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Grab the app and make a pledge! Up to $100 in pledges will be DOUBLED!

Serve More's new partnership with The Drive App let's you do just that while you watch some of your favorite sports events! It's super easy to make a pledge that will give your neighbors the help they need. 

1. Make a Pledge

  Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Photo by Sarah Phipps, The Oklahoman

Choose a Serve More cause that's important to you. Then just pledge a donation for every win, touchdown, or goal! For example, you might pledge $5 for every three-pointer the OKC Thunder make!

2. Watch the Game

Get together with friends or family and enjoy the game! You'll watch your pledge play out on the court or field — and challenge your friends to join in the fun.

3. Give Back

All said and done, you can view, edit, or confirm your final pledge then the cash will be sent directly to Serve More. You'll be feeling good about a great game and a great donation!

It's that easy! Give it a try today!


A little about The Drive App:

Our goal is to empower communities to come together and make philanthropy a part of their game day routine. We recognized an issue with fundraising. Even with all the new technology on the market, there was still not a simple, intuitive way to give to charity. In addition, the process was uneventful. We realized if we could integrate a game aspect, people would be more inclined to give. What emerged was The Drive – a network for donors to connect with charities and give based on the outcome of a sporting event. We merged sports and fundraising to create a gamified giving experience donors love and trust!

A little about Serve More:


We're on a mission to empower people to love their neighbors. For more than three years now, we've been seeing neighbors loving and serving neighbors. Because of that, we've seen incredible life change and communities renewed. Now, we want to see the renewal that was born in our neighborhoods we love in the City of Moore spread to all of central Oklahoma.

Let's say "BYE" 👋 to 2016...

It’s been a big year for us.

With your help, we reunited a family with their quadriplegic son.
We gave disabled neighbors more freedom
We made single moms proud of their homes
We granted a woman’s dying wish.
We almost lost — but then SAVED — Serve Moore. 

And, let’s not forget, we relaunched so we could Serve More.

 

Now, we’ve got even bigger dreams for 2017.

We’re expanding volunteer projects to even more neighborhoods next year. We will help renew school buildings and community centers. We will build new accessibility ramps. And we’re gearing up for what’s looking to be a very active tornado season next Spring. All this in an effort to love our neighbors more.

All these dreams turned into reality because of you. Neighbors were loved and served because you gave or you volunteered — or BOTH! This is YOUR nonprofit and we’ve done all this beautiful, important work together. So, thank you. Thanks for your unwavering support and your commitment to seeing your neighbors loved.

 

Let’s make 2017 Serve More’s best year yet.

Serving our neighbors costs money. But not a lot. We push every dollar to make sure we’re getting the most bang for the buck. In fact, there’s a list below of just how little it costs to make a HUGE impact on your community. Check it out:

$25 One Volunteer trained to respond to house fires & tornados.
$250 Home of a Disaster Victim secured and precious belongings saved.
$500 Home of a struggling Single Mom made safe and beautiful through repairs.
$1000 New freedom for a Disabled Veteran with an ADA-compliant accessibility ramp.

How much can you give? Can you give freedom to a disabled vet? Or could you train a Disaster Volunteer to help in times of trouble? Maybe you could give safety to a single mom? With just a few more days left in the 2016 Tax Year, consider making a tax-deductible donation today!

It's Giving Tuesday!

Give just $10 today and we'll send you the gift below to show our thanks!

Well, Thanksgiving has come and gone. Black Friday and Cyber Monday have passed. But now it's time for Giving Tuesday — the day we remember to give to others because we're thankful for all we have. For us at Serve More, that means giving more neighbors are loved and served. Watch this:

Your donation means more neighbors like Rickey get help in times of disaster. More elderly neighbors like Sue getting the vital home repairs they need. And more of our disabled neighbors like Jazmine being given freedom and accessibility in their homes!

Make a donation to Serve More today, on Giving Tuesday, and we'll put it to work serving neighbors all over central Oklahoma. And we'll even put this Serve More Scout Book + 2 Stickers in the mail to you to show our thanks.

Community renewal starts with you but it ends with whole neighborhoods being restored by the neighbors that love them.

 

We're thankful for our disabled neighbors.

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family! We truly have so much to be thankful for so Serve More is counting down the days to Giving Tuesday with a special series of blog posts about thankfulness. 

Today, we’re thankful for Sonja & Jazmine. For more than two years now, Jazmine has dealt with with tumors, spinal issues, and a neurological disease that gives her chronic pain. Multiple visits to doctors and hospitals landed Jazmine in a wheel chair just before her senior year in high school. So Sonja called us in 2014 asking about how volunteers might help her daughter get in and out of the house  so she could continue attending school.

We consider this a pivotal point in the history of Serve More. That phone call opened our minds to the power of volunteers and a wider mission of loving our neighbors through many kinds of disaster. Jazmine’s was the first wheelchair ramp Serve More Volunteers ever built. And this new passion for loving our disabled neighbors is what eventually gave birth to our Mobility & Accessibility program. 

These days, we’re serving neighbors all across central Oklahoma who are looking for more freedom to get in, around, and out of their homes. We’ve met teenagers disabled by disease or injury, veterans in need of modifications after returning home from battle, and elderly neighbors needing more accessibility in their homes. 

But we’re just getting started. Your donations make it possible for us to open this program up to disabled neighbors in need of volunteer help. This Giving Tuesday, you can create thankfulness among your neighbors with a small donation. 

Again, enjoy a wonderful holiday with your friends and family. We look forward to celebrating Giving Tuesday with you soon!

We're thankful for neighbors who ask for help.

