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Drover Difference Day

WHAT IS DROVER DIFFERENCE DAY?

Drover Difference Day is a day of service that allows students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer and make a difference throughout the Chickasha community.

UPCOMING EVENT

The 11th Annual Drover Difference Day will be done a little different due to COVID. Instead of it being a single day, we encourage students, faculty and staff to volunteer throughout the month of March. 

  • Drover Difference Day allows students, faculty, staff and alumni to volunteer and make a difference throughout the Chickasha community.
  • To ensure a t-shirt, all participants must register by Friday, February 26.
  • For further information, please contact Student Services at 405-574-1278.

Register Online

PARTICIPATING ORGANIZATIONS

Location: 203 N. Genevieve St.

Available Times: Monday-Friday; 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: Must make arrangements in advance by contacting Layce Graham at 580-861-2515.

Contact Person: Layce Graham

Phone Number: 580-861-2515

Project Description: Run/play with the animals.


Are you volunteering at the Chickasha Animal Shelter? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: 509 Chickasha Avenue

Available Times: Thursdays (3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3/25); 9am-3pm

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: Go through the front door of the Washita Theater. A board member will be there to greet you and get you started.

Contact Person: Shannan Bilyeu

Phone Number: 405-933-3498

Project Description: Moving storage items; Organizing


Are you volunteering at the Chickasha Community Theater? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: 2001 W. Iowa Ave.

Available Times: Monday-Friday; 8am-12pm and 1pm-5pm

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: Must make arrangements in advance by contacting the person listed under ‘Project Description’.

Contact Person: Goebel Music

Phone Number: 405-222-6070

Project Description:

  • Rake leaves and pick up trash around the police department property – Contact Susie Earnest (405-222-6064), Asst. Chief Music (405-222-6070), or Lt. Traye Alexander (405-222-6097)
  • Walk and pick up trash along specified roads – Contact Asst. Chief Music (405-222-6070) or Mr. Buchanan (405-222-6080)

Are you volunteering at the Chickasha Police Department? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: 7205 W. Gore Blvd., Lawton, OK | They also have an office in Chickasha

Available Times: Flexible days/times throughout March

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: All volunteer activities will need to be coordinated through the Volunteer Program Manager (Ginger Veal), as we have HIPAA guidelines that we must adhere to when introducing volunteers to activities involving hospice patients.

Contact Person: Ginger Veal

Phone Number: (580) 951-8301

Project Descriptions:

  • Pen Pal Cheer Mail: uplifting note cards prepared by volunteers that the Volunteer Program can mail out to our patients and caregivers that are isolated in the homes/facilities due to COVID-19 restrictions. This project could be done on campus and completed cards could be turned in to Volunteer Program Manager (Ginger Veal).
  • Window Visits: bring cheer to isolated patients in the home. This will require coordination through Volunteer Program Manager (Ginger Veal), who will accompany individuals or groups on the Window visits with patients. This is a no-contact activity, to protect from COVID-19.
  • Window Parades: bring cheer and socialization to patients in local facilities. This is best suited for groups (small or large). Requires scheduling and coordination with Volunteer Program Manager (Ginger Veal), as arrangements need to be made with facilities in advance. This is a no-contact activity, to protect from COVID-19.
  • Warm Hearts Box Deliveries: for new patients. This is a no-contact "porch delivery" of a box containing an Elara Caring blanket and a pair of warm, skid-resistant socks for patient to welcome them to our hospice service and to inform them about the opportunities provided through the Volunteer Program.
  • Puppet Restoration: I have 2 puppets that need re-stuffing and re-clothing before I can use the puppets for window visits and eventually home/facility visits by volunteers. Would love to have some folks interested in restoring these puppets and launching our Puppet Window Visits Program. Please contact Volunteer Program Manager (Ginger Veal).
  • Other: I am also open to any ideas that students may have that would fit into providing quality of life and help with isolation during this pandemic that we could implement during your month of giving. Please feel free to reach out to Ginger (580-951-8301) to discuss ideas and set something up.

Are you volunteering at Elara Caring? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: Norman, OK

Website: foodandshelterinc.org/get-involved


Are you volunteering at Food & Shelter? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: 816 W. Chickasha Ave.

Available Times: March 27, contact for available times

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: Volunteers only, no pets. 

Contact Person: Debbie Ashley

Phone Number: 405-574-2593

Project Description: Friends Fur Change "Work Day" will consist of putting together kennels, painting, cleaning, moving some lighter building materials, adding mommy and pups maternity rooms, and more. Also needing someone talented to paint a small mural. 

There will be lunch, snacks, and drinks as well as giveaways and a live DJ on-site.


Are you volunteering with Friends Fur Change? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Location: 415 W. Chickasha Ave.

Available Times: Monday-Friday (except for March 2, 17, and 26-31); 10:30am-3:30pm. All times need to be confirmed in advance by calling 405-222-8714 or emailing gradycomuseum@gmail.com

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers, upon arrival: Masks are required. Go to the main gallery of the museum for instructions.

