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Volunteer Tulsa Announces Dissolution

February 25, 2015 "Thanks to the volunteers, partners and funders who supported Volunteer Tulsa since its incorporation 10 years ago," says Board of Directors president Lynn Staggs. The Board voted to proceed with dissolution based on the lack of consistent, sustainable funding.

Becoming operational just before the 2008 recession, Volunteer Tulsa has been the steady support for local organizations faced with increased demand for programs and services, while many of those same organizations experienced an average 44 percent change (averaged over four years) in the person responsible for volunteer administration. Nearly 16,000 individuals and teams have volunteer accounts, and the 21,000+ connections volunteers have made helped address society issues including hunger, homelessness, animal welfare, arts and culture, aging, poverty, literacy, youth development, health, equality, justice, education, end of life, and emergency/disaster preparedness and response.

Dissolution is a process that may have different timelines for transition of programs and activities. Through March 26 organizations may export their data and March 27 is the final day volunteers may retrieve service histories. Questions may be addressed to volunteer@volunteertulsa.org or PO Box 4196, Tulsa OK 74159. Click to read media release.

Change Agent Nominations Deadline Approaches

February 2, 2015 Anyone in our fair community may nominate an outstanding volunteer for recognition as a Change Agent. Click to download Guidelines and Word form with fill-in fields. Learn more about this Recognition Program and past honorees!

Good Day Tulsa features Volunteerism in New Year, New You Segments

January 5-9, 2015 NewsChannel 8's Good Day Tulsa invites Volunteer Tulsa to arrange "New Year, New You" guests this week to help viewers keep 2015 volunteer service resolutions. Thanks to our hosts Keith and Laura for sharing Tulsa SPCA, Oklahomans for Equality, The M.E.T., and Tulsa CASA with GDT audiences! Connect with great ways to celebrate this New Year with a New You! KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather KTUL.com - Tulsa, Oklahoma - News, Weather

Change Agent Nominations Open

January 1, 2015 Anyone may nominate an outstanding volunteer for recognition as a Change Agent. Click to download Guidelines and Word form with fill-in fields.

Tulsa Volunteer Rate Ranks 43rd in Mid-Size Cities

December 29, 2014 During 2013, of 75 mid-sized cities surveyed, Tulsa's average volunteer rate was 26.8% compared to Oklahoma City's 26.6% and national rate of 25.4%. Oklahoma volunteers serve mostly religious organizations, 41.5%, and educational institutions, 25.1%. Click for the release or learn more about Volunteering and Civic Life in America Report released by the Corporation for National and Community Service and National Conference on Citizenship.

Volunteerism Featured on Oklahoma Forum

December 17, 2014 Oklahoma Educational Television Authority (OETA) looked at volunteerism and philanthropy in a recent Oklahoma Forum segment. Host Dick Pryor visited with Volunteer Tulsa executive director Brenda Michael-Haggard, American Red Cross of Central and Western Oklahoma chief executive officer Janienne Bella, and Central Oklahoma United Way chief executive officer Debby Hampton. Click to view!

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Named!

November 7, 2014 The Honorable Rick Brinkley, Oklahoma State Senate, District 34, kicked off the 7th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service, 9a, Friday, November 7, 2014. Expert faculty shared insights ranging from ethics in volunteerism, social media, and rallying employees as volunteers. Lunch included pinning Tracy Grace, CVA, Immanuel Lutheran Church, Oklahoma's newest professional who achieved Certification in Volunteer Administration. Conference service project beneficiary Disabled American Veterans (DAV) Chapter 32 received donated items for holiday food baskets along with a generous contribution from DIRECTV. Celebration of International Volunteer Managers Day was extended through recognition of nominees for Volunteer Administrator of the Year:
  • Dawn Barrick, Child Abuse Network
  • Kathy Dobson, TARC
  • Susan Hall, DIRECTV
  • Lisa Laughrey, CVA, Tulsa Zoo Management, Inc.
2013 Volunteer Administrator of the Year Margie Crossno (left, in photo) presented Lisa Laughrey, CVA, the 2014 Volunteer Administrator of the Year!

Verified Volunteers offers additional background screening option!

October 6, 2014 Verified Volunteers and Volunteer Tulsa bring online option to our community. Read the media release!

Volunteer Administrator of the Year Nominations Open!

August 1, 2014 Nominate your favorite volunteer administrator to recognize outstanding leaders in civic engagement, those who manage the invaluable resources of volunteers. Whether paid professionals of volunteer staff, themselves, working full- or part-time, they are advocates and influencers in volunteerism.

Download Nomination Guidelines and Form, .pdf, or Nomination Form with fill-in fields, Word.doc. to submit by 4pm, October 3, 2014.

Call for Presenters/Faculty!

February 11, 2014 Share your expertise and experiences by being a faculty member for ServiceUnites!, the 7th Annual Conference on Volunteerism and Service, November 8, 2014. Click for Presenter/Faculty Guidelines.Deadline midnight, March 3, 2014.

Celebrate Volunteers!

February 3, 2014 Deadline to honor the people who impact our community every day! Volunteer Tulsa's Recognition Program invites nominations of volunteers as Change Agents through 4pm, Monday, February 3. Download Guidelines and Nominations forms as PDF or Word with fill-in fields.

See previous honorees and A License to Change 2013 details.

Local Volunteers Serve More!

January 10, 2014 Volunteer trends and figures were recently released by The Corporation for National and Community Service. Volunteering and Civic Life in America 2013 revealed that Tulsa had an average volunteer rate of 28.4%, compared to Oklahoma city's 26.3% and the national average of 26.5%. Tulsa-area volunteers also showed an average 36.1 service hours annually per resident--up from 31.4 hours--compared with the national average of 32.4 hours per resident.

Read the release and more on this most comprehensive annual collection of information on volunteering and civic life.

Check out Points of Light's Economic Impact of Volunteers Calculator!

Volunteers Featured on Tulsa's Channel 8!

January 6-10, 2014 Looking to do "more good" this year? Good Day Tulsa hosts interviewed Partner Organizations' representatives and volunteers this week as part of a New Year, New You initative. Check out video clips!
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Celebrate Volunteers!

January 1, 2014 Honor the people who impact our community every day! Volunteer Tulsa's Recognition Program invites nominations of volunteers as Change Agents through February 3. Download Guidelines and Nominations forms as PDF or Word with fill-in fields.

See previous honorees and A License to Change 2013 details.