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We are so excited to have you join us in serving Oklahoma City! Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your email contacts, to ensure that our emails to you don't get trapped in junk mail. Many of your questions regarding the LOVE OKC One Day outreach can be answered below in our FAQ section and within the video section – where we will add new clips weekly. As an online registrant, you will receive regular emails to notify you when additional information is available. It’s very important to stay connected.
When is the Volunteer Rally?
The Volunteer Rally will be combined with the orientation and training, for ALL VOLUNTEERS at 7:00am the day of the event. Each person desiring to volunteer should should be in attendance. This will be a key to provide important event information, check-in volunteers, establish assignments, and provide volunteers with their t-shirts.
What is the 'Guest of Honor Principle' for LOVE OKC One Day?
At LOVE OKC ONE DAY our goal is that every guest be valued, respected, and treated as a Guest of Honor. The love and compassion of Jesus Christ should be clearly expressed through our countenance, attitude and actions. We must unconditionally love, accept, and serve each guest without regard for age, race, physical appearance or spiritual condition. By simply being kind, compassionate and merciful to one another, we can effectively display and model the love of Christ to guests—increasing their openness to the Gospel.
Can children volunteer? Are there age minimums?
Children 12 and under must remain in the company of a parent or guardian all day. Volunteers 13-15 years old may work in most areas, but need to be accompanied by adult working in that same area or nearby. Safety volunteers must be 18 years of age or older. The Kids Zone is for guest use only, volunteers are requested not to leave their children in this area - this is for everyone's safety.
If you are a pastor, or youth leader, bringing a group of minors, please contact the LOVE OKC Office at 405-748-0228 for a waiver you can have a guardians signature, and they must bring this signed to the outreach.
How should volunteers and vendors dress?
You will receive a t-shirt at the morning of during the Volunteer Rally, Orientation and Training. Volunteers should dress modestly and wear clothing that can get dirty. In warm weather, modest shorts are appropriate. Comfortable shoes are strongly recommended.
Where should volunteers and vendors plan to park?
Volunteers are encouraged to car pool to the outreach. When you arrive on Saturday morning, there will be parking attendants available to direct you to your designated section.
What will be the duration of the Outreach?
The day of the outreach will begin with the Volunteer Orientation Meeting at 7:00am. The outreach will continue until all the guests or groceries are gone; this typically occurs by early to mid-afternoon. Volunteers are requested to stay for an additional one to two hours following the Volunteer Wrap-up Meeting to help clean the site.
SHOULD VOLUNTEERS PLAN TO DO THE SAME TASK ALL DAY?
To ensure that we serve our guests effectively, volunteers are asked to stay in their area of service and continue in the same task all day.
ARE VOLUNTEERS ASKED TO HELP WITH SITE CLEANUP?
All volunteers are welcomed to stay afterwards to help clean up as needed. The more that stays the better, and quicker.
WILL VOLUNTEERS RECEIVE LUNCH?
Every effort will be made to provide lunch to volunteers. We recommend volunteers bring snacks and bottled water. Bagged lunches are certainly permitted. In hot weather, avoid snacks and beverages with caffeine. Beverages and lunch will be served in each area-of-service. Volunteers should never be instructed to go to Food Services. In the event of a larger than anticipated crowd, the priority for Food Services will be serving guests.
WHO CAN VOLUNTEERS ASK QUESTIONS OF?
On the day of the outreach volunteers should direct all questions to their Assistant Team Leader (ATL) or Team Leader (TL). Team Leaders will direct any question they cannot answer to the LOVE OKC Coordinator.
WHERE WILL FIRST AID BE LOCATED?
First Aid will be located in a designated area that will be marked. All first aid needs for volunteers and guests should be directed to this area. Medical professionals and paramedics are usually available in the event of a medical emergency.
WHAT SHOULD VOLUNTEERS DO IN THE CASE OF LOST CHILDREN?
Lost children or parents looking for lost children should be escorted to the Kids Zone Recovery Area.
WHAT IF IT RAINS?
Many outreach experiences have shown that guests will stand in the rain for hours to receive groceries. In the event of rain, volunteers should be prepared to get wet and may wish to bring rain jackets and umbrellas. It is crucial that all volunteers remain at their assigned area of service and continue serving in the rain.