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Sepcial Olympics 2012 Summer Games


Special Olympics provides year-round sports training & athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children & adults with intellectual disabilities (mental retardation). Competition is provided for people of all ability levels through a divisioning process designed to allow each athlete an equal opportunity to compete & win.

Please check the link below for the volunteer registration form

http://osuserves.files.wordpress.com/2012/04/2012-sg-volunteer-form-revised1.pdf

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Stillwater Volunteer Center – Opportunities to Serve


The following is a list of volunteer opportunities around the Stillwater area. If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact the SVC at (405) 377-2161 to register as a volunteer.

American Red Cross:

What: Help with blood drives

When: Tuesdays, 12-6 p.m.

Central Oklahoma Community Action Agency:

What: Special Projects

When: Varies, M-F 8-5

Edwin Fair Community Mental Health Center:

What: Receptionist/Greeter; Maintenance; Cleaning

When: Flexible, M-F 8-5

Elite Repeat Resale Shop:

What: Process items

When: Flexible, M-Sat. 10-5

First United Methodist Church:

What: Prepare and serve community dinners

When: Thursdays, 2-7:30

Habitat for Humanity ReStore:

What: Receive and process donations; Recycling

When: Fridays 9-5, Saturdays 9-1

Highland Park Elementary:

What: Reading Buddy – read with a child

When: One day a week, M-F 11:30-12

Humane Society of Stillwater:

What: Walk dogs; Socialize cats

When: Flexible, Tues. Wed. & Fri. 2-6, Th. 2-7, Sat. & Sun. 1-5

Image Hospice:

What: Office work and direct care with patients-sit with them, read, play cards.

When: Flexible, M-F 8:30-5

Judith Karman Hospice:

What: Visit patients; Assist in resale shop; Office help; Fundraising

When: Flexible, M-F 9:30-4:30, and Saturdays

Legal Aid Services of Oklahoma:

What: Office assistance

When: Flexible, M-F 8:30-12 & 1-5

Life Adult Day Center:

What: Socialize with elderly

When: Flexible, M-F 7:30-5:30

Payne County CASA:

What: Be a court appointed advocate for an abused or neglected child; Fundraising

When: Various times, a one-year commitment to be a CASA, fundraising help also needed

Payne County Youth Services:

What: Administrative assistance; Perform activities and socialize with youth

When: Varies, Mon. Wed. & Fri. 8-5, Tues. & Thurs. 8-8

Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History:

What: Receptionist/Greeter; Educational programs; Shop assistance; Data entry; tours

When: Varies, T-F 11-5, Sat. & Sun. 1-4

St. Andrew’s Thrift Shop:

What: Serve a three hour shift to help customers at the sales desk; work the cash register

When: T,W,F 10-4, Th 10-6 (3 hour shifts; 10 am-1pm or 1pm-4pm one day a week)

Sterling House of Stillwater:

What: Accompany residents to doctor appointments; Shave male residents

When: Varies

Stillwater Community Health Center:

What: Volunteers with medical experience

When: Tues. & Thurs. 4-7

Stillwater Domestic Violence Services:

What: Assist with transportation for shelter clients

When: Varies

Stillwater Medical Center:

What: Take photos of babies for website; Install Lifelines

When: Flexible, M-F 8-5

Stillwater Mobile Meals:

What: Deliver hot meals to the elderly, convalescing or homebound

When: One or more days a week, M-F 11:30-12:30

 

The Saville Center:

What: Cleaning; Maintenance; Mail-outs; Holiday decorating; Prepare lunches

When: Flexible, M-F 9-5

Tiny Paws Kitten Rescue:

What: Bottle feed and socialize kittens; Clean cages

When: Flexible, Mon.-Sun. 7-7

 

Remember, if you would like to serve at any of these opportunities, you must contact the SVC at (405) 377-2161 and register as a volunteer.

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Bedlam Blood Battle 2011


(All credit to Kristi Lester of the Oklahoma Blood Institute)

What Color Do You Bleed???

You will have your chance to show which team your heart bleeds for by planning to attend the Bedlam Blood Battle this fall.  The 2nd Bedlam Blood Battle competition will be held November 14-18 on the OSU Campus.  (Location TBD)  Last year, OSU barely pulled out the win and Beat OU.  (OSU had 1009 donations and OU had 920).

 

How can you make a difference in securing another Bedlam Blood Battle Championship???

Being a student leader on campus, you can play a big part in the success of this event.  Please encourage members of your group to participate in this life saving event.  Ask everyone to spread the word by sending out emails, posting to Facebook, Tweeting, and leading by example.

 

Why should someone donate blood???

Donating blood is something that is free, that has a tremendous impact, and only takes an hour of your time.  Did you know that over 60% of the population is eligible to donate but only about 5% actually do?  Did you know that every 2 seconds someone is receiving a blood transfusion?  Did you know that 3 out of 4 people will need a blood transfusion at some point in their life?

