Thursday, September 16, 2010

Drilling, Grilling, Painting & Planting: Thank You Tulsa!

It was hot, humid and windy, but 269 amazing volunteers at seven locations completed 30 projects for The Salvation Army during the Tulsa United Way Day of Caring. The Center of Hope homeless shelter was home for six projects as volunteers from Grand Bank installed new speed bumps in the parking lot, American Airlines employees painted the chapel and Enterprise Rent-A-Car painted the Project Able lounge. Outside the Center of Hope, volunteers from Tulsa Community College. Tulsa CARES and UPS grilled burgers for lunch. Students from the Tulsa Job Corps showed a movie and served popcorn to residents.

Painting and planting projects dominated at the Boys & Girls Clubs, as Magellan Midstream Partners volunteers planted flower borders at Mabee Red Shield and employees from Magellan and Alliance Coal painted at the North Mabee Boys & Girls Clubs. Dan Ellinor, chair-elect of TAUW’s board, and volunteers from the Bank of Oklahoma painted hallways at the West Mabee Boys & Girls Club.

At the Sapulpa Boys & Girls Club, St. John Health System employees transformed the playground by painting the wooden jungle gym bright green and yellow. Inside the club, Nichols/Pacer Energy Marketing employees painted the gym.  At the Sand Springs Club, Tulsa County employees painted the gym, Dentsply and Exterran employees cleaned the floor and painted the computer room.

We are also grateful to volunteers from the following other companies that participated in the Day of Caring: Neosource Inc., Relay Health-McKesson Corp., The Holmes Organisation. AEP-PSO, Rupe Building Company, Kimberly-Clark Corp., Bank of America, Senior Star Living, LaFarge, Southwestern Bell Company dba AT&T, Lifegate and Trase Miller Technologies.

Writer’s Note:
I was privileged to visit with and photograph volunteers at the Center of Hope and the Boys & Girls Clubs in Sand Springs and Sapulpa. It looked as if you were having a great time but I’d love to hear from you. Please post a comment, especially if you know how to get latex paint stains out of cotton. Next year I’m wearing my paint clothes, no matter how bad they look!

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