Information to share with your chapters: Chapters participating: 110 Chapters reporting: 107 Books collected/distributed: 82,140 Recipients: 32,160 #Community volunteers: 2,562 #Members 4,661 Total # volunteers 7,223 #Assisteens Auxiliaries 18 Thank you for Making a Difference everyday in your community.
The Assistance League of Tulsa’s 45th Anniversary and Open House on Sunday, February 21, was a wonderful experience. It was amazing to see the magic that our members performed in transforming Bargains and the Operation School Bell areas into uncluttered beautifully decorated rooms that left enough space for our visitors to walk. Of course, by Monday we had all of the “magic” put away and we were ready to work. We were pleased that Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Victoria Bartlett were able to attend. Mayor Bartlett read a Proclamation honoring our 45 years of service to the Tulsa Community. They both learned about Operation School Bell and our partners. It was a good opportunity to share information and Victoria asked if she could donate to Bargains…YES, of course. Life Senior Services, Mental Health of Oklahoma and Emergency Infant Services were wonderful to bring items to share with our members and guests. They stayed the entire time to help us celebrate. The entry floral arrangement of blue iris was elegant and provided by Toni’s Flowers. Merritt’s Bakery provided the cookies that added to making the middle room inviting. Hospitality did some special magic in the middle room with decorations and a beautiful table of goodies. We were pleased that some of our honored guests attended and some new folks dropped in. We have three people who asked for information about joining and a young man, who is an attorney from Sapulpa, saw the trolley from the TU track and came to visit. He was so impressed that he is going to volunteer to help with delivery to John 3:16 and with estate sale pick-up. We made new friends with Jay DeMuyncks’ Knights of Columbus group, who helped with the University of Tulsa’s parking lot. Also, many husbands helped in our parking lot. Other special helpers included two darling granddaughters belonging to Loretta Raschen and Jan Chilcoat. Volunteers from the School of Arts and Sciences and the National Charity League worked hard on Saturday before our Open House. We appreciate our volunteers. The Open House was fun and proves again that this group of women can take any idea and turn it into something special. There are too many names to mention and too many to thank, but you know who you are…
Here are the results of our effort for Make a Difference Day. My thanks to all of you for your participation and getting the forms back. I'm tooting our horn. You are the very best.
Assistance League has been named a 2013 National Make A Difference Day Award Honoree in recognition of its member volunteers collecting 113,101 books in a nationwide 94-chapter drive. The Assistance League project was selected from thousands of efforts that took place on Make A Difference Day 2012, the nation’s largest single day of volunteering sponsored by USA WEEKEND Magazine in partnership with Points of Light and supported by Newman’s Own. Locally, Assistance League of Tulsa participated in the National Children’s Book Drive by collecting 1,299 books for donation to Tulsa Public Schools with mentoring programs, Lakeside Residential Center and the Tulsa Advocacy for the Protection of Children. Together, with 93 other chapters of Assistance League, these local efforts led to selecting Assistance League as one of ten national honorees. More than 21,500 Assistance League member and community volunteers were inspired to participate in this event, with the project focused on children’s literacy since reading is a critical element in every youngster’s development. “Locally, several hundred volunteers contributed time and books to make this event a success. By providing books to those in need, Assistance League continues to make a difference in our community,” said Martha Nichols, chair of book driveforAssistance League of Tulsa. Pictured below are the women from Assistance League of Tulsa who collected and delivered all of the books they received. Assistance League was recognized at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., in late April at which time it received a $10,000 donation from Newman’s Own and was spotlighted in the April 19-21 issue of USA WEEKEND Magazine. In presenting the award, CBS News Congressional Correspondent Nancy Cordes pointed out, “In just one day, Assistance League put the gift of a new, magical world into some of America’s smallest hands.” More information about Assistance League’s Make a Difference Day success may be found at www.AssistanceLeague.org, with specifics on Assistance League of Tulsa located at www.altulsa.org.
Our heartfelt thanks to all of you who donated books to the Assistance League
of Tulsa’s book drive. Your kindness resulted in over 1,200 books being collected
and then distributed to the schools and facilities below.