 

General rules for donation for a college student:  weigh at least 110 pounds, have a photo ID (student ID, Drivers License, passport), be in general good health.

 

Many people have tattoos/piercing and/or may have traveled to foreign countries.  This doesn’t disqualify you from donating.  The donation rules concerning these have actually lightened up and it’s much easier now and the wait time might be nothing or very little!  Make sure you still stop by and try!

 

What you get for trying to donate???

Free T-Shirt, Chance to win 2 Free Bedlam Football game Tickets, and FREE PIZZA!!! You can also count your hour for the CORD!

 

FEEL GOOD. GIVE BLOOD. GO POKES!!!

 

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Judith Karman Hospice Volunteer Training


The Stillwater hospice has volunteer training opportunities
coming up! They have two core training sessions in late September.
Follow this link for more information: http://goo.gl/9TkRq
Tuesday, 9/27 from 5:00 - 7:30
Wednesday, 9/28 from 5:00 - 7:30

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Oxfam America Emergency!


On top of the widespread famine affecting the people of Somalia, a cholera epidemic has sprouted up in the impoverished region. This preventable disease can be fatal for the malnourished Somalis. Oxfam is airlifting emergency supplies, but they need help! Donate if you can, spread the word if you can’t.

Follow this link to a video about what Oxfam does:
http://goo.gl/KLYF4

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Free Zoo Tickets for Blood Donors


FEEL STRONG this summer by donating blood with Oklahoma Blood Institute!
You’ll receive a voucher for two tickets to the Oklahoma City Zoo, a T-shirt and the satisfaction of knowing you saved three lives with your donation.
Photo ID Required.
Now through August, you can support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society by forgoing the T-shirt offered in appreciation for giving blood. In turn, Oklahoma Blood Institute will make a monetary contribution of similar value to support The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

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Oxfam America: Fix the Broken Food System


Dear Joyce,
Soon there’ll be nine billion of us on the planet.
The food, water, and land we all rely on could be used up.
Starting today, Oxfam’s GROW campaign will work to change the way we produce, consume and eat.
Take the first step.
Your family goes to bed hungry every night. You scrape just enough money together each day to feed them, but today at the market, the prices of basic foods like rice have jumped. What do you do?
Give your kids less? Eat less yourself?
This dilemma is real. Food prices in recent years have hit record levels, causing riots in 25 countries. Farmers who are producing the world’s food can no longer feed their families.
Our food system is broken…but not beyond repair. Oxfam is launching a major campaign to take on the policies and corporations that control how much food gets produced, where it goes, who eats and who doesn’t – and we need your help.
Hunger isn’t about too many people and too little food. Our world produces enough food for all of us. So why does one in seven people still go to bed hungry each night?
A small handful of corporations control the vast majority of the food we eat. Local elites and frantic investors are grabbing up land we desperately need. Crops are being turned into fuel for SUVs. The causes are complex, but the solutions are pretty simple. And every one of us can make a difference, right now.
Together, over the coming months, we’ll push for a few simple but powerful changes to ensure our planet is ready to feed 9 billion people by 2050. Here’s how we’ll do it:
  • Demand that our leaders use crops for food, not fuel.
  • Pressure Congress to make sure ALL our food aid actually reaches those who need it most – right now, half never makes it.
  • Hold corporations accountable when they speculate on food prices, causing costs to spike and people to go hungry.
  • Push world leaders to help small farmers, who are facing more frequent droughts, floods and storms.
We aren’t saying it’s going to be easy. But together, we can make sure there is a place at the table for 9 billion people.
Sincerely,
Vicky Rateau, Campaign Manager, GROW
Oxfam America

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AmeriCorps Members Working Night and Day to Help Joplin Recover


*By Sandy Scott

Joplin, Mo. — In the wake of the nation’s deadliest tornado in six decades, more than 80 AmeriCorps members are working night and day to assist first responders and victims in the recovery efforts in Joplin, Mo.

With the death toll at 126, more than 700 people injured, and thousands of structures destroyed, the EF-5 tornado that struck Joplin last Sunday flattened everything in its path, leaving residents to scramble to find missing family members and find immediate shelter.

AmeriCorps members have traveled from near and far to Joplin to help coordinate relief efforts. Among the first on the ground was a group from the AmeriCorps St. Louis Emergency Response Team, an AmeriCorps program that acts as a multi-functional rapid deployment group that has provided immediate and long-term disaster response to disasters in 29 states over the past 17 years.

As soon as word came of the devastation in Joplin, a team of AmeriCorps St. Louis ERT members packed their equipment and drove through the night to Joplin, arriving at 2:30 a.m. on Monday, not knowing where they would sleep but ready to get to work.

They quickly went into action to open a Missing Persons Hotline for individuals to register a profile of those who have not been accounted for after the deadly tornado. By 5:30 a.m., the AmeriCorps team had set up a 24-hour Missing Persons Hotline with the help of IT staffers at Missouri Southern State University.