Contact Person: Pat Cunningham

Phone Number: 405-222-8714

Project Description: Scanning original photographs and documents; assisting with arranging displays; dusting artifacts and polishing saddles; sorting and arranging artifacts on the second floor (on Mondays only)


Are you volunteering at the Grady County Historical Society? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Project Description: Covid relief volunteer opportunities. See website for more information.

Website: okmrc.org/volunteering/skills.cfm 


Are you volunteering with the Oklahoma Medical Reserve Corps? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Project Description: The Art of Encouragement was founded by a Science & Arts alum and is a non-profit organization that collects handwritten Christmas cards year round. They distribute the cards to veteran medical and retirement facilities around the country during the holiday season. The goal of the organization is to one day deliver at least one card to every hospitalized veteran in the U.S.

Website: facebook.com/TheArtofEncouragement

Instructions and point of contact for volunteers:
Please refer to the following steps when writing/creating a Christmas card.

  1. Genuinely thank the veteran for their service and sacrifice to our country. (Please write AT LEAST two sentences)
  2. Sign your name.
  3. Write what city and state you are from.
  4. Anything extra you would like to add is great. The veterans love to hear that someone is thinking about them during the holiday season.
  5. Place your card in a UNSEALED envelope.
  6. Take cards to Misti McClellan, Director of Alumni & Community Relations (Troutt Hall, room 126)

FOR EXAMPLE: (These are JUST examples, get CREATIVE!)

  • Thank you for your service to our country. Your sacrifices are truly appreciated and will never be forgotten. Merry Christmas! (Name, City, and State)
  • Your sacrifice to our country is a true inspiration. We owe you a debt that we can never repay. Thank you for your service. (Name, City, and State)
  • Your heroism is the reason that we celebrate the holiday season in freedom. Thank you for your service and sacrifice to our country. Merry Christmas! (Name, City, and State
  • My name is ____ and I am a student from _______ school/university. My dream is to become a _______. Thank you for fighting to keep our country free and for allowing me to chase my dreams. (Name, City, and State)
  • My (family member) is in the _____ branch of military. I understand the sacrifices that must be made in order to keep this country safe and free. Thank you for your willingness to protect us. God Bless and Merry Christmas (Name, City, and State)

Cards WITHOUT a genuine thank you will NOT be accepted.

Our veterans deserve many thanks for what they have given us. Freedom is not free, and we hope to make sure that EVERY veteran hears the words "Thank You" at least once in their lifetime. We appreciate your understanding for why we require you to write more than just "THANK YOU" or sign your name.


Are you volunteering with The Art of Encouragement? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Project Description: The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma is currently not hosting in-person volunteers but you can sign up to be a virtual volunteer. 

Website: mailchi.mp/4ef883e34d2e/virtual-volunteer


Are you volunteering with the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form

Website: warmupamerica.org/make/

Project Description: Volunteers donate their time to crochet and knit one or more 7" x 9" rectangle as well as entire blankets and accessories. Sections are either joined by individuals or groups in a community and donated locally or sent to foundation headquarters for joining and distribution.  

The 7" by 9" template was selected because it is a convenient size to form blankets of varying dimensions. We also needed uniformity of size to be able to join sections knitted and crocheted by different people across the country. That is why it is so helpful that sections sent in be as close to 7" x 9" as possible. 

If you have an interest in making an entire afghan, knit or crochet your afghan to any size or pattern you wish. There is a need, for instance, for baby afghans and lap throws (see Afghan Assembly Chart for suggested sizes), which are much smaller than the standard Warm Up America! afghan.  

What yarn to use? A medium weight, machine washable and dryable acrylic yarn is the ideal yarn to use for WUA! blankets and accessories so completed items are easy to clean.

Instructions after completion: Drop off your creations to Student Services by March 31. All items will be mailed in together.


Are you volunteering with Warm Up America? Please fill out the form below so we know who's helping make a difference and where! 

Volunteer Form


If you decide to volunteer somewhere different than the above participating organizations, please let us know by filling out the form below. We appreciate you making a difference no matter where you are!

Volunteer Form

PHOTO GALLERIES

Browse through our past years of volunteering around Chickasha.

Clicking on the thumbnails will enlarge the photos.

2020

  • Two students moving boxes
  • Students throwing away trash and debris
  • Student signing the Grady County Historical Society log book
  • Worker going through historical books
  • Worker going through historical books
  • Workers cleaning up flowerbeds
  • Students walking through a storage room
  • Three students carrying boxes out of a building
  • Workers cleaning up flowerbeds
  • Student going through historical books

2019

  • Students filling bags with school supplies
  • Student cleaning door windows
  • Worker raking leaves in front of a building
  • Students carrying furniture in a building
  • Assembly line of students filling bags with school supplies
  • Students painting theater stage pieces
  • Workers playing fetch with a shelter dog
  • Student at the Grady County Historical Society
  • Student picking up trash at Shannon Springs Park
  • Workers walking a dog on a leash at the animal shelter

More photos coming soon!