A little hard work wet a long way to renovate the sports fields behind Owasso Family YMCA on Friday morning.
About a dozen locals contributed to the overhaul as part of Tulsa Area United Way’s 30th annual Day of Caring. They were among more than 2,400 volunteers from over 80 companies and organizations who participated in this year’s event.
TAUW carried out mover than 225 community service projects, including painting, sanding, scrubbing, planting and putting new shine on nonprofit facilities, throughout the region.
In Owasso, volunteers upgraded the YMCA’s T-ball field by painting the benches, filling in holes across the field, elevating the home plate and replacing the chain-link fence along the backstop. They also power-washed the facility’s softball field dugouts.
“Today we’re getting the T-balls safe and ready for the kids in our community to come out,” said Tracy Tucker, executive director of Owasso YMCA. “Having people come and support our mission and partnering with us means so much.”
Tucker and her staff teamed up with System One, formerly The Rowland Group, whose Oklahoma members ventured north to help their Owasso affiliates complete the hours-long project.
“We have a longstanding relationship, actually, with the Owasso YMCA, and we’ve done multiple projects here,” said Stephanie Haught, office manager at System One. “It’s really fun to be able to be together in one place, especially when it comes to giving back.”
Owasso’s initiative on Friday was one of several Days of Caring scheduled since March, all of which have contributed to over 42,000 pounds of food collected; nearly 200 pints of blood donated, providing life-saving support to about 575 people; and 5,586 volunteers rallied.
“When we began planning this year, hosting the series of days once again made sense and gave volunteers more options to serve,” Alison Anthony, president and CEO of TAUW, said in a news release. “The fact that we’ve been doing this for 30 years is truly awe-inspiring and a reflection of our community’s generosity and caring.”