TULSA, Okla. — Family & Children’s Services thanks each of the 70 volunteers who pitched in for Day of Caring on Friday.
The day started around 8:30 a.m. with volunteers from AstraZeneca, Tulsa Community College, PennWell Corp. and LeadersLife Worksite Benefits assembling at F&CS central office, 650 S. Peoria Ave., for snacks, a send-off and assignments for the day.
“It was incredible having the volunteers here, watching them work hard and pitch in for us and United Way on Day of Caring,” said F&CS CEO Gail Lapidus. “Their work helps us a great deal and was also just a fun break from the everyday goings-on around our offices. We thank them from the bottom of our hearts for their contribution on Day of Caring.”
The volunteers were treated to a showing of how much their contribution means to F&CS through talks by F&CS leaders and one of the participants of its alternative to incarceration program, Women in Recovery. Then, the volunteers fanned out to five F&CS locations, where they helped organize papers, clean out office refrigerators, wash vehicles, clean offices and prepare packets for F&CS clients, among other needed tasks.
The volunteers were part of legions of them that fanned out across Tulsa on Friday in what TAUW President and CEO Mark Graham called one of the nation’s largest single days of service.
On its website, TAUW reports Friday was its largest Day of Caring yet, boasting of 5,582 volunteers, 447 projects completed, 142 participating companies and 94 nonprofit organizations.
“We were proud to make history with this year’s Day of Caring – the more than 5,500 volunteers working 450 projects across the area,” said Mark Graham, president and CEO of the Tulsa Area United Way.
Family & Children’s Services, the state’s largest behavioral health nonprofit and server of about 100,000 people eachyear, is one of 60 United Way partner agencies in the Tulsa area.
F&CS looks forward to continuing to work with United Way and its volunteers improve Tulsans’ lives for years to come, Lapidus said.
About Family & Children’s Services
For 90 years, Family & Children’s Services has been the place to turn for help with problems that seem overwhelming and too difficult to handle alone. The agency restores children’s well-being, heals victims of abuse, strengthens individuals and families, and provides hope and recovery for adults suffering from mental illness and addictions. Today, its life-changing services help one in six Tulsans.
Family & Children’s Services is a partner agency of the Tulsa Area United Way. F&CS is also a member of the following national organizations: Mental Health Corporations of America and the National Council for Community Behavioral Healthcare. F&CS is certified with distinction as a community mental health center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. F&CS is also certified with distinction as a Community Mental Health Center by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. Additionally, F&CS is certified by the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services as an Outpatient Alcohol and Drug Treatment Program and certified with distinction as a Gambling Treatment Program.