Greater Tulsa Reporter
SUPPORTING STREET SCHOOL: Street School Media and Community Relations Director Kelly McElroy, left, with CTCA Interim CEO and President Jay Foley and CTCA’s Lisa Buckmaster and Jennifer Jameson at the CTCA Community Caring event. Buckmaster and Jameson are community volunteers.
More than 30 non-profit organizations gathered at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) for the hospital’s third annual Community Day held March 2.
The event, designed to raise awareness for community service with the medical center’s broad range of staff, allowed employees to learn more about each agency’s mission in one convenient spot. The event is a part of a larger initiative at the hospital, called CTCA Hope Works.
The event provided an opportunity for the CTCA staff to learn more about all of the volunteer opportunities and fundraising programs from the diverse representation from non-profit organizations, as well as participate in a “flash mob” with dancing staff and volunteers who regularly perform in the hospital lobby on Thursdays to bring cheer to patients and caregivers.
Lisa Buckmaster, who works in Imaging Services at CTCA and has become involved with Street School, said, “Today’s economy is making it harder and harder for many nonprofit groups to raise the funds they need to provide much needed services for people who can’t afford to pay for them on their own. Many of these organizations rely on private donations for their funding and the less they receive, the less they can provide to people in need. It makes my heart and soul feel better knowing that I’ve given something to the kids and faculty at Street School, whether it be money, school supplies, time or whatever they may need.”
Just last year, CTCA employees volunteered 3,000 hours to 40-plus community organizations. Funds donated by employees to area causes equaled more than $500,000 to local efforts like the Tulsa Area United Way, Street School and many cancer support organizations. In addition, CTCA employees were active on 30-plus boards and committees of local organizations.
Examples of in-kind donation drives last year at the hospital included: toys and coats for Tulsa Women and Children’s Center, business clothes for Dress for Success, baby needs for Emergency Infant Services, and school supplies for Street School.
The hospital’s interim president and CEO Jay Foley said of the day, “Volunteerism and community involvement is encouraged and commended at CTCA. It’s an honor to be part of this caring community.”