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The Impact of Day of Caring 2021
We mobilized thousands of volunteers on October 1st for the 30th Annual Day of Caring. Thank you so much to all of our amazing volunteers and sponsors!
During the community-wide event, more than 2,400 volunteers from over 80 companies and organizations dedicated themselves to performing both in-person and remote community service projects throughout the area.
Volunteers completed more than 225 service projects by painting, sanding, scrubbing, planting, and putting a new shine on nonprofit facilities all over the region.
For instance, at our partner agency, Youth Services of Tulsa, volunteers packed portable meals for youth, beautified the campus, and organized household items for clients.
At Global Gardens, located at Rosa Parks Elementary School, volunteers built benches and worked in the garden bed and compost area.
To hear how NORDAM volunteers transformed the Salvation Army’s Boys & Girls Club in Broken Arrow, listen to the latest episode of Tulsa Area United Way’s weekly podcast, Live United, at tauw.org/podcast or listen to wherever you enjoy podcasts.
Our President and CEO, Alison Anthony, visited several Day of Caring sites to thank everyone involved.
While visiting Bristow Social Services, its Executive Director, Toni Godwin, told Alison how much she appreciated the Leadership class from Bristow High School joining the Day of Caring activities. The students didn’t just volunteer on Day of Caring, but also every Tuesday to help staff with food donations and deliveries.
Alison was particularly moved by one of those hard-working students, Kelly. When Kelly was six years old, she started asking for canned food donations for Bristow Social Services. Kelly’s commitment to the nonprofit’s mission remains strong to this day.
Alison said, “It made me cry to see Kelly and these amazing young people at work during Day of Caring.”
Since March, the multiple Day of Caring events have resulted in:
- A focus on supporting Black-owned businesses in the Tulsa area.
- 960 Notes of Hope written to nonprofit staff and volunteers.
- Over 42,000 pounds of food collected
- Nearly 200 pints of blood donated, providing life-saving support to approximately 575 people
- 6,122 volunteers performing community service projects
Thank you to the following companies and organizations that participated in the fall 2021 Day of Caring
A Best Roofing, AAON, Archon Resources, Arcosa, Arvest Bank, Ascension St. John, Bank of Oklahoma, BKD, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Brainerd Chemical, Bristow Community Volunteers, Broken Arrow Public Schools, CEC Corporation, Commerce Bank, CommunityCare, ConnectShip, Crowe & Dunlevy, EideBailly, Ernst & Young, Explorer Pipeline, Farmers Insurance, First Oklahoma Bank, Firstar Bank, GableGotwals, Gateway First Bank, Grand Bank, Hall Estill, Helmerich & Payne, Hillcrest HealthCare System, Hilti, HollyFrontier, Hub International, INCOG – City of Tulsa, Ingredion, Jenks Public Schools, Kimberly-Clark, KKT Architects, Lumen, Luxa Enterprises, Mabrey Bank, Magellan Midstream Partners, Matrix Service Company, Mazzios, Mid-Continent Group, Montereau, Neosource, NORDAM, Northwestern Mutual, OG&E, Oklahoma Central Credit Union, Olsson Associates, Omni Air International, ONEOK, Philbrook Museum of Art, Prosperity Bancshares, QuikTrip, Ramsey Industries, Reading Partners, Red Crown Federal Credit Union, Saint Francis Health System, Simmons Bank, Spirit AeroSystems, Take Control Initiative, TD Williamson, The Rowland Group, This Machine Tulsa, True Digital Security, TTCU Federal Credit Union, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Authority for Economic Opportunity, Tulsa City-County Library, Tulsa Community College, Tulsa Federal Credit Union, Tulsa Garden Center, Tulsa Regional Chamber, Tulsa Tech, Union Public Schools, United Parcel Service, VAST Bank, and Williams.
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Day of Caring Media Coverage
- Over 2,400 Volunteers Expected To Take Part In Tulsa Area United Way Day Of Caring (newson6.com)
- 30th annual United Way Day of Caring brings out over 2,400 volunteers | Local News | tulsaworld.com
- Owasso Family YMCA restores T-ball field during United Way’s 30th annual Day of Caring | News | tulsaworld.com
- Local non-profit celebrates International World Teacher Day, says ‘thank you’ to educators – FOX23 News
Day of Caring Stories of impact From Day of Caring Companies & Organizations
Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and BKD LLP, GableGotwals, and VAST Bank
The beautification of Greenwood 100 Block was truly a blessing. It also gave the volunteers an opportunity to learn more about Black Wall Street, Greenwood, and the tragedy of 1921. It was a valuable learning experience for them and gave them the desire to return and learn more history.
Archon Resources at CAP Tulsa
We created a puppet show that can be shown across multiple programs. We also planted classroom plants and dropped off to them outside the organization. It was amazing to give back and we signed up to be a part of the Food Banks farmers market at that school location.
Tulsa Community College
A number of volunteers expressed to me how great it felt to get out into the community and work.
Mid-Continent Group at LIFE Senior Services
The Day of Caring allows volunteers from Mid-Continent to connect and serve the community which means a lot to us. It not only brightened the day for the residence of Vandever House but it was also a special day for all of our volunteers. We enjoy this time each year no matter what event we are chosen for.
ConnectShip at Philbrook Museum of Art
Anytime that our company can step outside of its four walls and contribute to the community, is a great day for us. We had 17 members from our team volunteer their time at the Philbrook Gardens. We de-weeded and mulched two very large Azalea beds and removed old plants/vegetables, de-weeded the flower beds, mulched the walkways, and replanted some winter vegetables in the Victory Garden. This garden produced 1,800 pounds of vegetables this year. These vegetables went to the Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank. We were happy to help and contribute our time to the Philbrook, Eastern Oklahoma Food Bank, and the City of Tulsa..
Ascension St. John at CityServe Oklahoma
We were told our group of volunteers they did in one day what would have taken them a month to accomplish.
Catholic Charities and Hall Estill
On behalf of Catholic Charities and the United Way Day of Caring, I would like to thank you and your group for choosing Catholic Charities. The goal of moving our garden due to the construction at Catholic Charities was met at exceeded expectations.
Catholic Charities and Arcosa
On behalf of Catholic Charities and the United Way Day of Caring, the goal of cleaning out the walk-in freezer in order to store meals being prepared for the Afghan Resettlement effort exceeded expectations. Also, crossing over and helping the volunteers in the garden was a bonus for us!
Catholic Charities and Magellan
On behalf of Catholic Charities and the United Way Day of Caring, volunteering in the food pantry loading baskets, loading cars, loading boxes, moving furniture, taking names and bringing smiles and happy hearts was bonus for us!
Catholic Charities and Saint Francis
On behalf of Catholic Charities and the United Way Day of Caring, the work that the volunteers did at Porta Caeli was huge as spreading mulch is probably not on everyone’s “to do” list but needed to be done. The beauty that the mulch is protecting helps the guests at Porta Caeli know that they are in a place of love and blessings.
All of the volunteers at the Pop-Up Food Pantry, located in the parking lot of St Augustine’s, went off without a hitch. The volunteers had enough smiles to last a lifetime and it was obvious that their work was done with happy hearts.
Catholic Charities and Red Crown Federal Credit Union
On behalf of Catholic Charities and the United Way Day of Caring, the work that the volunteers did on the grounds of Catholic Charities was huge and needed to be done. All of the small things add up to one very large job, as they say “it takes a village” and we are grateful that you are part of our village. The volunteers had enough smiles to last a lifetime and it was obvious that their work was done with happy hearts.
HOW To VOLUNTEER FOR DAYs OF CARING
Please join us for this much-loved volunteering tradition, now expanded to build even more teamwork and provide increased opportunity to demonstrate the philanthropic spirit of our community. Contact us here to learn how you can participate.
SEE THE DIFFERENCE YOU’RE MAKING
Check out these stories from previous Day of Caring events in 2021.
March 27: DAY OF CARING IN SUPPORT OF GREENWOOD AND NORTH TULSA COMMUNITIES
On Saturday, March 27, more than 170 volunteers from Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma, Arthur J. Gallagher, Matrix Service Company, Spirit AeroSystems, Tulsa Area United Way, Tulsa Community College and Williams went to work in the Greenwood and North Tulsa communities during the year we are recognizing the centennial of the Tulsa Race Massacre.
- An outdoor classroom for Global Gardens at Unity Learning Academy
- Building improvements in the Greenwood District
- Polishing historic business plaques in the Greenwood District
- Making two Boys and Girls clubs better for the kids who learn and play there
In addition, almost 700 employees from Bank of Oklahoma and T.D. Williamson are volunteering remotely and writing Notes of Hope that will be delivered to staff and volunteers at six Tulsa Area United Way partner agencies.
A big thank you to Bank of Oklahoma for sponsoring our Notes of Hope again this year!
June 25: REGIONAL FOOD & BLOOD DRIVE
More than 2,200 donors contributed 42,000 pounds of food to our friends and neighbors in need during our June 25 Regional Day of Caring Food & Blood Drive. Food donations benefit the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma and these Tulsa Area United Way partner agencies: Bristow Social Services, Broken Arrow Neighbors, Caring Community Friends, LIFE Senior Services, Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter, Inc., Okmulgee Country Family Resource Center, Owasso Community Resources, Sand Springs Community Services, and Wagoner Area Neighbors.
In addition, nearly 200 pints of blood were donated, providing life-saving medical care to approximately 575 people. It wouldn’t have happened without your support!