YMCA volunteers paint a hopscotch pattern on pavement. photo by Kaitlyn Argo

Day of Caring in Tulsa: a time of service inside and outdoors

The Day of Caring, a Tulsa staple for most of the 2000s, proceeded as usual this year with contributions from TU.

This past Friday was the United Way Day of Caring in Tulsa. Day of Caring is a day where various organizations and businesses volunteer around the Tulsa area in different ways for United Way Agencies. For example, Magellan Midstream Partners had 115 volunteers helping at eight agencies.

One agency was the YMCA Hutcherson Downtown. At this YMCA, the Magellan volunteers spread mulch on a playground, painted hopscotch patterns on the ground and did general clean up of the playground. They have participated in the Day of Caring for the last 15 years.

Day of Caring is a city-wide event and a chance for business and organizations in the city to donate time and give back to the community through action. They volunteer at United Way Agencies through various means including client interaction, which could be reading to children, playing games with developmentally challenged clients or helping a senior citizen with yard and housework.

Organizations can help with indoor and outdoor projects, such as painting interior office walls, helping local food banks organize and clean their storage areas or building outdoor shade areas for assisted living homes. Many projects this year included planting planter boxes for gardening at the agencies.

Even TU had a hand in it, as the JumpstartTU organization on campus volunteered at Archer Park in painting the basketball court, guard rails, picnic tables and general clean up of the park.

There are many different ways to volunteer for the United Way, but the Day of Caring is a once-a-year focus on volunteering. If you would like to volunteer in other ways, you can visit the Tulsa Area United Way website at www.tauw.org for details of upcoming volunteer events.

Post Author: Kaitlyn Argo