Oklahoma State University-Oklahoma City

OSU-OKC Student Leaders Serve Community through Volunteer Program

Helping others in Oklahoma City has become a top priority for this year’s Student Government Association leaders at OSU-Oklahoma City as they plan, organize and involve themselves and other students in community service throughout the metro area.

 

Through the university’s Students Organizing Service (SOS) program, SGA Vice President Chris Beaty was able to set up opportunities at locations that include the YWCA, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Habitat for Humanity and the Oklahoma Humane Society.

 

“SOS is important because it shows you how to be a better leader within the community, not only for ourselves, but for our school,” said Beaty. “You just become grateful for how lucky you are.”

 

OSU-OKC students and SGA officers have spent countless hours of their free time cleaning, organizing, rearranging pantries, building houses, painting, playing with animals and, most of all, serving others.

 

“For me, it makes me feel good to know that I’m helping and giving back to the community and to know that I’m useful,” said Rashida Jones, OSU-OKC SGA president.

 

Beaty emphasizes the importance of volunteer and community service for those who are new to OSU-OKC and wanting to get involved. “Even if you’re scared, just break out of your shell and join,” he said. “You will make tons of friends, meet a lot of people you didn’t know before, and get a lot of opportunities, which in the end, pays off for all the stress.”

 

OSU-OKC Student Life Coordinator for Student Development Janelle Hanson said when students organize service trips, they increase their leadership development as well.

 

“Some examples include gaining the ability to efficiently organize or create a schedule, make connections within the community and provide opportunities to pay community support forward,” she said. “SOS is a valuable piece in being a leader, making them aware of their civic responsibility, which correlates with the OSU-OKC mission and vision statements.”

 

For more information about upcoming volunteer opportunities and OSU-OKC’s next SOS volunteer opportunity at the Oklahoma City Zoo, visit www.osuokc.edu/communityservice.

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Pictured are OSU-OKC students volunteering at the Oklahoma Humane Society during a recent SOS opportunity. Top row from left is: Rashida Jones, Kameron Bunn, Lori Hasty, Austin Schudalla, Breanna Branch and Chris Beaty; front row from left is: Wendy Lau and Allison Lockwood.