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Answering Volunteering is not about money; it’s about giving, contributing and helping other individuals and the community at large. Are you ready to work with others to make a meaningful contribution this year? By Rob Harmon

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2016, Tulsa had over 475,000 adults in the workforce. A scant 25 percent of those adults volunteered their time to a worthy cause at least once. That’s not to say volunteerism isn’t alive in Green Country, but Tulsa, we can do better.

time and effort to all the important issues Tulsa faces. If each new volunteer worked only 10 hours, that would translate to close to 500,000 additional volunteer hours. If you are feeling like getting more involved this year, here are some places to contact and volunteer.

Imagine if together we increased that percentage by 10 to 35 in 2017. An additional 50,000 volunteers would donate their

Hearts of Steel Foundation

Tulsa Area United Way

6778 E. 130th Place | Bixby 918-230-8820 |

1430 S. Boulder Ave. | Tulsa 918-583-7171 |

This organization has numerous volunteer projects throughout the year and relies on groups of volunteers to pull them off. You can either join a group already designated to a project or let them know you have a group of volunteers. Through an initiative called YST Project Corps, you can sign up for a one-time job or even schedule your group for a recurring project.

The Hearts of Steel Foundation is dedicated to helping families suffering from congenital heart defects through awareness and financial relief. You can volunteer for services like lawn care, car servicing, house cleaning, child care, massage services and much more. Donating time and effort in this way is unbelievably helpful when you consider that one or more parents of children born with heart defects will have to quit their job to care for loved ones.

There are several ways to volunteer with the Tulsa Area United Way. Disaster relief help after a tornado, flood or another life-altering event through providing food, shelter, comfort and anything else needed is one excellent way. Join the Women’s Leadership Council and make a networking difference in Tulsa’s diverse community. Become a loaned executive by volunteering your sales, leadership and negotiation skills to advance United Way’s many causes.

Oxley Nature Center

Tulsa Zoo

3452-3676 Mohawk Blvd. | Tulsa 918-669-6644 |

6421 E. 36th | Tulsa 918-669-6602 |

Tulsa Public Schools

The Mary K. Oxley Nature Center is quietly tucked inside Tulsa’s historic Mohawk Park. Volunteers are always welcome and needed. Attend the six-part training and become a volunteer naturalist. Serve school groups by teaching them about nature and its invaluable qualities. Choose to be a groundskeeper and keep one of Northeast Oklahoma’s top wildlife study areas in tip-top shape.

Become a Zooper Trooper, a one-time volunteer who helps with greeting guests, arts and crafts activities, carnival games, zoo mascots, mini pumpkin painting and other awesome events at the zoo. Families can volunteer together, whether the children are in middle school, high school or college. Anyone 13 years and older can show up with their adult guardian and help keep the Tulsa Zoo cool.

Serve as a library assistant, a math tutor, a pen pal, an office assistance or any of the other scores of ways to give back to your community by volunteering. It certainly does “take a village” and the children are waiting. Enjoy flexible hours and directly impact the success of Tulsa’s school children through your generous efforts.

Youth Services of Tulsa 311 S. Madison | Tulsa 918-582-0061 |

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3027 S. New Haven Ave. | Tulsa 918-746-6800 |

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