I participated in TU Service Day a few weekends ago with girls from my sorority. Hundreds of students came out to support and serve the Tulsa community. Groups were sent to all kinds of locations all over the city: food pantries, thrift stores, churches, non-profit organizations, and even the zoo! It was awesome to see how many students were willing to give up a big chunk of their Saturday to volunteer. The free food, t-shirts and pullovers were also a nice perk as well. My group sorted clothes at an organization that works to prevent homelessness throughout the city, and we were thankful for the opportunity to help out. As you can see from the pictures, we worked hard, and had a lot of fun while serving. I can’t wait until service day next year!
Every spring, the Student Association (SA) puts on an event called service day. Students sign up to be a part of a group with any organization they are involved in, such as a sorority or fraternity, a campus ministry, or an academic club. (I signed up with Society of Women Engineers.) All the groups are divided up and put on buses to different organizations around town. I had friends who went to food banks or animal shelters. I got to go to a church and help with things there. A bunch of us girls were set to organize and clean out a storage room. Being awesome and strong, we carried like six TV’s, a couch, different cabinetry, and lots of sound equipment. While this may not sound like the most enjoyable way in the world to spend a Saturday, it is actually a ton of fun! A lot of the campus is involved in the different service projects and we all have a blast together. Plus we get fed breakfast and lunch and get a free hoodie and t-shirt! Sick!
At TU, there are about a bazillion (or so it seems) clubs that one can be involved with on campus. But there are also a lot of off campus volunteer opportunities. One that I am involved with is Big Brother, Big Sister. This is an organization geared toward mentoring and helping out young students. TU partners with an elementary school about two blocks from campus called Kendall-Whittier. (Fun fact, it is actually the largest elementary school in Oklahoma! Way cool!) Each Big Brother or Sister is assigned a Little Brother or Sister and gets to meet with them for an hour a week and just spend time with them. My Little Sister and I have done things from reading books together to, well, painting pictures of the cat in the hat! The time commitment is small, the elementary school is easily within walking distance, and the program is definitely worth it!