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Employees participate in United Way Day of Caring at BA Neighbors

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The hot September temperatures didn’t stop Broken Arrow Public Schools employees from donating their time at Broken Arrow Neighbors, an emergency basic needs service agency, for the annual Tulsa Area United Way’s Day of Caring on Sept. 6.

This community-wide day of service includes thousands of volunteers from hundreds of companies and organizations across the Tulsa area. In Broken Arrow, district employees worked inside and outside of BA Neighbors to help organize food, tend to the flowerbeds, mop floors, wipe shelving and improve the community garden.

“The United Way Day of Caring allows us to jump in where we can be a service and truly make a difference in our own community,” said Kim Vento, Broken Arrow Performing Arts Center director and the district’s United Way chair.  

In addition to participating in Day of Caring, Broken Arrow Public Schools employees have the opportunity to contribute to the Tulsa Area United Way by donating money or participating in fundraising activities throughout the month of September.

The district’s goal for this year is $110,000. Last year, the district raised more than $106,000, which helped serve more than 30,000 Broken Arrow residents through organizations like Broken Arrow Neighbors and A New Leaf.

“No one is ever required to give, but each year, I am amazed at peoples’ generosity,” Vento said. “Every dollar donated helps us inch closer to our goal, but more importantly, each donation improves the lives of those who are struggling within our own community. We truly have the opportunity to make a difference.”