Kudos of the Month: TU’s True Blue Neighbors

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT: True Blue Neighbors volunteers support the Tulsa Bike Club at Kendall-Whittier Elementary.

The University of Tulsa’s community engagement and support organization, True Blue Neighbors, is celebrating its tenth anniversary. Over the past decade, True Blue Neighbors’ number of volunteer hours has significantly expanded and the group now extends its services across the greater Tulsa area to include more than 90 community partners.
In 2018-19, students, faculty, staff and alumni contributed 101,489 service hours – equivalent to $2.1 million in financial support – to the Tulsa community. More than 600 students visit the True Blue Neighbors office at TU each semester to seek service engagement opportunities.
This year, the organization launched the civic leadership initiative, True Blue Votes, and provided more than 100 volunteers for Tulsa’s Reading Partners program. Year-round projects involve work study students serving at nonprofit and government agencies across the city as well as public service interns volunteering at organizations such as Emergency Infant Services, the Greenwood Cultural Center, Community Service Council of Tulsa, Tulsa Public Schools and Life Senior Services.
During this holiday season, TU held many activities to support the community.
Looking ahead to 2020, True Blue Neighbors is excited to introduce an alumni committee. The group also plans to open a living and learning community in TU housing for students who wish to explore community engagement learning and service opportunities.