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Oct 16-31, 2017

VOLUNTEER E-NEWSLETTER
New Name! HANDS UP

We thank you for reporting your October 2017 volunteer hours by


November 10th:
Creek County rsvpcreekcounty@rsvptulsa.org
918-227-3844
Tulsa County rsvp@rsvptulsa.org
918-280-8656
Wagoner County wagonerrsvp@rsvptulsa.org
(918) 485-8992
Washington County rsvp@rsvptulsa.org

RSVP Volunteers and Friends:

Happy Fall Yall! We have a new name for this E-Newsletter - Hands Up which seemed appropriate as this
newsletter is primarily about open positions we have for volunteering all over a 3 county area!

Per responses weve been getting, we are trying to make this newsletter a tad shorter! You will mainly be
seeing our new openings and events. Many of our old positions are still active, so please refer to previous
newsletters for those or call us! We can share the information again.
Reminder to 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, and home care. RSVP is the
only agency that documents the value of senior volunteerism in communities.

If you would like us to call you each month to ask for your monthly hours 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.org.

TULSA COUNTY VOLUNTEER RECOGNITION LUNCHEON


RSVPs NEEDED BY FRIDAY, OCT. 27Th!

TULSA COUNTY SPECIAL EVENT VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:


Contact Annette@rsvptulsa.org or (918) 280-8656 to volunteer.

NEW! Crime Prevention Network also known as Tulsa Crime Stoppers is having their annual Badges n
Barbeque event. This year it will be on Thursday, October 26th at 6 pm. It will once again be held at the
Christiansen Jet Center on 200 Lear Jet Lane at Jones Riverside Airport. They will be needing 8-10 volunteers
to help with the following:
2 people good with decorating to come from 2:30-4:30.
2 people to help with the silent auction table from 7:00-8:30pm
3-4 people to help with the food tables, serving, clearing paper plates, cups, so that others may sit down.
Anywhere from 5pm on...
There is a volunteer coordinator who will work with you and you get free BBQ too!
If you are interested in volunteering again this year for this fun and lively event please email or call Annette B.
annette@rsvptulsa.org or (918) 280-8656
NEW! TSHA (Total Source for Hearing-loss & Access) is again asking for volunteers to help with their
annual holiday party on Saturday, Dec. 2nd, 2-4:30pm at Boston Avenue United Methodist Church (gym).
You will be helping serve cookies & drinks to children who are deaf or hard of hearing and helping with activity
tables. (2-4 volunteers) SANTA will be there too! RSVP volunteers have enjoyed helping at this party in past
years!
PERMANENT TULSA COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES Typically 4 hours/week and sometimes
every other week, depending upon needs of the agency or the volunteer, by agreement.

NEW! PATHWAYS ADULT LEARNING CENTER is starting a new mentoring program and hopes to include RSVP
volunteers as mentors one hour/wk to teach life skills to an adult with a developmental disability, such as how
to use a microwave, and extended basic education in math and reading, and various other skills. Volunteer
orientation sessions are scheduled for M, Tu, Th, Fri eves at Kirk of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 4102 E 61st.
A background check is required. For specific dates and further information please contact
annette@rsvptulsa.org

NEW! DO YOU PLAY GUITAR?


A Union elementary school needs a guitar-playing volunteer to visit
a classroom for 8-10 music-loving special needs students. You can
choose your 1-2 times/month volunteer times. Contact Annette@
Annette@rsvptulsa.org for location info!

Grace Hospice is needing (2) volunteers to help set up rooms for their Virtual Dementia Tours. Tours are given
primarily to caregivers and other medical personnel. See this link for further information and contact
annette@rsvptulsa.org for referral to Grace Hospice.
https://www.facebook.com/GraceHospiceOK/videos/793979267812/

DRESS FOR SUCCESS TULSA provides the perfect location (3103 S Harvard,
corner) and environment for volunteer women helping women learn job
skills and find employment. RSVP volunteers can serve as Suiting Specialists in the clothing boutique and can
help organize, sort, and display clothing, shoes, and accessories. Volunteers can choose a regular schedule
from 10-noon, 11:30-1:30PM, OR 1-3:00PM, or choose to be a pop-in volunteer to serve for a few hours
when you are available. Here is the link if you would like to choose your spot and register.
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/508094fa4ad2fa7fb6-race after your RSVP registration time. Contact
annette@rsvptulsa.org for an appointment!

BIXBY OUTREACH CENTER includes


volunteers in these positions: client
intake interviewer, clothing stocker and
re-sale, pantry stocker and food sacker,
receptionist. Tu, W, Th from 9am to noon, or 1-4pm. Full
training and support provided volunteers are wanted to serve
in BOCs new building in downtown Bixby! Contact Annette@rsvptulsa.org

TULSA AVIATION & SPACE MUSEUM VOLUNTEERS are needed for varying shifts on the floor and for special
events. Training and a TASM shirt will be provided. The museum is planning an extension involving a new
hangar that will double the current space and will include a restaurant and classrooms. Experience in the
aviation field is helpful. To volunteer, please contact: Annette@rsvptulsa.org.