Megan MacDougall, an AmeriCorps member who set up and is now overseeing the call center, said thousands of calls have been logged since the hotline opened. Callers give a detailed description of missing family or friends that goes into a database accessible to the Sheriff’s Office, Highway Patrol, Family Assistance Office, and search and rescue teams.  The Missouri Department of Public Safety, which oversees the missing person’s effort, yesterday released a list of 232 individuals for whom an official missing persons report had been filed.

“We’ll stay here until we’re no longer needed,” said MacDougall, who hopes to find a job working on disaster relief when her year in AmeriCorps ends.

AmeriCorps members are also in the community, with teams of AmeriCorps members leading groups of 40-50 volunteers into Joplin to clear roads and debris to ensure first responders can maneuver effectively in search and rescue missions. AmeriCorps members are also registering and managing volunteers, overseeing a donation warehouse, and conducting needs assessments.

Stephanie Jackson, an AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC) team leader from the Denver, is managing the donations warehouse at Missouri Southern State University.  Her team, one of four NCCC teams in Joplin, had been working in St. Louis for the previous three weeks responding to the Good Friday tornado when they were redeployed to Joplin on Monday night.  Jackson said her team got two hours of sleep the night they arrived by didn’t mind as they were eager to get to work.  “We couldn’t wait to get here to help.  It makes me feel alive and I know I am making a difference.”

Twelve AmeriCorps members from Skagit and Yakima counties in Washington State are also serving in Joplin.  These AmeriCorps members, part of the Washington Conservation Corps, were redeployed from St. Louis and are assisting in the distribution center, volunteer intake center, and clean up efforts.

The AmeriCorps members in Joplin are part of a much larger national service response to the devastating floods and tornadoes that have struck the South and the Midwest this spring. Hundreds of AmeriCorps members and RSVP volunteers are serving in Alabama, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Missouri, North Dakota, North Carolina, Ohio, Virginia, and Wisconsin.

The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS), which oversees AmeriCorps, is working closely with FEMA and state officials in Missouri and other states to effectively use national service resources.  The agency is deploying four staff members to Missouri to provide assistance to deployed AmeriCorps service projects including project development, logistical support, safety assurance, coordination among voluntary agencies, and support in the various federal and inter-agency disaster offices.

“This spring has seen an unprecedented series of disasters for our country. I’m proud our national service participants have put their skills and training to work to provide critical assistance to our fellow Americans who are facing such devastation,” said Kelly DeGraff, senior advisor for disaster services at CNCS.  “AmeriCorps members were on the scene within hours after the tornado struck, and we’ll be there for the long haul.”

Learn more about ways to donate or volunteer to support Joplin by clicking here.  For more information on national service disaster response, visit our Disaster Services webpage.

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The Corporation for National and Community Service is a federal agency that engages more than five million Americans in service through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps, and Learn and Serve America programs, and leads President Obama’s national call to service initiative, United We Serve. For more information, visit NationalService.gov.

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Smile for a Day: Leukemia & Lymphoma Society


A fairy offering wishes, illustration by John ...

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Have you ever considered asking the tooth fairy for a donation? That’s exactly what Audrey Liles did while participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society‘s School & Youth Program – Pennies for Patients.
When I heard about this, it reminded me just how powerful children can be. I’m enclosing the note sent to us from Jennifer Liles, Audrey’s mom.
This is the 2nd year my daughter has participated in “Pennies for Patients” at her elementary school, Piney Point Elementary School, Tall Timbers, MD. Today she brought home the information and emptied her piggy bank to fill up the box for the LLS program. My daughter just turned seven and is in the 1st grade.
After dinner she asked me for a blank piece of paper to write a letter to the tooth fairy and asked me not to look. When she got done this is what she had written:
(I have not edited grammar or spelling)
Dear tooth fairy we are having a thing at school called Make change beat cancer. We have to send money to the school and donate to other people that don’t have the money to buy the medicine for there sick kids. So I was thinking you could come to my house tonight and leave me money so I can bring it to school. Love, Audrey Liles
This made my heart melt and I really felt the need to share it with you. Thank you, Jennifer Liles (Audrey’s Mom)
We’re always amazed at the impact children are making on the lives of patients with cancer. This year alone, more than 15 million students raised $26 million through our School & Youth Programs to help beat cancer. We are grateful for people like Audrey, her mom Jennifer, and for all tooth fairies.
Your support makes a difference.
For more information about LLS’s vital work, visit www.lls.org.
Wishing you the best of health,


John E. Walter
President & CEO

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Volunteer with PNOLA!


PNOLA (more information here) is based in New Orleans and is dedicated to supporting the

recovery of the residents of Lower Mid-City New Orleans and its surrounding neighborhoods by rebuilding quality affordable housing and developing the community assets necessary for a vital neighborhood.

PNOLA needs volunteers like YOU to get involved. How can you start? Go here!

Mid City New Orleans

Image by Karen Apricot New Orleans via Flickr

Latest news and updates are posted here.

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