley will share inspiring comments during the Conference opener, followed by a full day of workshops and celebration of Volunteer Administrator of the Year nominees and this year's honoree. Registration Brochure reveals details on expert faculty and sessions.

THANKS to in-kind donors: AAA, Andy B's, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Circle Cinema Foundation, Fine Airport Parking, Gilcrease Museum, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, McAlister's, Panera Bread, Quizno's, Reasor's, RSVP, Silpada, Starbucks, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, 31 Gifts, Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc., Verified Volunteers, Verizon, and VisitTulsa.

Building Community underwriting
The Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation
The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation


A Look Inside

July 10, 2014 Tulsa Zoo is host site for Community Volunteer Council Networking Happy Hour. Volunteers, volunteer administrators and not-for-profit leaders learn about the Zoo's "wild" volunteer program while sharing upcoming events or your own successes or challenges.

Join us, 3-5p, for the reception and chance to meet the Zoo's Vice President of Business Operations Holly Becker and Volunteer Manager Lisa Laughrey, CVA PLUS experience Zoo volunteers in their native habitat! Explore the Zoo afterward.

Reservations $10 by July 3. Click to connect. Call 918.447.1888918.447.1888 or PayPal.

A License to Change

April 5, 2014 We celebrated ordinary people who do extraordinary things, every day, in our community! Volunteer Tulsa presented the community-wide volunteer recognition reception and program, 5:30p, Saturday, April 5, hosted at Tulsa Community College's Center for Creativity. Guests were welcomed by TCC Metro Campus Provost Greg Stone.

Check out the short video produced by volunteer videographer Kolby Webster:

Volunteers who were nominated as Change Agents for their dedicated service to local charitable causes were each announced by event chair and Master of Ceremonies Scott Gaffen, CVA, and given a certificate by Recognition Chair Margie Crossno. Change Agents named in each category and as Change Agent of the Year received awards. Check out our Facebook photo album!
Change Agents are shown with Change Agent of the Year 2013 Barbara Boyer, President Lynn Staggs, and Miss Brookside Outstanding Teen McKinzie Deaton:
  • Youth - Kylee Hunt for service with American Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Young Adult - Nicole DeSpain for her compassionate service through Hometown Hospice
  • Adult - Melissa Dickerson for her volunteerism with The Center for Individuals with Physical Challenges
  • Senior Adult - Nance Hopper for caring volunteerism with Hometown Hospice
  • Pro Volunteer - Harry Ashbaugh for his leading service with American Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Family/Community Group - The Tuter Family for passionate commitment to American Therapeutic Riding Center
  • Employee Volunteer Program - Cherokee Nation Businesses Community Impact Team for employees' response to needs of multiple community organizations
  • Change Agent of the Year - Cherokee Nation Businesses Community Impact Team
Special guests included The Honorable Dewey F. Bartlett, Jr., Mayor of The City of Tulsa, Miss Brookside Outstanding Teen McKinzie Deaton, and Oklahoma State Senator Rick Brinkley. Mayor Bartlett read the City's proclamation for "A License to Change Day," Miss Deaton shared her platform encouraging volunteerism at every age, and Senator Brinkley offered greetings from Governor May Fallin proclaiming April as "Oklahoma Volunteer Month."

New to A License to Change was audiovisual programming featuring nominees. Thanks to Tulsa Technology Center's Dream Board Productions student Alemi Alcala for catching these volunteers in action!

Volunteer Tulsa will again award cash grants to each of the organizations served by the Change Agents identified in each category and the overall Change Agent of the Year. These grants are designated for developing and enriching the organizations' volunteer efforts through education of volunteers and volunteer administrators, recruitment, communication, recognition, and relationship-building.

Hand it to the Volunteers!" offers the community an extra way to celebrate this year's nominees or other loved ones through charitable Tributes of $5 each. Tributes will be displayed during the ceremony on volunteerism-themed quilts handcrafted in 2003 by Green Country Quilters Guild. Donors may call 918.447.1888918.447.1888 for details or download/print the Tribute form to send with checks to Volunteer Tulsa, PO Box 4196, Tulsa OK 74159-0196.

Check out the incredible volunteers who have been honored in the past!

Lynn Staggs, President of Volunteer Tulsa Board of Directors, recognized sponsors and fellow directors and committee members for year-round leadership and service.

Recognition Program Engaging Agent

Call to Action

Hand it to the Volunteers

Special THANKS! to Change Agent of the Year 2013 Barbara Boyer, Allison Freeman, Jenna Garland, Kathy Guenther, Julie Green, Family/Community Group Change Agent 2013 John Henshaw, Larry Hicks, Carole Huff Hicks, Patrick Kelley, Sam Lisicki, Barbara Mefford, John O'Neill, Adult Change Agent of the Year 2013 Sybil Phillips, Tomisha "Mia" Riddle, Katie Sems, Lindsay Shields, Jennifer Thompson, Kolby Webster, Rachel Welch.

