If you survived the big box store crowds of Black Friday, and came out to show your support on Small Business Saturday, I’ve got great news for you that doesn’t have to cost you a penny. Today is Giving Tuesday, a designation intended to mark the beginning of this most charitable of seasons.
Good causes in need of our Giving Tuesday support abound, and while I’m sure none of them would turn away a cash contribution, there are at least two ways to support nonprofits that can have a longer lasting impact: donating your time and lending your voice.
As True Blue Neighbors at The University of Tulsa, we’ve got a very particular interest in supporting the organizations and programs serving Kendall-Whittier, the neighborhood that our campus calls “home”. We’ve compiled a few ways that you can get involved in helping our neighbors:
True Blue Neighbors Youth Mentoring Program at Kendall-Whittier Elementary
We can always use help in this high-impact, federally funded afterschool program, and we’re particularly eager to have representatives of The University of Tulsa and the community meet with our students to introduce them to their work. It’s a great way for kids to get to know their communities, and to develop a framework for imagining how their lives might look once they’re out of school and on their own.
Kendall-Whittier, Inc. Emergency Food Pantry
Conveniently located on The University of Tulsa campus, this is one of the only neighborhood-based, food delivery programs in the city of Tulsa. Volunteers support the hundreds of calls made to the pantry each year requesting food support. The Emergency Food Pantry provides, at no cost to recipients, a week’s worth of nutritious food for an individual or family, up to four times a year.
Lend Your Voice: http://hungerfreeok.org/the-solutions/#advocacy
Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa
The Hardesty Center for Fab Lab Tulsa is an IRS qualified 501 (c) (3) tax exempt, not-for-profit entity located in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood of Tulsa. Fab Lab Tulsa provides community access to advanced manufacturing and digital fabrication tools for learning skills, developing inventions, creating businesses and producing personalized products. Fab Lab Tulsa is one of over 700 MIT-chartered Fab Labs in more than 70 countries and the first in the southeastern region of the United States. Furthermore, Fab Lab Tulsa is one of the top labs globally in terms of leadership, organization, support, size and capabilities, and an excellent example of the impact a fab lab can make on a community.
Lend Your Voice: http://vitalsigns.changetheequation.org/state/oklahoma/overview
Perhaps this Giving Tuesday, we can all make gifts of our time and of our voice.
Danielle Hovenga, Director of True Blue Neighbors