Connect with partner agencies and read more about ELS volunteer experiences:
Several partner agencies spoke this week on the importance of volunteers to their organizations. For a list of our partner agency volunteer opportunities, click here. ELS members also shared the importance of volunteering in their own lives.
ELS members on the impact of volunteering:
"Whether it's volunteering with just one organization as often as your schedule allows or giving $5 a month, you'll see a difference in your own life once you start giving back to others."
– Ellen Devereux, ELS member
Read Ellen's story here.
"We are shaping the city around us when we volunteer — and combating challenges that our neighbors are facing every day.”
– Macy Johnson, ELS Vice Chair
Read Macy's story here.
"It’s important to give back with talent, time, and treasure to the community that supports you every day.”
– Sheila Kraft, ELS Programming Chair
Read Sheila's story here.
“My favorite part of my experiences as a volunteer has been the education I have received through the process.”
– Wink Kopczynski III, ELS member
Read Wink's story here.
Agencies on the importance of volunteering:
"We absolutely adore when volunteers come to Bridges. Having a small staff presents its challenges, but volunteers come in and fill those gaps! We are ultimately most thankful for volunteers because they provide new faces to engage and build connections with our individuals and that is invaluable."
– Paxton Stieber, Director of Marketing and Communications, The Bridges Foundation
(click here to find out how to volunteer at Bridges)
“Volunteers are integral to helping DVIS fulfill our mission of rebuilding lives. From caring advocates supporting a survivor who is undergoing a SANE exam to helping DVIS share about our services at a tabling event, their time and commitment make all the difference.”
– Jenée Day, DVIS Chief Development Officer
(click here to see how you can volunteer with DVIS)
“Helping teens and young adults embrace their full potential is challenging work. Youth Services of Tulsa cannot do this important work on our own. We rely on caring people and organizations to join our mission through volunteerism. Your gift of time, talent, and energy is not only an investment in the future of these young people, but also an investment in our community as a whole. For youth who’ve been cast aside and forgotten, a volunteer’s simple act of kindness is a profound reminder someone cares.”
– Brian Young, Community Relations Coordinator, Youth Services of Tulsa
(click here to see how you can volunteer with Youth Services of Tulsa)
“My mentor made me feel like I was worth something; that I was worth someone’s time. He never forced me to believe anything, but the words of wisdom he spoke made everything make sense and helped me focus on using my potential to it’s fullest.”
– John P., former Street School student
(click here to see how you can volunteer with Street School)
“Girl Scout volunteers lay the ground work for the kind of Girl Scout adventures that girls have the opportunity to experience. The passion and dedication of our volunteers Is the foundation to build girls up and help them realize their full potential. We greatly value and appreciate the impact they make daily."
– Lindsey Martin, GSEOK Project Manager
Click here to see how you can volunteer with Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma