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YOUR VOLUNTEER E- NEWSLETTER November E-Newsletter 2019 Volunteer Service Hours Reports Information! Thank you for remembering to send us your volunteer service hours each month! If you have not turned in your hours for October, we need them! You may report hours in several ways. You can call or email us! It’s that simple. For email please list the agency or agencies where you are volunteering and the hours you volunteered for the month. You may report all of your volunteer service hours at non-profit and public agencies, as well as care hours you provide to other seniors living at home for transportation, food and meals, home care, driving to and from your volunteer job and for training purposes. If you would like us to call you each month to ask for your monthly hour report, please tell us and we will add you to our list of other volunteers who prefer to be called! If you have a change in contact info or if you have changed volunteer positions or wish to do so, please let us know at rsvp@rsvptulsa.


RSVP is the only agency that documents the value of senior volunteerism in communities! Here is why it is so important! Why Do RSVP Volunteers Report Service Hours? For You, the Volunteer:  Volunteers want to know how much time they contribute to the community through volunteerism. RSVP maintains this information on an individual basis, by month. • To speak as a unified voice on the volunteer service of active older adults, your hours and services reflect your impact as an RSVP Tulsa Volunteer. They are reported annually to Congress under the nationwide RSVP Volunteer Program umbrella. • As part of RSVP, you help raise awareness of the impact being made in our communities when older adults get involved as volunteers. • Possible Result: Increased support for local programs for older adults For RSVP Partner Agencies:  Community Collaboration is important to many funders and by utilizing RSVP services and documenting volunteer hours this can enhance funding requests.  Supplemental insurance covers active volunteers who are reporting monthly service hours while engaged in RSVP-related volunteer activity. This policy does not take the place of a private insurance policy. It is a supplement to personal insurance. It is designed to eliminate out-of-pocket expenses for accidents that occur while volunteering.  Reporting hours, along with other data collection, is federally mandated. As a federally funded program, RSVP must abide by the accountability and compliance guidelines and standards set by governmental agencies. 2

For Our Community:  Documented community service hours help raise community awareness of the great value of older Americans’ life experiences, wisdom, and maturity.  To inform partner agencies and local funding sources about how senior volunteers are helping to fulfill their missions, and contributing to agency missions and resources allocated to addressing community issues. For Our Country:  Your service hour reports add to the unified voice of RSVP Tulsa’s sponsoring organization by which we are governed, the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) Senior Corps, that reports annual to Congress regarding the result for communities and for older Americans of connecting seniors to meaningful community service, the RSVP mission. Here are the email addresses and phone numbers to use to report hours each month. Creek County 918-227-3844 Tulsa County 918-280-8656 Wagoner County 918-485-8992 Washington County


If you are interested in any of the volunteer experiences offered, please contact for further info unless otherwise listed. 918.280.8656

SPECIAL EVENTS AND ONE TIME OPPORTUNITIES IN THE TULSA METRO AREA: Stiches for Britches Events – Looking for a fun sewing project? RSVP and Joy in the Cause are teaming up with B-Sew Inn for two “sit and sew” sessions. This is a come and go sit and sew. Just drop by and stitch a couple of pairs of pants for the famous “Mavis Pearl” dogs that are given to children in need. All supplies provided. Just show up and have some fun. The sizes are doll clothes size and sew up quickly. Sit and Sew Dates: Monday, Nov. 11 and the 18th, 10:30am to 2:00pm. No need to “RSVP”, just show up and have some fun! Come and Go! Location: The Farm Shopping Center, 5235 S Sheridan Rd., Tulsa!

Tulsa Botanic Garden - This is the 2nd year for the beautiful “Garden of Lights” celebration utilizing over 150,000 lights, a Holiday Express Train, St Nick, food trucks and more including indoor children’s games. Volunteers will be scanning tickets for guests, directing guests to activities, etc. This is a fun holiday event for all! Volunteer with your friends and family.


Dates and times are as follows: Times: either 4:30-7:00pm, 7:00-9:30pm OR 4:30-9:30pm Dates: November 29, 30 December 1, 5, 6,7,8,12,13,14,15,19,20,21,22,26,27,28,29 January 2,3,4,5

CTCA is looking for someone to help lead sewing classes. They have patients that often stay onsite during treatment and enjoy learning something new. Teachers can select their preferred class time, day and project.

Tulsa Debate League is gearing up for October judging events. No debate experience needed. Just attend a 30 minute judge training session at the beginning of your shift and be willing to provide support and encouragement to young people learning a new skill! Your mentorship and encouragement makes a big impact on the self-esteem and academic success of these debaters. The link to sign up is below: This is the next session! Or go to Friday, November 15, 2019

3:15 PM

7:00 PM

Friday, November 15, 2019

5:00 PM

9:00 PM

Saturday, November 16, 2019

8:45 AM

11:00 AM

Saturday, November 16, 2019

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The Salvation Army is gearing up for their busiest time of the year and are in need of volunteers! Listed below are the opportunities that will be coming up before you know it! Christmas Kettle Counting Any day you’re available! However, they do run short on Thursdays! From Nov. 14-Dec. 19 (excludes Thanksgiving) Shift: 9a-12p Volunteers Requested: 2-3 each day Straighten and organize money donated from Kettle Campaign. This is in a secured room with Finance staff.

Bixby Outreach Center is currently looking for some front desk help. You will greet clients, sign them in and request necessary documentation. You will need to be computer savvy as you will be making notes in the database for income, etc. They are needing someone every other Wednesday, 9-12p or as needed. Snacks and drinks provided. Bixby Outreach Center provides basic needs with compassion and dignity to local families in need.

LONG STANDING TULSA COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES : 4 hours/week and sometimes every other week, depending upon needs of the agency or the volunteer, by agreement.

The Pencil Box in Tulsa is needing a variety of volunteer help. They believe every child deserves the supplies they need to succeed in school. Their mission is to maximize the academic potential of disadvantaged students and equalize the learning experience by offering 6

school supplies, educational tools, and incentive items necessary for successful learning.

Positions Available: Check in: Their store is needing help on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30pm to 6:00pm. They are needing volunteers who can check in and check out teachers. This is a seated position, with some basic computer skills needed. All volunteers are paired with a seasoned volunteer. They are needing one volunteer for this position at this time. Check out: This is more of an active position. Mostly standing and some light lifting. You will help unload shopping carts, you may use an iPad to scan bar codes or you may be loading the supplies into bags and boxes. They are needing one regular volunteer on Tuesday and 3 on Wednesday’s for this position. Processing supplies and inventory: Mostly a seated position needing up to 6 volunteers. You will be processing supplies and inventory. You will bag, barcode label and inventory supplies. They stock the store to prepare for shopping as well. These shifts are more flexible. They typically try and have a group on Monday’s from 10am to 1pm and Tuesday’s from 10am to 1pm, but if you need another day, they will work with you. Tours are available to anyone wanting them. Just let Annette know and she can set it up for you. They are located at 2002 E 6 th in Tulsa.

Emergency Infant Services has several opportunities they are needing help with currently at their 222 S Houston Ave location. (near the corner of 3rd and Houston) (Will be moving to new location in midNov) Front Desk Greeter with several days available: 9am to 12:30pm Monday, Wednesday or Thursday You will be helping checking in clients, checking ID’s and scanning documents. There is free parking at the door and drinks and snacks. They are also needing donation processors (sorters). These volunteers will help ready the merchandise and donations for distribution to families. You will help sort items by type, gender etc. They are needing help any time Monday, Thursday and Friday mornings and/or Monday – Thursday afternoons. This is a great position to share with family members and friends 7

EIS services families with infants and/or children through age 5 who are in emergency or crisis situations. They provide diapers, formula, clothing and food. The front desk greeter is the front line to getting these families the help they need! They will be moving to their brand new building in mid-November and would love to have the volunteers follow them there at 1110 S Denver.

Reading Partner volunteers become so much more than just reading partners. By sharing your knowledge and experience, you will become mentors, friends, and positive role models to the children you work with. Working one-onone with a student is a fun, effective way to change a life— maybe even your own. Requirements: Commit a minimum of one hour per week on a recurring schedule Most reading centers are open Monday-Thursday, 9am-2:30pm. (Some after school and Friday programs are available) Pass a background check If you have a particular school you would like to volunteer, let us know and we will make the referral!

Reception help needed! Needing help for an hour or two every Mon. or Wed. from noon to 1pm or so. They will have other things for you to do if you’d like to stay longer. You will be answering phones, greeting guests and having guests sign in. This is a sit down desk job. Location is at 815 S Utica. If you can only do one day, that’s fine! Email us for a referral!

AMR is currently looking for blood transporation specialists in their biomed division. Your job would be using the AMR vehicle to deliver life saving blood products to area hospitals. This is a Sunday position with two shifts: 7am to 11am and 11am to 3pm. You must have a clean driving records, background check required and there is some light box lifting. Contact Annette B for a referral. 8

Catholic Charities of Eastern has several ongoing volunteer opportunities as well as opportunities at Porta Caeli House. Entire campus is located at 2440 N Harvard. Volunteer Opportunities: They can always use help in their food pantry, clothing center and warehouse. Warehouse Hours of Operation: Mon - Fri: 9 am - 2 pm First & Third Saturdays of each month: 9 am - Noon Tuesday and Thursday Evenings: 4 pm - 7 pm (FLEX VOL HOURS!) SAVE THE DATES! COMING UP!! Thanksgiving & Christmas food basket days November 23rd and December 14th

Volunteer Opportunities at Porta Caeli House include: Hospitality, (greeters), prepare meals for the families of guests, gardening, guest companions and working with service dogs.


Looking for volunteer drivers!! You will be delivering meals directly to elderly and homebound clients. A delivery route typically takes about an hour in the morning and helps ensure that a neighbor in need isn’t left hungry or alone. Multiple locations throughout the Tulsa metro where you meet up to help a site coordinator pack and deliver these meals. Most volunteers serve one morning a week for 1-2 hours. Contact us for a referral!

81st & Yale Area: OBI is always recruiting for various positions including, packing t-shirts in their conference room, bundling tubes, snack packers to pack snacks in backpacks. They can also use help with their mobile drives and helping out their warehouse workers by putting away medical supplies, etc. No heavy lifting. Great environment. Background checks and copy of DL required. Contact for further information.

Museums, Airports and Aquariums The Military History Center in Broken Arrow is always looking for docents! Contact if you would like more information. Here is a link to their E-Newsletter too.


TULSA AIR AND SPACE MUSEUM & PLANETARIUM - TASM is currently looking for volunteers for several positions: Volunteers needed to come in whenever they have time during the museum’s hours to help out with light duties such as wiping fingerprints off displays, dusting exhibits, etc. Even if you could only stay an hour or two, they would be grateful for any help. Other volunteers are still needed for varying shifts on the floor and for special events. Training and a TASM shirt will be provided. Experience in the aviation field is helpful but not a requirement. If you would like to work in a fun atmosphere and meet lots of interesting guests from all around the country, this is the spot for you.

RSVP AIRPORT AMBASSADORS is a collaborative program between RSVP and Tulsa Airport. Ambassadors work four-hour shifts one day per week to provide hospitality and info services to airline passengers at three information desks or work three-hour shifts roaming the terminal. Ambassadors offer goodwill and a vital community service by promoting a positive community image while also providing assistance to military personnel, passengers and the general public. Free parking, uniforms, and other volunteer recognition events for volunteers! Volunteers are in short supply for the Fri-Sat-Sun shifts. Can you help? Contact: for current shift openings.


OSU Medical Center is currently in need of front lobby help. Bring a friend and help greet guests in their newly remodeled lobby. Lobby hours are 8am to 4pm and they can use help for 4 hour shifts any time during the hours the lobby is open. They are particular needing help in the mornings. You will be seated at the desk. If you can, there may be a few times when you might need to walk someone to an area for directional purposes.


ST. JOHN MEDICAL CENTER - Volunteers needed at main location and Sapulpa. Not all positions are at all locations. Volunteering in a hospital setting involves an interview, background check, TB test screening, and volunteer orientation. Currently seeking volunteers for the following: ST. JOHN MEDICAL CENTER - Volunteers needed at main location, Owasso, Broken Arrow, and Sapulpa. Volunteering in a hospital setting involves an interview, background check, TB test screening, and volunteer orientation. Currently seeking volunteers for the following: (background checks, some immunizations and TB checks required) SJMC (Tulsa) Information Desk – Providing directions and helping lost guests to locations all over the hospital. Answering phone calls and forwarding them appropriately Monday & Tuesday mornings 7:45 am – Noon, Wednesday and Thursday afternoons from 11:45 am – 4:00 pm. Gift Shop – Cashiering, helping customers with merchandise selections, and answering the phone to take gift orders for patients and associates Monday and Friday evenings 4-6 pm, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 am – 12:30 pm. Cath Lab – Greeting patients and families, escorting them to the Cath Lab Recovery Unit and letting staff know the patient and family have arrived. Once the patient is in the procedure area, the family returns to the waiting area, and the volunteer acts as a liaison for the families to keep them updated. Currently we need help Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings from 6 -11 am. Broken Arrow Guest Services Desk - Greeting and directing guests to various locations throughout the hospital Any evening of the week from 4-8 pm Gift Shop - Cashiering, helping customers with merchandise selections, and answering the phone to take gift orders for patients and associates Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday mornings from 8am – Noon Monday and Friday afternoons from Noon – 4 pm.


