This week’s e-newsletter contains a number of new long-term volunteer opportunities! Listed below is a synopsis of each experience available for seniors to get involved. In addition, click the link at the bottom of the list for additional short-term and long-term opportunities. The Tulsa community needs you!
New! The Food Bank Senior Servings. The site is Gilcrease Hills Estates (near Gilcrease Museum). One in 16 Oklahoma seniors has to choose between purchasing food or medicine. Senior Servings provides nutritious food to seniors over 60 who are at risk of hunger. The seniors receive fresh produce, bakery items and a pre-packed bag of healthy, shelf-stable food (food with a long shelf life). The Food Bank partners with low-income senior housing complexes, senior centers and congregate meal sites to distribute the food to seniors twice a month. The program currently serves more than 1,350 seniors at 32 sites in 14 counties. The Gilcrease site is in need of 1-2 volunteers to help with the distribution of the food. Their distributions are on the 1st and 3rd Monday, every month from 10:30am to 12 noon. During this timeframe, the volunteers will help a Food Bank staff member bring the food inside from the parking lot, set it out on tables inside, and get people to sign-in as they come to pick up the food. The volunteers can begin ASAP.
- New! Rebuilding Together Tulsa, 701 S. Main Street, is a local non-profit that provides free home repairs for low-income, elderly and disabled homeowners. All repairs focus on safety, security, and weatherproofing. They are seeking an enthusiastic, motivated volunteer to aid the Program and Community Relations Departments in Office and Clerical work. Flexible Hours Wednesday & Thursday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. • Light filing • Scanning documents • Small mailings • Answering phones and taking messages Volunteers work year round to complete free home repairs for between 150-200 homeowners in Tulsa each year, allowing them to remain living in their homes.
- New! Community Health Connection, 2321 East 3rd Street, needs volunteers for reception and intake assistance. Shifts are Monday-Friday 9:00am to 12:30pm or 12:30pm to 4pm. Volunteers should enjoy visiting with people, courteously answering questions plus being bi-lingual would be a plus. The mission of Community Health Connection is to provide quality and accessible health care across all life cycles regardless of ability to pay and to respect the dignity and culture of our community now and in the future.
- New! McArthur Elementary School, 2182 S 73rd East Ave. Volunteers are needed to assist with the Backpack Program. This program ensures children who are food insecure have enough food to get through weekends when there may not be enough food in their home. Volunteers are needed on Friday mornings from 8:30am to approximately 10:30-11:00am to distribute backpacks to the various lockers. This also allows volunteers to note any discrepancies, i.e. last week’s backpack is still in the child’s locker, no backpack in locker, different name on locker etc. *Note: if Friday distribution is a holiday or early release day for school, distribution will be on Thursday.
- New! American Cancer Society needs Volunteer Drivers. Every day cancer patients need a ride to treatment, but some may not have a way to get there. The American Cancer Society Road to Recovery program provides transportation to and from treatment for people who have cancer, but who do not have a ride or are unable to drive themselves. They have 3 vehicles that the drivers use currently. Volunteer drivers donate their time so that patients can receive the life-saving treatments they need.
- New! Hospitality House of Tulsa, 1135 S Victor Avenue, offers a variety of volunteer positions:
Welcome Center Host, Hospitality House offers a ‘Home Away From Home’ for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis. The Welcome Host will provide assistance with checking families in and out, acting as host to families, answering the phone, light office duties, light housekeeping, assisting staff with daily activities such as delivering meals, routine apartment checks, baking cookies, folding laundry, etc. Need to be physically able to climb stairs. Training provided. Various shifts are available.
Meal Preparation, Nothing says “home” better than a home-cooked meal prepared by people who truly care. Help ease the stress and financial burden for families in medical crisis and give them a “home away from home” by preparing meals. Meals may be either dropped off at the Welcome Center and delivered to the families’ apartments, or served family-style in the Welcome Center where guests are invited down to share in fellowship time. You can help by joining with your family, friends, co-workers or church group to provide meals for Hospitality House families, monthly, quarterly, or whatever works with your schedule!
Gardner, a volunteer with a “Green Thumb” is needed to maintain small landscaped beds for this local non-profit that provides a ‘home away from home’ for families caring for loved ones in medical crisis. Here’s your chance to get some exercise, be outside in the fresh air and help others!
- New! Cancer Treatment Centers of America has a variety of volunteer positions available, 10109 E. 79th St, (81st and HWY 169 or 81st and Mingo area). Volunteers can park in the visitor parking on the south side of the building. There is also free valet parking if it is dark and you don’t want to walk to and from your car.
Concierge Assistant, Assist the Concierge with duties as needed such as delivering flowers, a wheelchair to a guest room, or mail to a guest room. Visit with guests in the lobby or water flowers in the lobby area, shifts are 4 hours. It is a visible position because the Concierges get a lot of questions, so it is a fast-paced area.
Clinic Host/Hostess, You will serve in our busy Clinic by assisting the check-in desk with needed activities by making copies or fixing the puzzle pads. You may also help our patients be more comfortable while they wait for appointments by visiting with waiting patients or caregivers, getting them warm blankets if they are cold, getting them coffee or tea from the hospitality area in the clinic, getting them magazines or puzzle books, etc… Tues and Thurs 9am to 1pm or 10am to 2pm….either shift. You will be on your feet most of the time so please dress in comfortable, close-toed shoes.
Pianist on Wednesdays, 11am – 1pm (or you can play longer if you want!). 11am – Noon they play in the Gallery on our new Yamaha Digital piano and then from Noon – 1pm on the keyboard in our Dining Room.
CTCA volunteers receive access to the Fitness Center. Every volunteer has to have a TB test and booster done to become a volunteer. Annual TB test & Flu shots are free to volunteers. You will also receive a free meal for every 4 hours served, an invitation to the annual Volunteer Recognition event with a gift, and an invitation to the stakeholder Christmas party for all of CTCA. Free parking and a free Volunteer jacket/smock to wear when serving there.
- New! Tulsa Historical Society, 2445 South Peoria. Historical Society volunteers are known officially as the “Guardians.” Guardian volunteers support the mission of THS to collect, preserve and present Tulsa’s history by providing assistance to staff in daily operations and special projects. Service as a Guardian gives individuals an opportunity to broaden their knowledge of Tulsa’s history, an opportunity to work in a beautiful environment and an opportunity to be a part of a friendly, committed group of people who share a passion for Tulsa’s history. Guardians must be at least 18 years old and be available to work at least one three-hour shift a month. Ongoing training and educational opportunities are provided.
- New! N.E.A.T.’s, North East Active Timers at 3119 S. Jamestown Avenue is looking for a volunteer to help in the office on Fridays from 12 noon – 3 pm. N.E.A.T.’s mission is to provide programs and services for the “chronologically gifted” (55+) with a focus on centenarians through fellowship for education and enrichment, participation in excursions, trips, and local and area events. In addition, N.E.A.T.’s mission encourages retirees to become volunteers in the community to assist the young and the old in ways that will add to their quality of life.
For more volunteer opportunities through RSVP Tulsa’s office, please click here.