SPAY OKLAHOMA, INC. needs Check-In assistants to answer phones, schedule appointments, and assist clients
in checking in animals. Spay Oklahoma provides assistance to low-income households. Shifts are M-Th 7:30-
10:00am. Volunteers are asked to serve one or more days per week. Locations are:
NORTH: 501 E 36th St North, in Northland Center (ask for directions) and parking is just outside the entrance.
SOUTH: 12814 S Memorial Blvd, Bixby
Contact: annette@rsvptulsa.org

HOSPITALS IN THE GREATER TULSA METRO AREA - We have current openings with most of these facilities.
Please contact annette@rsvptulsa.org for additional volunteer opportunities at these facilities.

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.
Volunteers are in short supply for the Fri-Sat-Sun shifts. Can you help? Contact: annette@rsvptulsa.org for
current shift openings.

CREEK COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES AND EVENTS:


Contact Penny Woolery at 918-227-3844 or rsvpcreekcounty@rsvptulsa.org, if you are interested in
volunteering in Creek County.

St. Johns Sapulpa is looking for volunteers to work in the gift shop and also as greeters at the front desk. For
more information call Karen Dodson, Volunteer Coordinator, at 918-2244280 ext. 2316.

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 www.creekcountycasa.org.

Sapulpa Community Theatre is needing 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.

Mark Your Calendar! The Creek County Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon will be held this year on
Wednesday, October 25th, at Freddies Steak House from 12:30-2:00pm.

Heart of Route 66 Automobile Museum in Sapulpa needs volunteers to help with detailing cars, caring for the
new museum building, and serving as docents. Training is provided. Contact rsvpcreekcounty@rsvptulsa.org
WAGONER COUNTY VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES:
Contact Diana Cooper at 918-485-8992 or wagonerrsvp@rsvptulsa.org if you are interested in volunteering in
Wagoner County.

NEW TAI CHI CLASSES IN WAGONER:


Beginner Class Begins Mon Oct 2, 9-10:00am at First United Methodist Church
Will meet every Monday and Wednesday for 12 weeks
Practice Class Begins Monday, October 2, 10:00am at First United Methodist Church
Will meet every Monday and Wednesday at 10:00am for 12 weeks

NEW WAGONER COUNTY FORT GIBSON LAKE ASSOCIATION needs volunteers to help greet and inform visitors at the
Visitor Center. Each shift is four hours, two people to a shift.

LUNCH BUDDY is a new volunteer project at Wagoner Schools. Volunteers go to school to eat lunch and chat
with pre-identified kindergarten students. Often, the children just need someone to listen. Your lunch will be
provided and we can work with your schedule to find dates and times that work for your schedule.

The WAGONER COMMUNITY HOSPITAL is currently looking for smiling faces to serve in 4-hr shifts at the
Information Desk.

VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR CRAFTERS:

RSVP TULSA KNITTIN KITTENS invites 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. This includes crafting
hats, scarves for elementary school children each year who might not otherwise have them for the cold winter
months among other items. Yarn donations are always needed and appreciated. Contact:
annette@rsvptulsa.org.

RSVP/CASE COMMUNITY CENTER COMFORT CRAFTERS volunteers meet at Case


Community Center every Fri from 11:30am1:00pm and you are invited. No skill
is required and your help and friendship is requested. Contact Sherry at 918-280-
8656, or sherry@rsvptulsa.org for further information about this group and all of
the many projects they are involved with.

RSVP CREEK COUNTY HAPPY HANDS volunteers meet on Tuesdays, from 1:00-
3:30pm at the Creek County Resource Center, 19 N Main St., Sapulpa, where the
RSVP office is located. All are invited to join in the fun!

RSVP WAGONER COUNTY NIFTY NEEDLERS are crafting Caps for Kids. Volunteer crafters make stocking caps the
kindergarten students at Wagoner Ellington Elementary School. Caps can be crocheted, knit or loomed and
you can use your patterns. Call Diana Cooper at (918) 485-8992 or wagonerrsvp@rsvptulsa.org and she will
provide you with a tried and true pattern.
VOLUNTEER OPPS TO BENEFIT CHILDREN:

NEW! BACKPACKS FOR KIDS - Union Public Schools 6/7 Grade Center needs volunteers to distribute Backpacks
for Kids food and snack bags to pre-identified Union students lockers on Fridays for two hours between
12:15-3:45pm to assure they will have food over the weekend. Volunteers delivering the food while classes
are in session helps to protect the students dignity. If you are unable to lift and bend, a student helper can be
assigned to help with the deliveries with the volunteer supervising the project. Or, volunteer with a friend!
This is an easy way to help children, and also to enjoy a meaningful walk for health through the school halls!
Union is excited to welcome RSVP volunteers into their campus home! The Union 6/7 Grade Center is located
at 10100 E 61st St Please contact annette@rsvptulsa.org to say you want to help kids.