Owasso Guest Services Desk - Greeting and directing guests to various locations throughout the hospital. Any evening of the week 4-8 pm Gift Shop - Cashiering, helping customers with merchandise selections, and answering the phone to take gift orders for patients and associates. We have openings Monday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 8 am – noon, and Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons from noon – 4 pm.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES, CREEK, WAGONER COUNTIES & SAND SPRINGS AREA ONLY WAGONER COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:  Wagoner Library can use volunteers for their summer reading program, hours are flexible  Wagoner Community Hospital needs information desk volunteers  Contact Diana Cooper at (918) 485-8992 or for more info!

CREEK COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS: Our Creek County office is still in need of drivers!! Our programs director, Penny Woolery, has been doing most of the driving herself, but she could sure use some help! If you might be willing to put in a few hours when you can, please let her know. Penny’s phone number: 918.227.3844 CASA, Court Appointed Special Advocates, are volunteers who become the voice for children in DHS and the foster care system. Volunteers receive training in how to be advocates for the child in the court system. CASA needs many volunteers for this important mission of help for our children. Please contact Elaine Tittle at 918-224-6492 or visit the CASA website at Sapulpa Community Theatre needs volunteers to help with various theater projects. These include organizing costumes, sewing costumes, helping construct props, volunteering to take tickets and hand out programs, and handyman projects around the building.


SAND SPRINGS AREA VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: Sand Springs Meals On Wheels Volunteer Drivers needed for one hour on either Mon-Wed-Fri from 9:30-11:30am, or on an alternating schedule, for example: the 1st, 3rd, and 5th Monday of each month. Choose your schedule! Volunteers pick up pre-plated meals at St. Andrews Church distribution site at 3210 S 113th W Ave and then deliver on a pre-scheduled route. Working in pairs is more fun and the clients you deliver to get a double dose of social connection. Meals On Wheels delivers more than just meals to isolated people. Contact for info and referral.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRAFTERS: TULSA AREA RSVP TULSA ‘KNITTIN’ KITTENS’ invite volunteers, new to knitting and/or crocheting, or a seasoned pro, to meet year-round to yarn-craft comfort and practical items for RSVP partner agency clients. Free yarn and crochet hooks! This includes crafting hats and scarves for elementary school children each year who might not otherwise have them for the cold winter months among other items for Tulsa area nonprofits in need. The Knittin’ Kittens meet every Friday from 12:30 pm–1:30 pm at the RSVP Tulsa office at 5756 E 31st. Come have some fun! CREEK COUNTY AREA RSVP Creek County ’Happy Hands’ volunteers meet on Tuesdays, from 1:00 pm- 3:30 pm at the Creek County Resource Center, 19 N Main St., Sapulpa, where the RSVP office is located. All are invited! Contact Penny at 918.227.3844

SAND SPRINGS AREA RSVP Sand Springs/Case Community Center “Comfort Crafters” Volunteers contribute thousands of hours to craft and create functional items for Sand Springs residents in need. We are seeking contributions of yarn, and fabric in a minimum of ½ yard lengths. Sand Springs Comfort Crafters volunteers will put your donation to good use. Join us (55 +) the 2nd and 4th Fridays from 11:30 am-1:00 pm at Case Community Center. Just show up and we’ll be happy to greet you. Contact



RSVP Wagoner County ‘Nifty Needlers’ are crafting “Caps for Kids”. Volunteer crafters make stocking caps for kindergarten students at Wagoner Ellington Elementary School. Caps can be crocheted, knit or loomed. Use your own pattern! Call Diana Cooper at (918) 485-8992 or She will provide you with a tried and true pattern if needed.

