“Dare to Care” annual event goes virtual

The annual “Dare to Care” event was held via Zoom on Aug. 25 from 10a.m.-11 a.m. This year, the event has had to take special precautions due to COVID-19 and was held virtually via Zoom format.

In an interview prior to the event, Annina Collier, Dean and George Kaiser Family Foundation (GKFF) Endowed Chair of the Center for Creativity said, “This is an annual event and we began planning to transition it from in-person to online a couple of months ago. This event is a great chance for volunteers to find volunteer opportunities that match their specific skills or interests. Someone who loves animals may find an opportunity at the zoo or a retired educator may become a reading tutor.” 

Collier said that the fair was organized online through Zoom and Facebook Live on the Center for Creativity Facebook page Aug. 25 from 10 a.m.-11 a.m. Collier estimated that 20 or 30 nonprofit organizations would give a one-minute speech about their needs for volunteers.  

“Prior to the event, we will send out an email to registered participants with basic information about each nonprofit. We hope this new format will make it easier for students and community members to attend, since there will be no travel involved,” Collier said.  

Collier explained that Tulsa Community College has discovered the Center for Creativity programs such as the “I Can’t” series are attracting a more diverse audience than usual.

Collier said that organizations from every part of the nonprofit sector in the Tulsa area would attend including arts and culture, health and human services, and environmental and sustainability services. Collier believed that up to 30 nonprofits are expected to take part in the event.   

When asked if Tulsa Achieves’ students can receive credit for attendance, “Yes, Tulsa Achieves students receive 1-hour credit for attending,” Collier said.

Collier explained the “Dare to Care” volunteer recruitment event is free to everyone, including members of the community.

Flyer for the Fall 2020 Dare to Care volunteer recruitment fair. Photo provided by TCC Student Life.