Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Volunteer Opportunities at the Myriad Gardens

2018 VolunTEEN Applications Available

If you know a hardworking High School student now is the time to apply for our 2018 summer VolunTEEN program. The Myriad Gardens VolunTEEN Program is a ten week summer experience that provides high school students with an opportunity to gain leadership and communication skills, practical horticulture knowledge and be a part of a team. Teen volunteers will work in our Children’s Garden on educational walk-up programs, assist with public events such as International Mud Day, Bug Out!, and Sonic Summer Movie Nights, and receive one-on-one training from our expert horticulture staff. While working in this exciting, fast-paced environment, teens will have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours, give back to the community and make new memories and friends.

The application can be found here. Please feel free to pass this information along to outstanding teens in your life!

Children's Garden Festival CommitteeApplications

We are currently recruiting members for our Decor and Community Project Committee's for our annual Children's Garden Festival. This year the theme is Winnie the Pooh! Please return your applications before March 1 to mbrown@myriadgardens.org.

Current Volunteer Opportunities For You!
(Even though individuals are able to sign up multiple people at one time, we ask that groups of 5 or more please contact Megan Brown before they register)
OK Seed Walkups
Every Saturday in March
9:30am - 3:30pm
4 volunteers needed each day
Lunch provided

Seeds are amazing. They are the foundation of all plant life and we depend on them for our very existence. Guests will visit the Gardens during this month-long exhibit to learn all the amazing things seeds do to survive and do for us.

Each Saturday will have a different theme and volunteers will walk guests through selecting and potting up seeds from the "Seed Cafeteria". They will also share fun seed facts and info about starting seeds.

The themes are:
All About Annuals
Totally Tomatoes
Sunflower Saturday
Perfect For Pollinators
Great New Varieties

Go Green, St. Patrick's Day!
Saturday, March 17
11:30am - 4:30pm
20 volunteers

May the luck of the Irish be with you as we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! We will have performances by the Hill Irish Step School, Ravens 3, Juggle Whatever, and the Oklahoma Scottish Pipes & Drum. Guests can enjoy food trucks, vendors, an Irish Step performance, and fun fiddling tunes. Each paid participants wristband includes access to make a fruit loop rainbow necklace, plant a clover seed, play with our Imagination Playground sponsored by Express Employment Professionals and hunt for treasures in our shamrock sensory bins on the Sheridan Lawn. All guests can learn about Irish heritage and find out where our silly leprechaun hid the Gardens pot of gold!

Volunteers will assist with setup, crafts, games, and more. Please wear green!
Sprouting Chefs: Spring Break Cooking Camp
Monday, March 19 - Thursday, March 22
3 volunteers per shift

In this fun, hands-on cooking camp, young chefs will practice essential kitchen skills while creating delicious dishes using fresh ingredients. We’ll start off each day by learning the basics of the day’s theme then jump right in and cookin’ to end with a tasty lunch freshly made by the class.

Volunteers will be another helpful hand helping and showing the kids basic kitchen skills (chopping, measuring, using hot plate, other equipment, etc.). Volunteers don't need to be kitchen experts, just have basic knowledge and confidence with basic cooking skills.
Easter Events
Sensory Sensitive Easter Thursday, March 29
5:30 - 8:30pm
15 volunteers

An evening for families with children with special needs. This is not an Easter Egg Hunt, but a fun-filled evening for families and typically developing siblings. Families will enjoy a less crowded event free from loud music and noise, with lots of fun sensory activities.

Volunteers will help with setup, running booths, handing out eggs, crafts and more!
Easter Eggstravaganza!
Saturday, March 31
11:15am-6pm (2 shifts)
25 volunteers per shift

The Easter Eggstravaganza includes two dog Easter Egg Hunts (12:30-1:30), one children's Egg Hunt (2:30 p.m.), and festive Easter booths and games (starting at 3 p.m.). This will be a fun-filled afternoon for the entire family including face painting, music, food trucks and tulips for sale.

Volunteers will assist with set up, distributing eggs for Easter Egg hunts, working craft/game booths, assisting photographer/Easter Bunny photo area
#OptOutside Oklahoma
Saturday, April 21 - Sunday, April 22
Various shifts available
#OptOutside Oklahoma is designed to enlighten, encourage, and educate the public on exciting ways to get outside, explore and be active in Oklahoma, such as through camping and RV life. This is a two day expo with Saturday night being our kick-off night with food, live music, and outdoor games and Sunday will include SUP Yoga, How to Bike demos, educational booths, vendors, food trucks, and vintage trailers. Volunteers will assist with set up, games, monitoring space and tear down.
Dancing in the Gardens
Friday, May 4
5 volunteers
We kick the season off again with Salsa Night! Join us as we transform the Seasonal Plaza into an urban dance space. Beginning at 7 p.m. we will have dance demos and FREE lessons for all. At 8 p.m. DJ Red Handed will crank up the Salsa tunes to get the dancing started. Drink and food specials will be offered to highlight the night. Help us highlight and celebrate our incredible Hispanic community! Volunteers will assist with setup/tear down, games, and booths inside the Park House.
Children's Garden Festival: Winnie the Pooh
Friday, June 8 - Sunday, June 17
Various shift times
(Groups of 5 or more please contact mbrown@myriadgardens.org
or 405-445-7087 to register)

Join us for our annual Children's Garden Festival! Volunteers will assist with the entry gate, paid and free crafts including Build-A-Bears, Sensory Bins, Games, Education Activities, and Water Sensory activities. This is a perfect event for families, churches, and businesses to volunteer at together.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

OMRF Teen Leaders in Philanthropy Program Seeks Members for 2018-2019

Teen Leaders in Philanthropy Program.
 Seeks students entering their sophomore, junior or seniors years in high school. Those selected will gain a deeper understanding of the nonprofit sector, develop hands-on leadership skills, and learn about various types of giving, networking, and fundraising, as well as how to apply these skills in their communities. Students selected will have the privilege of meeting with leaders from charitable foundations, nonprofit organizations, OMRF scientists and corporate donors and volunteers. The program culminates with an event – planned entirely by the students in the program – that will put these new skills into action.

