Are you interested in volunteering at Tulsa CARES?

January 12, 2011

The Tulsa CARES food+Health Nutrition Program is seeking volunteers to help with its food pantry and congregate meal program. Specifically we need people who can:

1)     Enter service data on a monthly basis for 4-6 hours each month. (Unfortunately, this volunteer position cannot be assigned to client of Tulsa CARES due to confidentiality reasons.)

2)     Clean the congregate meal kitchen on a bi-monthly basis for 4-6 hours each month. (Cleaning responsibilities will consist of cleaning oven and cook top, sweeping and mopping, wiping down walls, cleaning out refrigerator, occasionally cleaning & refilling salt and pepper shakers.)

3)     Clean the food pantry on a bi-monthly basis for 4-6 each month. (Cleaning responsibilities will consist of sweeping and mopping pantry space, rotating pantry stock from storage to pantry shopping area, dusting.)

We are more than willing to work with a volunteer’s hours of availability.  In general, volunteers can work Monday-Friday most times between 7:30 am – 5:00 pm.  If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Micah Hartwell by phone at 918-834-4194, ext. 27, or by e-mail at


A look at World AIDS Day 2010

December 1, 2010

MAC Cosmetics makeup artists give Tulsa CARES client a new look.

Thank you to our MAC Cosmetics volunteers for giving their time on World AIDS Day!

Jamie Baker, Care Coordinator, prepares brownies for the World AIDS Day Evening Reception hosted by Tulsa CARES. Thanks Osage Million Dollar Elm Casino and Starbucks for making this reception possible!

Sara Swain, Care Coordinator, prepares cookies for World AIDS Day evening reception.

Executive Director Sharon K. Thoele mixes up some goodies in preparation for the Tulsa CARES' hosted evening reception.

Help Us Help Others

November 16, 2010

Every day, people come to us who are sick, hungry, homeless and afraid.  Last year, we served 547 clients; a seven percent increase from 2008 and a 46 percent increase over the past eight years. Because of caring people like you, and the hard work of Tulsa CARES’ staff, we have been able to help:

  • A father raising two teenage boys.  With the help of Tulsa CARES, he was able to finish his bachelor’s degree because we assisted him with rent payments, care coordination, counseling and support.  In May of 2011 he will graduate with a master’s degree in social work.
  • A woman working to reinstate her disability. Without our help, she would be homeless.  Tulsa CARES provided her with rent and utility assistance, mental health counseling and care coordination while she worked to have her disability reinstated and gain an income to supplement her minimal food stamp assistance.

  • Two orphaned siblings born with HIV/AIDS. After the death of their mother and the incarceration of their father, these 17 and 19 year olds, turned to Tulsa CARES for assistance.  With the help of a very special aunt and the skilled professionals at Tulsa CARES, these two youngsters not only survived, but they remain healthy, happy and are now both on their way to receiving college degrees.

HIV/AIDS is something that affects us all regardless of age, race, gender or income. Please help by making a donation to Tulsa CARES. Your continued support will make an enormous difference in the lives of some very fragile members of our community.

In gratitude,


Sharon K. Thoele, Executive Director

Tulsa CARES’ Garage Sale, Friday Nov. 5

October 22, 2010

Fall Cleaning? Please donate any unwanted items to Tulsa CARES! Tulsa CARES is ‘cleaning house’ as a part of our annual Tulsa Area United Way Fundraiser. Do you have BIG items or MANY items? Call Tulsa CARES by 2 p.m. on Nov. 4 to schedule a pick up. And, if you want to find something unique…just stop “buy” and treat yourself the day of the sale! All proceeds benefit Tulsa Area United Way.

Tulsa CARES’ Garage Sale

Friday, Nov. 5

8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

3507 E. Admiral Place


Oink, Oink! PIG Stand is BACK

October 21, 2010

As individuals working in a nonprofit organization, we know how important it is to give back to the community. We fully support the Tulsa Area United Way’s mission, and each year our staff, board members and volunteers conduct a campaign to raise money for all of the United Way member agencies.  We would never ask the community to give their hard-earned money if we weren’t willing to do the same.  Every year we have met or exceeded our goal. One hundred percent of our staff gives, and more than 65 percent of them are key club givers. Last year we had eight key club members from our board, the rest gave through their respective businesses.  We’d like to keep our designation as the United Way’s “Best of the Best” but need some help to get there.

This year, we are preparing a maximum of 200 lunches, which include smoked brisket (with an option to add 2 smoked ribs), mouthwatering potato salad with a homemade cookie for desert. This delicious lunch is prepared by Tulsa CARES’ executive director, Sharon Thoele, and her sous chefs who are notorious for being incredible cooks! Lunch is available starting at $10 on Wednesday, Nov. 3 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Orders of 10 or more from one location will receive FREE delivery! Remember, there are now only 200 meals available, and they will go fast so place your order now for Tulsa CARES’ PIG Stand! Reserve your order by Wednesday, Oct. 27 by 4 p.m.

Please help us support an incredible cause, whose mission is to “unite people and resources to improve lives and build a stronger community.”

Are you looking for a volunteer opportunity at Tulsa CARES?

September 29, 2010

Tulsa CARES is currently seeking a Data Entry Volunteer to assist staff with data entry.

Job Description:

  • Enter food pantry service charges into the client database
  • Enter data into SPSS (similar to entering data in Excel)
  • Be available for data entry for up to 24 hours per month
  • Volunteer is able to set his or her own schedule (during Tulsa CARES business hours)
  • Data entry will be completed on-site at Tulsa CARES


  • Detail-oriented
  • Prior volunteer experience with a social service agency or medical office is preferred
  • Respect for our clients’ information and adherence to the agency’s confidentiality agreement

Please send resume or volunteer experience to Ally McGinnis with the subject: “Data Entry Volunteer.”

Please visit to learn more about Tulsa CARES.

Tulsa CARES helps feed those in need for Day of Caring 2010

September 13, 2010

Tulsa CARES employees, board members and agency volunteers participated in Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring on Friday, Sept. 10 at the Day Center for the Homeless and the Salvation Army. This year, the Tulsa CARES gang, along with Tulsa Community College, grilled more than 450 burgers. The Salvation Army rounded out the meal by preparing several pounds of coleslaw and baked beans. The feast benefited homeless men, women and children and the Day of Caring volunteers.

Tulsa CARES Executive Director, Sharon K. Thoele, and Nutrition Services Director, Micah Hartwell, preparing the grill.

Jamie Baker, Keneshia Kelley, Cecelia Habeger and Sara Swain.

Preparing to serve.

Day of Caring 2010