DONATIONS NEEDED! Tulsa, Creek and Wagoner counties can use yarn donations for all of their projects! Both Tulsa and Creek counties can also use fabric donations!! Thank you!

EXERCISE FOR HEALTH, COMPANIONSHIP AND FUN – TULSA COUNTY Upcoming Tulsa Walking Club Activities: Wednesday, November 13 - Club Meeting - we will have a speaker - please plan to come so we will have a good turn-out for the program! Sat. November 16th - Walk event at Wagoner Rhema Christmas Lights Seasonal (11/27/19 through 12/31/19) Last year for this seasonal! Opt-Out Group Walk - Friday, November 29, @ LaFortune 9 AM Saturday, December 7 - Utica Square YRE Group Walk 9:00 AM Group walk and Christmas get-together - TO BE DETERMINED. For flyers and all information about the Tulsa Walking Club, click on the link below for newsletters and contact information!


“TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE” No Registration required. Just show up and get healthy!    

Want to improve Strength and Stamina? Want to improve Sleep? Want to reduce anxiety & depression? Want to improve Balance?

“Tai Chi Moving for Better Balance” Classes are free and meant for people 55+, you attend weekly for 12 weeks at one of the locations listed below! New students may join the first 2 weeks of class only…after that, they need to wait until the next class begins.



CALLING ALL ARTISTS! The RSVP office staff is looking for your art to put on our walls! We need some color and change in our office and who better to deliver than our own volunteers. If you’re an artist or even a wanna- be artist, let us know! We’d love to share your art on our walls and brighten up everyone’s day. Let Annette know if you have some art you might like to share with us.

RSVP VOLUNTEER “FRIENDS” GROUP - RSVP volunteers are invited to join the Friends group for travel, lunch dates, house parties and group volunteering! Contact: or Jo Ann Rensing at for more info. Men are welcome, also, to join this group or to begin another “Friends” group.


ANNUAL VOLUNTEER APPRECIATION LUNCHEON PICTURES Presidential Volunteer Service Award for Lifetime Achievement

George Graham with Michelle Evans, RSVP Board Chair George began volunteering with RSVP at St. Francis Hospital in 2016 in patient support and also with the auxiliary as treasurer. He has been there ever since accruing over 4400 hours. George is also a veteran with the US Navy and married to wife Carol who is also a long time RSVP volunteer at St. Francis.


Judy Feary with Michelle Evans, RSVP Board Chair Judy serves on the RSVP Board of Directors, serves, as an airport ambassador, with Ronald McDonald house, Special Olympics, Pathways Adult Learning and more. She began volunteering with RSVP in 2012. She was a long time educator with Tulsa Public Schools ending her career as the principal of Kendall-Whittier Elementary where she led the joining of Kendall Elementary & Whittier Elementary into Kendall-Whittier Elementary


Dennis Hoch with (Ret) Brigadier General Thomas Mancino Dennis is the Military History Center docent supervisor at the Broken Arrow Military History Museum. He has served as a full-time volunteer for 4 years. Dennis is a Civil War reenactor portraying a corporal in the 77th Pennsylvania Infantry. He is also a small arms enthusiast. He builds 18th & 19th –century replic infantry weapons. Several of his weapons are on display at the museum.


Michael Smith Mike hails from Illinois, arriving in Tulsa in 2013. His last position was with the Illinois Easter Seals doing data entry. While there he received an award for 4000 hours of service. Mike began volunteering with RSVP in 2014 & volunteers in the RSVP office as a data entry operation & assistant.





RSVP OF TULSA, INC. AND COUNTY OFFICES: You are invited! RSVP membership is free for all people aged fifty-five years and better. Register online at, or call the county office to say you want to volunteer and to schedule a personal appointment to explore local volunteer opportunities.

RSVP CREEK COUNTY – Sapulpa 918-227-3844 Penny Woolery, Creek County Project Director RSVP TULSA COUNTY – Tulsa 918-280-8656 GaryAnn Tomkalski, Programs Director Annette Bowles, Volunteer Resources Director RSVP WAGONER COUNTY – Wagoner 918-485-8992 Diana Cooper, Wagoner County Project Director

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November E-Newsletter  

Thanks for all that you do for RSVP and others!

November E-Newsletter  

Thanks for all that you do for RSVP and others!