The city is looking for the public’s help in showing health care workers that the community is grateful for all of the work they have done to combat COVID-19 and care for those afflicted with the deadly virus.
The “Tulsa Thanks You” video project was one of two COVID-19-related initiatives announced by Mayor G.T. Bynum on Thursday. The other is a grant program that will make up to $6.5 million in CARES Act funds available to nonprofits that are assisting individuals and organizations affected by the pandemic.
Bynum asked Tulsans to send videos of appreciation and support for health care workers to the city’s website at cityoftulsa.org/tulsathanksyou.
“We are asking Tulsans of all ages and all languages to participate by submitting a 15-second thank you video,” Bynum said. “Super easy, just take out your phone and shoot a quick video letting these folks know how much you love and appreciate them and how much you are grateful for the work they are doing.”
The videos must be submitted to the city by Feb. 5. Bynum said the city will share them on social media but also work with hospitals and other health care providers to broadcast them in their facilities.
“Working together, we are going to show frontline workers how much we appreciate everything that they are doing,” Bynum said. “We are going to lift their spirits with this simple video.”
The grant program for nonprofits is intended to support Tulsans’ personal and financial health, aid in ensuring the resumption of economic and community activity, and provide seed money to create, stabilize and grow emerging businesses.
“These proposals will be evaluated based on the project’s impact, fiscal accountability and the organizational qualifications of the organization submitting the application,” Bynum said.
The deadline to apply is Feb. 19. To learn more about the grant program and download an application form, go to cityoftulsa.org/cares.
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