OSU Institute of Technology is passing the hat among colleagues this fall with the annual United Way campaign, which aims to raise money for the Tulsa Area United Way and the organizations it funds in the Okmulgee area.
The Tulsa Area United Way works to advance a better quality of life through education; health and safety; and financial stability. The nonprofit financially supports groups and organizations with those same goals through its annual fall fundraising campaign.
Last year the Tulsa Area United Way raised more than $25.6 million and served tens of thousands of people through 59 partner agencies located in six counties— Tulsa, Creek, Okmulgee, Osage, Rogers and Wagoner.
OSUIT employees are encouraged to take part in the campaign through a variety of ways including a one-time donation or monthly donation deducted automatically from their paycheck.
“With the holidays approaching, now is the time to remember and be thankful for the quality of life we have been given. Unfortunately, there is much suffering in the Okmulgee community,” said Eric Covey, chairman of the Faculty/Staff Council and assistant director of the Office of Marketing & Communications.
Donations from OSUIT employees and students go directly to assisting the community through local organizations including the Okmulgee County Family Resource Center, the Okmulgee County Homeless Shelter, Inc., and the Okmulgee-Okfuskee County Youth Services.
“All proceeds from the OSUIT United Way campaign will benefit the Okmulgee community, whether it be hot meals on cold nights; books for children; or services for families who could otherwise not afford them,” Covey said.
The OSUIT campus is also holding two fundraising events for the United Way campaign— the Cowboy Cook-Off and the Silent Auction.
“The cook-off is a much loved tradition on campus,” Covey said. “Every fall we gather with bubbling crock pots and see who has the best recipe. It is a time for fellowship among friends and colleagues and an opportunity to help those in need.”
Employees and students are invited to bring their best chili, stew, soup or dessert to the Cowboy Cook-Off on Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the Student Union by 10 a.m. Contestants can register at go.osuit.edu/cowboy-cook-off
Those on campus can also bring their empty stomachs and $5 for an all-you-can-eat ticket to the cook-off, which runs from 11 a.m., to 12:30 p.m. Prizes will be awarded to the best entrée and best dessert.
The Silent Auction items are on also display and can be bid on through Tuesday, Oct. 30 in the OSUIT Library, including the United Way Parking Pass.