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How YOU Can Help

As the new year draws nigh, some of you may be resolving to volunteer more. If so, keep CPO in mind!
Remember, CPO has ALWAYS been 100% run by volunteers. No one has ever received a salary. That means we need fantastic people like YOU to keep us going!
We always need more volunteers, so consider joining us and be sure to share this with any friends or family members you think might like to join the fun, too!
Below is a list of ways you can help out around CPO. Contact Claire, our Volunteer Director, to ask questions or sign up. Her email is claire@cpotulsa.org. Can’t wait to see you around!

Office
Our office is open Monday-Friday from 10-4. We have shifts in 2-hour increments (10-12, 12-2, 2-4) and we need you to answer the phones and greet any girls who may come in for a pregnancy test or a chat.

Transportation
Drive girls to doctor’s appointments, counseling, support group, church, attorney appointments, or any other CPO-approved event.

Grace Girls Mentor
Be a mentor to a girl in CPO’s Mentoring Program.

Blog Writer/Contributor
Help create content for our weekly blog posts.

Shower Refreshments
Provide a baked item or vegetable tray, etc. for personal or baby shower for the girls.

Item Pickup
Pick up baby equipment, maternity and baby clothes donated to CPO.

Newsletters
Provide assistance preparing newsletters for mailing.

Gala Fundraiser
Help obtain live and silent auction items, solicit corporate sponsorships, host event, serve behind the scenes before, during, and after the event.

Event Support
CPO hosts several events throughout the year including an Easter Egg Hunt, Birth Mother’s Day Celebration and Christmas Party. We can always use extra hands to make these events a success.

Host Family
Find out more about becoming a host family to adoptive couples from out of town or opening your home to pregnant girls.

 Other Talents?
Do you have a skill or service you would like to volunteer? Email claire@cpotulsa.org with your ideas!

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The Helped Becomes the Helper

This article was originally published in October 2012, by Rhonda Fisher.

C* came to CPO to place her children for adoption. Of course, we were happy to help, and C began to regularly attend the birthmother support group on Tuesday nights.

Now we all know C as the warehouse coordinator. She meets donors at the warehouse to receive donations. She spends hours organizing household items and sorting clothing into ages, sizes, and seasons. She greets girls in need and assists them in choosing items for their apartments, for their children, and for themselves. She meets adoptive parents who are volunteering to help move furniture items to a girl’s home. She comes to support group, not only for her own well-being, but also to provide an update on the needs and status of the warehouse.

When asked how she came to be involved as the warehouse coordinator, C simply shares, “I had been going to group pretty steadily and Cheryl B. just called me one day and they needed someone fast. And I said ‘yes’.” And that was that.

C says when girls come to the warehouse to pick out items they are “usually pretty shocked. We have everything that they need… they’re pretty overwhelmed. I sometimes have to direct them to finish one thing and then go to the next thing, you know.”

C says that all donations are accepted. The most important thing is that donations are clean and in good condition. She urges donators to remember that “this is going to go toward the girl who–yes, she’s getting stuff for free from us–but you still want her to have nice stuff.” Often when a girl comes to choose items, C encourages them “to not just take what they need right now, [but also] take stuff they might need down the road.” For example, don’t just take maternity clothes, but some infant clothing as well. When the girls feel overwhelmed with the generosity, C reminds them that they can help others as well by donating the items back to the warehouse when they are finished.

It’s yet another testament to the beauty that is inherent with CPO: the helped becomes the helper. C needed help, and after having her various needs met, she wanted to give back to CPO. Becoming the warehouse coordinator was a big job, but C makes it look easy. It’s amazing how God brings us all together to help one another.


*The names of the women CPO helps are always redacted for privacy purposes.