READING PARTNERS volunteers provide one-on-one reading instruction with elementary school students
reading below grade level.
Under-resourced schools engage volunteers to help students who struggle with reading to unlock and develop
the foundational skills they need to succeed in school and in life. By becoming a Reading Partner and
volunteering as little as one hour a week, you can help mentor and teach a child to learn to read - unlocking a
meaningful skill that is the foundation for future learning. You don't have to be a teacher to teach a child to
read. Reading Partners offers an easy-to-follow, proven curriculum and on-site support that allows you to help
your student to learn to read. Contact: annette@rsvptulsa.org

EXERCISE FOR HEALTH AND COMPANIONSHIP

TAI CHI: MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE FOR


PEOPLE 55+: Register at rsvp@rsvptulsa.org or
918-280-8656
1. Kaiser Library at LaFortune Park, 5202 S
Hudson Ave, Tulsa
Beginning Class: every Wed from 5:45-6:45 pm

2. Fellowship Congregation Church, 2900 S


Harvard, Tulsa
Beginning Class: Every Tu and Th from 10-
11:00am for 10 weeks NEW class beginning on
Oct 17

3. Case Community Center, 1050 W Wekiwa Rd, Sand Springs


Beginning Class: Tu & Th, noon-1:00pm for 10 weeks NEW class beginning on Oct 17

4. Case Community Center


Tai Chi: Body and Mind Class: Th from 1-2:00 pm ongoing for all students who have completed the
beginning class and want to learn and practice more Tai Chi balance and meditation exercises

5. Case Community Center Beginning Class of Men: Fri, 10-11:am for 10 weeks NEW class!
GROWING OLD HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH YOUR AGE: DONT WORRY; BE
HEALTHY, WEDNESDAY, OCT. 25TH - the second in a series of three, is an
interactive aging skills workshop for older people and local service providers for
seniors. Chris Myers-Baker presents in this fast-paced workshop which will engage
attendees in interactive activities to learn new whole-brain thinking skills to
incorporate in our thoughts as we navigate our later years. At Fellowship
Congregational Church, 2900 S Harvard from 10:00-11:30 am. Register at rsvp@rsvptulsa.org or 918-280-
8656.

RSVP IN THE COMMUNITY OCT 2017:

RSVP and their group, the Knittin Kittens, along with RSVP Executive Director, Karen Dills, Annette Bowles,
Director of Volunteer Resources and Annette Poston, Community Events Coordinator, were proud to be able
to present to St. Francis Hospital over 650 purple hats to raise awareness of Shaken Baby Syndrome. A
purple hand knitted hat is given to every new parent before they leave the hospital as a reminder to never
shake their baby.

The Knittin Kittens, meet once a week and spend many hours knitting or crocheting hats from donated yarn.
They also make baby blankets and hats that are presented to Emergency Infant Services and have donated
over 1,200 matching hats and scarves to preschools in the Tulsa area.

St. Francis employees shown with RSVP volunteers, Laverne Branch and Frieda Huffman Tauchen.

Karen Dills, Executive Director, has been fortunate to have been able to share RSVPs story with employees at
Community Care, Post Oak Lodge and Stuart C. Irby during the United Way campaign in the past month.

RSVP of Tulsa is proud to be a Tulsa Area United Way Agency. The local United Way provides funding to 59 of
the regions top non-profit organizations in the areas of education, health/safety and financial stability.

Annette Bowles, Director of Volunteer Resources & Annette Poston, Special Events Coordinator, recently
spoke at the quarterly airport ambassadors breakfast meeting as a way of introduction and sharing about the
upcoming Tulsa County luncheon on the 31st.
If you have a newsworthy story, that you would like to share here regarding your RSVP volunteering
experience, send it to Annette Bowles at abowles@rsvptulsa.org and we will share with all! Pictures are
always fun to share as well!

For additional volunteer opportunities that are ongoing, please refer to previous issues of this E-Newsletter or
call us!

RSVP OF TULSA, INC. AND COUNTY OFFICES


RSVP membership is free for all people aged fifty-five years and better. Register online at www.rsvptulsa.org,
or call the County office to say you want to volunteer and to schedule a personal appointment to explore local
volunteer opportunities. You are invited!

RSVP CREEK COUNTY Sapulpa


rsvpcreekcounty@rsvptulsa.org
918-227-3844
Penny Woolery, Creek County Project Director
RSVP TULSA COUNTY Tulsa
rsvp@rsvptulsa.org 918-280-8656
Karen Dills, Executive Director, RSVP of Tulsa Inc.
Sherry Clark, Programs Director
Diana Askins, Office and Projects Manager
Annette Bowles, Volunteer Resources Director
Annette Poston, Community Relations & Special Events Coordinator

RSVP WAGONER COUNTY Wagoner


wagonerrsvp@rsvptulsa.org
918-485-8992
Diana Cooper, Wagoner County Project Director

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