CityServe members volunteered at the Jane Phillips Elementary Santa Shop in December, along with other community volunteers.
BRUW adopts CityServe as new United Way initiative
CityServe joined forces with the Bartlesville Regional United Way this January, becoming a United Way initiative and receiving United Way support and funding.
“Promoting volunteering is one of the core principles of United Way,” CEO and Executive Director Jody Burch said. “Taking on CityServe as an initiative was a natural fit.”
CityServe meets the second Saturday of every month at 9:15 a.m. in the southwest corner of the Bartlesville Community Center parking lot, where they carpool to the various nonprofits they will be helping.
“CityServe’s mission is to engage volunteers in the Bartlesville area by providing opportunities to serve at and connect with local non-profit organizations,” Brittany Rovenstine, a member of the CityServe advisory committee, said. “We want to make it easy for people who want to serve, but don’t know how.”
CityServe was originally started in October 2013 as a group of friends who are community-minded and wanted to give people an easy way to serve consistently.
The CityServe Advisory Committee does all the planning and preparation, allowing volunteers to just show up and sign-up for a project. This allows them to get the “joy of serving” without having to line up opportunities, Rovenstine said.
“Ultimately we love it when our volunteers find a cause or an organization they are passionate about and they begin to volunteer on their own as well,” Rovenstine said.
For more details on volunteering or to give project ideas, call (405) 422-0606 or email BartlesvilleCityServe@gmail.com. A nonprofit does not need to be associated with United Way to benefit from a project.