Family & Children’s Services was a flurry of activity on Friday, September 5th as nearly 100 volunteers participated in the 23rd annual Tulsa Area United Way (TAUW) Day of Caring. CEO Gail Lapidus welcomed enthusiastic volunteers from seven area companies by introducing them to Family & Children’s Services and explaining how the nearly 90 year old agency  works to heal traumatized and hurting children, strengthen individuals and families and provide hope and recovery for those battling mental illness and addiction.

“I am reminded of a quote by Winston Churchill who said, ‘We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.’ On behalf of the more than 100,000 people we serve each year, I thank you,” said Lapidus.

The TAUW Day of Caring introduces community volunteers to TAUW partner agencies. Across the Tulsa area, a record 5,500 volunteers worked on more than 400 projects across the Tulsa area. “We are grateful for this tremendous response, making Tulsa’s Day of Caring one of the largest in the nation,” said Mark R. Graham, President and CEO. “I can’t think of a more visible example of our community’s philanthropic spirit hard at work.”

Family & Children’s Services volunteers completed a host of projects including; maintenance and beautification of agency grounds, facilities and vehicles, teaching clients basic sewing techniques, putting together agency intake folders and collateral, and helping with upcoming fundraising events such as Card Card Tulsa. In just one day, the volunteers worked a total of 375 hours. “The work that these volunteers do each and every year is vital to our operations,” said Carrie Little, Community Relations Manager. “Volunteers provide support that would take staff days to complete and they do so with smiles and generous hearts.”

AstraZeneca employees Lisa Davis and Sheldon Jackson teamed up to assemble hundreds Care Card signs which will be distributed to participating merchants in October. Davis learned about Family & Children’s Services and our mission when she worked as a nurse and referred patients to our services. “That’s when I gained a firm understanding of how your services impact the community,” said Davis. In addition to volunteering for Day of Caring, she also regularly donates clothes and other household items to Family & Children’s Services. Jackson explained that AstraZeneca employees love to volunteer and get their hands dirty. “It’s easy to give money, but harder to give time,” said Jackson. He believes that giving a little something can make a big difference. A theory proved correct on Day of Caring.

Family & Children’s Services Participating Day of Caring Companies

  • AstraZeneca
  • City of Tulsa
  • Pennwell
  • Tulsa Community College
  • Schnake Turnbo and Frank
  • Williams

Learn more about the Tulsa Area United Way 2014 record-setting goal of $26,200,000 which is the largest goal in its 90-year history.


Photo: Carrie Little, Sheldon Jackson, and Lisa Davis