And now, here is some information about the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation: Founded in 1946, the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation (OMRF) is one of the nation’s oldest and most respected nonprofit biomedical research institutes. Located in Oklahoma City, OMRF fosters a worldwide reputation for excellence by following an innovative cross-disciplinary approach to medical research. Our scientists are dedicated to understanding and developing more effective treatments for human disease, focusing on such critical research areas as cancer, diseases of aging, lupus and cardiovascular disease.

Applications are due March 1st, 2018 and require two recommendations to be considered complete. We also invite you to look at our Teen Leaders page on our website for more information: www.omrf.org/teen.

Caroline Allen
Associate Director of Development
Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation
825 N.E. 13th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Habitat and Humanity Hospice need volunteers


It was cold the first month of 2018, but it's beginning to look like it is going to be a mild February. Although February is the shortest month of the year, we are still working on four (4) homes this month.  February is also referred to as the “Month of Love” so don’t forget about Valentine's Day.  You can always come out and work with very loving and appreciative families this month to show your love of community. Kindness is always a perfect gift.  If you are available to help us on Thursdays, Fridays and/or Saturdays, please give Chris Hearn a call at 405-409-5557 or sign up online at   VolunteerUp.

Mrs. Jackson

February 22nd – 23rd

Our final home scheduled for February is located in northeast OKC. Mrs. Jackson was also affected in the 2015 storms and had flooding in her home. We will be removing and replacing damaged flooring, drywall, and insulation.  Please let Chris Hearn know if you would like to help or sign up online at: clicking here 

Sneak peek of March

Our first home in March will be located in Del City. Mrs. Miller is in need of some paint, electrical work and her heater needs serviced. If you are interested in this project you can sign up online today, just click the link: click here.

Want to Volunteer for a Critical Home Repair project?
please click here

Or contact Chris at chris.hearn@cohfh.org

or 405-409-5557

To sign up online go to “Volunteer Up” on the Central Oklahoma Habitat for Humanity website, www.cohfh.org

To volunteer with a hospice service in Oklahoma, certain requirements must be met to stay compliant with the law. These things include a background check to ensure that there are no violent crimes and felonies on record, a TB skin test, urine drug screen that checks for unprescribed and illegal substances, and hospice training. These tasks not only are required by law but also help us to keep our patients, volunteers and staff safe. Because Humanity Hospice values every volunteer as an essential part of the team, these requirements are at no cost to you and will be covered by Humanity Hospice.

Opportunities include but are not limited to the following:

Administrative: This can be done between normal business hours; Monday -Friday 8:00AM-5:00PM, Tasks include helping with various office duties such as phones, filing, faxing, putting together packets and so forth.

Events: These hours vary in days and times. Tasks include things like hosting Bingo at a facility, helping Marketers with various events and luncheons, dropping off gifts to patients, physicians and facilities, putting together crafts and gift baskets as well as other types of marketing needs.

Patient Care: Humanity Hospice serves patients in numerous areas across the state both in homes and in facilities. Volunteers who serve by visiting with patients may do so on days and times of their choosing. This allows our volunteers to serve without compromising their schedules. Patient care volunteers are there to provide emotional support through human contact. No administering of medications, medical interventions, hygiene services and so forth are done by volunteers. Simple companionship is all that is needed.

Pet Therapy: Volunteers may use their own certified therapy dog or ours to visit with patients, allowing the pets to bring comfort to those they visit.

This is just a few of the many things volunteers at Humanity Hospice can do. Others include music therapy, serving our veterans and so forth. Hospice volunteering changes so many lives. I have flyers and all sorts of information. I would love to chat with you about providing these opportunities to your students. 

Sala Caldwell
Volunteer Coordinator

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Anna's House provides an exceptional, personal network of support for families caring for children in foster care, and the unique needs these children share.

Become an Anna's House Volunteer

Anna's House has many volunteer opportunities available for those who wish to do more good this year. For more information, visit the Volunteer page of our website or email Britley Potter, Volunteer Coordinator, to sign up!

The Myriad Children's Garden Festival
The Children's Garden Festival, it is an 11-day event in which we bring a Children's book to life right here in our garden. In the past, the Myriad Gardens has hosted The Jungle Book, The Very Hungry Caterpillar, The Secret Garden, and Charlotte's Web.  Over the next four months, the Myriad Gardens will plan their best festival yet, but they need your help! Not only do volunteers play a vital role during the 11 day event filling over 350 volunteer shifts, but we are looking for two committees to help us with the planning. These committees will assist with decor and our community art project.  The deadline to apply is March 1Apply Here!
2018 VolunTEEN Applications Available

The Myriad Gardens VolunTeen Program is a ten-week summer experience that provides high school students with an opportunity to gain leadership and communication skills, practical horticulture knowledge and be a part of a team. Teen volunteers will work in our Children’s Garden on educational walk-up programs, assist with educational and public events and receive one-on-one training from our expert horticulture staff. While working in this exciting, fast-paced environment, teens will have the opportunity to earn volunteer hours, give back to the community and make new memories and friends.  The application can be found here.