We also want to thank all the Tulsa Teacher Credit Unions that allowed us to
put donation boxes in their credit unions. Also we thank Steve’s Sundry Books
& Magazines for their generosity in allowing us to place a collection box at their
Assistance League of Tulsa is sponsoring a children’s book drive in support of Make A Difference Day,a national day of community service scheduled for Oct. 27. New or gently loved books for children in grades kindergarten through eighth are being collected Oct. 22 to Nov. 2 at Tulsa Teachers Credit Unions, Steve’s Sundry Books & Magazines and Assistance League of Tulsa’s Bargains Resale Shop.These books will be presented the week of Nov. 5 to Tulsa Public Schools with mentoring programs, Lakeside Residential Center and Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children. The Assistance League of Tulsa book drive is being replicated across the country as part of a nationwide project of Assistance League for Make A Difference Day. The organization is encouraging all of its 120 chapters to participate in conjunction with its national signature program, Operation School Bell, with a national goal of collection and donation of 100,000 books. This national endeavor is an extension of chapters’ everyday work to meet needs in their communities, with nearly 250,000 students receiving support toward improved literacy just last year. “While this one day in October is Make A Difference Day, the real story is that Assistance League makes a difference every day in communities across the country,” said Anne Neish, president of the national organization. For more information about Make a Difference Day, go to www.handsonnetwork.org/MakeADifferenceDay. Assistance League of Tulsa Bargains Resale Shop 3408 E. 11th St., Tulsa, OK 74112 The books collected will be presented the week of Nov. 5 -9 to: Tulsa Public Schools mentoring programs with the greatest need Anderson Burroughs Celia Clinton East Central Hale Lindbergh MacArthur Marshall McClure McKinley McLain Sequoyah Springdale Tulsa Met Whitman Lakeside Residential Center Residential treatment program for male and female youth who are judged to be delinquent. Youth and families are involved in an intensive family treatment program and also attend educational classes provided by Tulsa Public Schools. Tulsa Advocates for the Protection of Children Partners with the Oklahoma Department of Human Services to improve the lives of abused and neglected children in Tulsa County through advocacy, resource development, best practice service provision and community outreach. We would like to thank Ryan Medico from Tasc Movers for donating boxes to collect the books for our Children's Book Drive.
BY DANNA SUE WALKER World Staff Writer The Assistance League of Tulsa's annual Sock Market is always a sure investment, unlike the more uncertain stock market. The Sock Market raises funds to support the nationally acclaimed Operation School Bell program that began in 1977 in Tulsa. Operation School Bell provides new clothing, books, health kits and shoes to needy students in Tulsa and the surrounding area. Last year, the program clothed 2,000 elementary school children from area school districts and provided 30,000 new uniform shirts to elementary and middle school students. Assistance League volunteers are beginning their donation letter campaign to raise funds for the program, which kicks off this month. Nancy Sacra and Kathy Harper are Sock Market Campaign 2012 chairwomen and have set a goal of $70,000. They met recently at the Assistance League office for a letter-signing party. Members attending included Nancy Kirby, Martha Nichols, Judy Thomas, Janet Main, Farryl Stokes, Carol Bethell, Pam Penix, Sara Duncan, Dunnie Anthony, Pat Otto, Donna Spielman, Patty Evatt, Dolores Abraham, Beverly Edwards, Nevin Loerke, Glenda Murphy and Mary Sue Whitney. Advisory board members joining in the signing were Phyllis Dotson, Richard Hoe, Buddy Estrada, Dr. June Holmes and Jeff James. Over the years, the all-volunteer organization has dedicated its energies to clothing needy students and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable in our community. All money raised through Sock Market is used exclusively for Operation School Bell. If you would like to receive a letter and more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 918-832-8832. The Assistance League of Tulsa is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization. Last year, its members volunteered more than 30,000 hours of their time to its programs. Original Print Headline: Sock Market helps needy kids Associated Images: Nancy Sacra (left), Phyllis Dotson, Janet Main, Kathy Harper and Farryl Stokes help the Assistance League with its annual Sock Market. Courtesy