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Check out the latest on ways to get involved in the Norman, OK community.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

"I Heart Boobs" T-shirts Help Save Lives

OU's Relay for Life executive committee is selling "I heart boobs" t-shirts. The proceeds from these shirts, along with all other Relay for Life fundraising benefits the American Cancer Society. According to the Susan G. Komen breast cancer research facility, almost 200,000 American women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2009.

These t-shirts symbolize this particular disease with the breast cancer emblem in the middle of the heart. The shirts are $12, and the committee will be selling the shirts March 8-12 during their "Paint the Campus Purple" publicity week at the Oklahoma Memorial Union.

"Selling the shirts is our biggest fundraiser of the year, and I really encourage everyone to buy one. The money goes to such an important cause," said Relay for Life chair, Josh Fried.

During the committee's first Paint the Campus Purple Week on the week of February 22, they raised over $1500, selling the t-shirts. If you can't seem to find time to volunteer your time somewhere that week, spend 5 minutes, buying an "I heart boobs" t-shirt. Many OU students have already contributed to this fundraiser and can be seen wearing them around campus.

Relay for Life committee member, Elizabeth Auld, says why she thinks it is important to purchase one of these t-shirts.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Spend Your Weekends at the Assisted Living Center

Looking for somewhere to spend your weekends in Norman, OK? Rambling Oaks Assisted Living Center could be the place for you. Whether it be with a large group or just you and your family, the assisted living center welcomes volunteers of all ages and groups.
Volunteers come to the home to perform a number of activities, including socializing with the residents, helping with maintenance or decorating during the holidays.
OU student and member of Delta Gamma sorority, Christina Hanvey said, "Me and my sorority sisters love going to Rambling Oaks. I don't really feel like I'm volunteering when I go there."
Hanvey coordinated various activity nights at the home, including two bingo nights with the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity. Hanvey said they played with dimes and the residents got really competitive.
"I spent my Thursday evening at an assisted living center, but it wasn't what I expected. The residents are a hoot."
Another OU student, Paige Marley, said she went to the home with a couple of friends on a Sunday afternoon.
"We just washed windows, and then had lunch with the seniors. It was nice talking to them and hearing all their stories."
The home is a place for seniors to live, yet they can receive support and assistance when needed. The staff appreciate the volunteers and the help they offer.
For more information on how to get involved at Rambling Oaks, you can visit the home's website at ramblingoaks.com, or call them at 405-360-4755.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Blog Focus

My blog will focus on volunteer projects and non profit organizations throughout Norman. I will cover various events coming up, the trends in volunteering and different ways to get involved. My target audience will be the Norman community. This will include both the families in the Norman looking for activities to do on the weekends and OU students wanting to get more involved.

This is my portrait without a person photo. It describes one of my friends majoring in architecture. She also loves to sketch.

This my sense of place photo, and is a picture of the Oklahoma City Bombing Memorial in Oklahoma City.