Tulsa Coffee Crawl

March 1, 2014 Volunteer Tulsa presented Tulsa's first Coffee Crawl sharing downtown's artisan coffee culture. Coffee Crawlers could walk, bike, jog, take a Pedi-Cab or drive the 3.6 mile Crawl route while enjoying food and drink samplers, "Coffee Talk" and volunteer service opportunities at each of the seven coffee shops/cafes:
  • Foolish Things Coffee Company, 1001 South Main Street
  • Topeca Mayo Hotel, 115 West 5th Street
  • Mod's Coffee & Crepes, 507 South Boston Avenue
  • Hodges Bend, 823 East 3rd Street
  • Topeca Hyatt Regency, 100 East 2nd Street
  • Joebot's Coffee Bar, 119 South Detroit Avenue
  • Chimera Cafe, 212 North Main Street
Visit other restaurants and merchants along the Crawl route year-round and watch for details on Tulsa's second Coffee Crawl!

Center of Change

Call to Action

Thanks to these donors who gave prize package items:
    • CHEMEX
    • Colour Blind
    • Doubletree by Hilton Tulsa Downtown
    • Espresso Parts
    • Fleet Feet Sports
    • Hario
    • Holiday Inn Tulsa City Center
    • Hyatt Regency Tulsa
    • j'nar Spa & Salon
    • Keep It Local OK
    • La Marzocco USA
    • The McNellie's Group
    • The Boulder Grill
Special thanks to: Barista Magazine, KMOD, ONEOK, Roast Magazine, Speciality Coffee Association of America, Tulsa Pedi-Cabs, Tulsa's Channel 8, The Journal Record, Tulsa World, VisitTulsa and YELP!

February 18, 2014 Tulsa's Channel 8 features Volunteer Tulsa Board of Directors President Lynn Staggs and Foolish Things Coffee Company Owner Justin Carpenter for Tulsa Coffee Crawl. - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather

December 3-20, 2013 Thank you for Being a JoyMaker! Kids' acts of service were recognized this holiday season when Hasbro donated toys to Toys for Tots! Toys and gift tags were delivered December 14 for local Marine Corps Toys for Tots distribution!

October 26, 2013 Tulsa-area volunteers turned out for the 23rd Make a Difference Day beautifying, cleaning and refreshing Route 66 neighborhoods surrounding Kendall Whittier Main Street and RedFork Main Street.

November 8, 2013 ServiceUnites brings together volunteers and volunteer leaders to learn more about what unites all of us through service. Register below or download Registration Brochure with highlights and details for this 6th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service hosted at University of Phoenix.

Candi Williams, AARP Alabama, kicks off the day with an inspiring (and, most likely, hilarious) Look in the Mirror. Workshop topics range from volunteer program planning to tips for a healthier and happier you and dealing with difficult situations.

Expert faculty: Robert J. Doolittle, Ph.D., The University of Tulsa; Stephanie Huston, CVA, Oklahoma Blood Institute; Lisa Laughrey, CVA, Tulsa Zoo Management; Theresa Long, Corporation for National and Community Service; Lou Ann Marlar, Youth at Heart; John O'Neill, CVA, Catholic Charities; Courtneay Sanders, The Playhouse Tulsa; Jenny McElyea, CVA, The Salvation Army; Jennifer Thompson, CVA, and Nancy Volavka, CVA, Tulsa Technology Center and Ph.D. Candidate/OSU.

Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 32 was this year's Conference service beneficiary! Attendees donated nonperishable food items:
  • Packages: gravy mix, dried beans/black-eyed peas
  • Box mixes: instant mashed potatoes, stuffing, pie crust
  • Cans: turkey, ham, broth, cranberry sauce, green beans, whole kernel corn, sweet potatoes, sweet peas, spinach/mixed vegetables, stewed tomatoes, fruits, pumpkin, evaporated milk
Networking lunch included celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day and recognition of 2013 Volunteer Administrator of the Year nominees.

Vendors, hospitality bags and prize packages courtesy of: Ethan Monroe Salons, Rodan & Fields Dermatologists, Silpada, Velata, Thirty-One Gifts, AMC Southroads 20, Andy B's, Chipotle, Purple Glaze, Smashburger, RSVP Tulsa, El Chico, Genghis Grill, AMF Sheridan Lanes, Cherokee Nation Businesses, Chuy's Restaurant, Cinemark Movies 8, Goodwill Industries of Tulsa, Ramada Tulsa, Johnny Carino's Italian Restaurant, Wyndham Tulsa Hotel, Gilcrease Museum, Naples Flatbread and Wine Bar, Zio's, Tulsa Air and Space Museum, Tulsa Ballet Theatre, Oklahoma Army National Guard, The Sherwin Miller Museum of Jewish Art, VisitTulsa, and Youth Services of Tulsa.

Building Community Underwriting: The Anne and Henry Zarrow Foundation, Grace and Franklin Bernsen Foundation, The Sharna and Irvin Frank Foundation, and The Mervin Bovaird Foundation.

Special thanks for generous in-kind support: Christ Church Tulsa, Panera Bread, Reasor's, Starbucks Coffee Company and