VP of Finance & Human Resources, Jill Gulick, started the Curtis Cares program at Curtis Restaurant Supply as a way for the company to make a difference in the community we serve. Curtis Restaurant Supply has been a proud sponsor of Restaurant Week, which supports the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. Curtis has supported the Food Bank by donating time and taking part in food drives. The Curtis team kicked off their commitment to the community by giving 120 hours in labor to the food bank in two days. Since that time, Curtis has implemented Volunteer Time (VTO) giving employees time off to help the community organizations they are passionate about without losing any pay or benefits.
Since the VTO program began, the Curtis team has spent numerous hours volunteering not only at the Community Food Bank of Oklahoma, but other great organizations including Reading Partners, Camp Fire, Special Olympics, Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma, The Owasso Community Resource Center and other community organizations. The Curtis Cares program has also enabled employees to lend their skills to local businesses like Owasso Sew Co. where they make face masks and other items for nurses, paramedics and first responders.
The Community Food Bank of Oklahoma partners with hundreds of agencies across 24 counties in Eastern Oklahoma, helping them provide for the needs of their communities. From Soup Kitchens to community food banks and everything in between, the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma continues to raise awareness and provide solutions to alleviate hunger to families in Oklahoma. To find out more about how you can help, visit their website at https://okfoodbank.org/.
Reading Partners is an organization of community volunteers in low-income schools that provides one-on-one tutoring for kids giving them help with basic reading skills. Their goal is to empower students to succeed in reading and in life. To learn more about Reading Partners and how you can volunteer, visit their website at https://readingpartners.org/location/tulsa/.
Camp Fire is an inclusive, innovative leader in youth development founded in 1910. They have School year programs, Teen Service, Leadership Programs, Camps and Outdoor Education programs. Camp Fire provides the opportunity to find their spark, lift their voice, and discover who they are. Learn more about Camp Fire at https://campfire.org.
Special Olympics is an organization with a mission to provide year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community. To learn more about how you can get involved, visit their website at https://www.specialolympics.org/.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Oklahoma is an organization that is dedicated to empowering young girls to change the world. The organization began over 100 years ago with the vision of building girls of courage, confidence and character who make the world a better place. To find out more about the organization, visit their website https://www.gseok.org/.
Owasso Community Resource Center serves its community by providing resources and assistance to the communities of Owasso and Collinsville. They provide many services including a year-round food pantry, emergency utility assistance and counseling services as well as other services to the community. OCR's ultimate goal is to work with families in our community experiencing financial hardship and situational crises to help them build on their personal assets and rebuild their strength and hope, ultimately helping them reach self-sufficiency. To find out how you can get involved, visit their website at https://www.owassohelps.org/.