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About the True Blue Neighbors Initiatve

At the core of the True Blue Neighbors Initiative lies extraordinary leadership, and exceptional students, staff and faculty who are committed to our great mission:

“To build a better community, a better citizen and a better University, through service.”

True Blue Neighbors volunteers reported over 75,000 hours of community service in the Tulsa community from July 2016-June 2017! Our volunteers served over 200 nonprofit organizations, churches, schools and local municipal and government agencies. Community service and engagement continues to be an integral component of what being at TU means, as well as a point of pride for our TU students, staff and faculty members. Want to join the True Blue Neighbors volunteer initiative? Register as a volunteer!

Since The University of Tulsa first opened its doors in Tulsa as Henry Kendall College in 1907, it has been inextricably tied to the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood, the City of Tulsa and the Greater Tulsa region. Rich in history and steeped in cultural tradition, the area continues to be an outstanding home for the university, which derives much of its inspiration and enthusiasm from its neighbors. The University of Tulsa students, staff and faculty are committed to helping the community invigorate its neighborhoods, redefine economic prosperity and address a full range of critical social issues. Already deeply entrenched in the community, The University of Tulsa strives to be a good neighbor and a partner in the renaissance of Tulsa.

Kendall-Whittier Neighborhood

A key component of The University of Tulsa’s mission is to engage students in the responsibility of citizenship and service in a changing world. In 2009, TU President Emeritus Steadman Upham championed the formation of the True Blue Neighbors initiative for students, faculty and staff to help improve the quality of life in the Kendall-Whittier neighborhood, as well as the city of Tulsa.

Earliest contributions focused heavily on Kendall-Whittier Elementary School where True Blue Neighbors coordinated the delivery of volunteers, school supplies and uniforms, academic mentor-ship, winter clothing, holiday meals, and special community events. Since 2009, True Blue Neighbors has expanded its role within the neighborhood in the following ways: managing a 21st Century Community Learning Center in the afterschool hours at Kendall-Whittier Elementary (with nearly a $1.5M impact in extending the learning day for neighborhood children in the past 5 years), serving as board members, providing volunteers, assisting with transportation and security, sharing University facilities and contributing financial support to numerous neighborhood initiatives, events and organizations.

Greater Tulsa and Surrounding Area

Since its inception, True Blue Neighbors volunteers have contributed community service and outreach efforts to hundreds of non-profit organizations, schools and agencies in Tulsa and the surrounding area. The University of Tulsa volunteers have reported more than 375,000 hours from 2006 to 2016.

Our Community Partners

True Blue Neighbors partners with over 80 local organizations and government agencies. Please visit our opportunities page to view a list of current volunteer opportunities.To view a listing of community partners, visit here.