At the Student Volunteer Center, we recognize that OSU's students come from across the state, across the country, and across the world. Students should seek out opportunities for service no matter where they are located, so below are a few agencies that offer volunteer opportunities outside of the Stillwater area. If your agency would like to become a partner of the SVC, please send an email with your organization's information to email@example.com or submit a Request for Volunteers. We are always excited to find more ways our OSU volunteers can get involved!
Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development: The Andean Alliance for Sustainable Development has a service-learning program called the Solidarity Program. The focus of this program is to expose students to existing development projects as well as cross cultural communication and collaboration. Students work on a question, much like a thesis, and present their findings at the end of the trip. To learn more, please visit AASD's website.
Build Abroad: Build Abroad is an organization that is dedicated to connecting student-volunteers with life-changing volunteer trips. Volunteering abroad is an opportunity to work alongside members of the local community and get a first-hand insight into the challenges they face. There are a variety of destinations to choose from, and trips can last between one week and six months. For more information, visit the Build Abroad website.
City Year: At City Year, we believe education has the power to help every child reach his or her potential. However, in high-poverty communities there are external factors and obstacles students are faced with every day that can interfere with their ability to both get to school and be ready and able to learn. We partner with at-risk schools to help bridge the gap between what their students need and what the schools are designed to provide. In doing so, we're helping students reach their full potential and graduate high school. In Oklahoma, City Year is located in Tulsa but there are locations throughout the United States. City Year participants will spend 11 months serving hands-on with student, supporting them both inside and outside of the classroom. Participants receive a living stipend, health insurance, and the ability to apply for various scholarships. Interested? Visit City Year's website here.
Community Collaborations International: Community Collaborations International focuses on organizing teams of volunteers from universities and colleges all over the country and putting them to work where they are needed most. When your team volunteers with CC International, you will work side by side with student volunteers from across the country on well-planned, meaningful projects. Everyone does their part and lots of work gets done. Consider spending your winter, spring, or summer break volunteering! For more information, visit http://communitycollaborations.org/
Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma: The Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma, located in Tulsa, is the largest, private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma. They provide food and other donated products to 450 Partner Programs in 24 counties of eastern Oklahoma. Together they provide more than 346,000 meals to hungry Oklahomans each week. Volunteers save hundreds of thousands of dollars that the food bank can direct towards their mission. New volunteers are always welcome and there are a variety of opportunities for groups, families, and individuals. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, visit their volunteer page.
Junior Achievement: Junior Achievement's volunteer-delivered, kindergarten-12th grade programs foster work-readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy skills, and use experiential learning to inspire students to dream big and reach their potential. With the help of more than 218,000 volunteers, Junior Achievement students develop the skills they need to experience the realities and opportunities of work and entrepreneurship in the 21st-century marketplace. For more information, visit their volunteer opportunities page here.
Service Year Alliance: Service Year Alliance is an organization relentlessly pursuing a bold vision- making a year of service a common expectation and opportunity for all young Americans as a way to tackle important challenges while transforming their own lives. Service years are available in a variety of focus areas including: education, environment, disaster relief, nonprofit capacity, and many more. To learn more about service years and how to get involved, visit Service Year Alliance's website here. Also check out these flyers: the benefits of a service year and when to do a service year.
Surayya Anne Foundation: The Surayya Anne Foundation is a non-profit organization that serves the disadvantaged through a variety of humanitarian initiatives including transitional housing, counseling, support services, and financial aid to help women achieve sustainable independence. Volunteers are needed in both Tulsa and Oklahoma City for a variety of tasks such as driving clients to school, assisting clients with moving, babysitting, and grant writing. Individuals interested in volunteering can find more information here.