The City of Tulsa, Tulsa Community College and Volunteer Central of Greater Tulsa jointly sponsored the first Super Service Week for Tulsa Achieves scholars May 5-11. Mayor Kathy Taylor, TCC President and CEO Tom McKeon and many Tulsa Achieves scholars kicked off Super Service Week at the Tulsa Zoo. Tulsa Achieves students then lent helping hands to the City of Tulsa by volunteering throughout the zoo and Mohawk Park.
“Super Service Week gives our Tulsa Achieves scholars an opportunity to fulfill the volunteer component of their Tulsa Achieves scholarship and allows them to celebrate their efforts as a group with a week dedicated to volunteering,” says McKeon. “We at TCC are grateful to the City of Tulsa for providing numerous volunteer opportunities for Tulsa Achieves scholars across the city this week.”
Tulsa Achieves scholars must complete 40 community service hours each academic year as part of their Tulsa Achieves scholarship obligation. Super Service Week is designed to engage Tulsa Achieves scholars in a coordinated effort to obtain some of these hours as well as reinforce the importance of community and public service. Tulsa Achieves students who have already completed their service hours for 2007-08 will earn hours toward 2008-09 by participating.
“Community service is a valuable experience for Tulsa Achieves students and is of great benefit to the community,” says Mayor Taylor. “Through Tulsa Achieves, some students are exposed to community service for the first time. They then take that experience into their professional lives upon graduation. We created Super Service Week in partnership with TCC and Volunteer Central to connect students with City of Tulsa departments as well as organizations across the city that need volunteers.”
Tulsa Achieves students select volunteer opportunities for Super Service Week as well as for the academic year, without paper or forms, by accessing Volunteer Central of Greater Tulsa’s online referral service at www.1-800-volunteer.org and entering the keywords “Super Service Week.” The online service software is a national model being tested locally in a college setting using the Tulsa Achieves program.
“This online referral service has helped link Tulsa Achieves scholars with volunteer opportunities that suit their interests as well as their class and work schedules,” says Brenda Michael-Haggard, executive director of Volunteer Central. “Tulsa Achieves scholars have already been volunteering with partner organizations throughout the year including the libraries and city parks.”