We’re counting down to Giving Tuesday, a day that people all over country use to remember how thankful they are and to create thankfulness in others by giving. As we count down, we want to tell you some stories of our own thankfulness — neighbors and friends who’ve made this organization possible. 

Meet Rickey. His neighborhood is in need of renewal. The neighborhood is mostly poor families living in older homes in need of repair and beautification. Rickey himself is a single grandfather who cares for his grandkids part-time. Let me tell you something — we’re thankful for Rickey

We’re thankful for his huge heart and joyful smile. We’re thankful that he cares for his grandkids and his neighbors. But we’re also thankful he asked for help. Neighbors asking for help is the very first step in the process of community renewal. Without them, we wouldn’t have that spark that ignited the movement of Serve More for the south metro and that has now grown to all of central Oklahoma. 

Here’s the deal. When Rickey asked for help, Serve More Volunteers were able to respond because together, we’ve all worked hard to set up our nonprofit to love our neighbors. We’ve secured tools and supplies to do the work. We’ve purchased materials for repairs. We’ve accepted donations to coordinate teams of volunteers. In short, we couldn’t have done it — nor continue to do it for the rest of Rickey’s neighborhood — without your donation. 

Prepare for Giving Tuesday. Donors and Volunteers have already created thankfulness in Rickey’s life. Will you consider making a donation to renew the rest of Rickey’s neighborhood and create even more thankfulness? 

We simply can't do it without you.


#WeAreThankful for Donors

$508,522

I want you to think about this number. It's a big number. Half a million dollars. I don't know about you, but that's more money than I've ever had in my lifetime.

Get this. Serve Moore Volunteers saved our neighbors more than HALF A MILLION dollars this year! By connecting people who need help with free labor and donated materials, we have renewed 287 homes in the Oklahoma City metro. That's stupendous. 

$168,000

Now think about this considerably smaller number. Not even half of that first number. In fact, it's less than a third. This is all it takes Serve Moore to mobilize and coordinate those volunteers and materials to renew homes and lives all over central Oklahoma. What's more — every one of those dollars comes from donors.

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Donors have graciously and generously given 100% of our operating budget. Let's just say that we're blown away by this. These gifts make it possible to bring teams of hundreds to project sites, to provide materials when a family has nothing, to continue the incredible work of renewing homes and lives. 

$3 for $1

What's all this mean? Well, it simply means that Serve Moore generates $3 in benefit to the community for every $1 donated. So #WeAreThankful for donors. For their commitment to generosity. For their support of this great work. Guys and gals, we simply could not do this without you. 


Not yet one of our donors? Well, we can fix that! 
Serve Moore Donors make the work possible. Their pledges and gifts keep the train on the tracks and keep the hammers swinging. They're a great group of people and you can join today.

#WeAreThankful for Partners

If you've been following along this week, you know that we're celebrating a Week of Thankfulness where we focus each day on an aspect of our story and why it's so incredible. Today is no different. Partnership is at the very core of what Serve Moore is as an organization. We are committed to the process of working together with others to affect a greater good in the communities we serve.

Partnership is so foundational to Serve Moore because it was the very first thing we did. Even before the hashtag and thousands of volunteers — Serve Moore was a group of friends and neighbors from local churches. We knew two things. First, we wanted to connect the people who needed help with the people wanting to give help. Second, we wanted to work together to do more than we could have apart. And you know, that's really all you need for partnership — a common goal and willingness to work together. 

What started with a group of friends from several churches has grown into a vibrant and innovative nonprofit. But the idea of partnership has never dimmed. Serve Moore is only what it is today because of our partners. Partners like Covenant Life Assembly donating use of their gym, the City of Moore donating use of their former police station, companies like Starbucks and Chick-fil-A of Moore who believe in our mission and support it in many ways, and churches like Life.Church Moore and Emmaus Baptist Church who have continued their partnership efforts with manpower and money. All these partners and many more make it possible for Serve Moore to #RenewHomes & #RenewLives and frankly — we couldn't possibly be more thankful for each one of them. 


If your organization shares our vision of renewed homes & lives, you should consider partnership with Serve Moore! We bring help to thousands of metro households a year but we could do even more with your support. You can email chris@servemoore.com to start the conversation. 

#WeAreThankful for Our Neighbors

We're reflecting on the many things for which we're thankful this week — a Week of Thankfulness of sorts. As we've thought about the many groups of people for whom we're thankful, an interesting thought came to mind. We're very thankful for the many thousands of people whom we serve! It might not seem immediately obvious why but let us explain. 

When we're referring to people who need or use our services, as a team we've agreed to never use the word client. There's nothing wrong with the word inherently. Many nonprofits use the term to great success but we've never felt like it was very "us." Right from the start, the people in need have been our neighbors, friends, and fellow residents of the communities we serve. While it may not be the most business-savvy decision, we use any of those words before we call someone a client. 

So we're thankful for our neighbors. You trust us during some of the hardest times in your life. You trust us to treat you with respect and love. You trust us to be good neighbors. Serving you by mobilizing people to help renew your home is one of our greatest honors. We've always agreed that running Serve Moore would never be a "job" but had to be a "calling." Every single day, you make that calling possible with your trust and patience. For that, #WeAreThankful.

#WeAreThankful for Volunteers

Sometimes we take for granted that we know Serve Moore's story so well. We've lived it every day for more than two years. A few days ago, however, I got to tell the story to someone who had never heard it. That got me thinking. We have such an incredible story because we have so much for which to be thankful! So here it is — our Week of Thankfulness — our chance to express just how deeply grateful we are for this incredible story. 

Our story began with people. What started as about 50 of our local friends wanting to do something — anything — to help those hurting after an EF-5 tornado tore through our communities turned into more than 50,000 people giving their time to help us recover. We never could have predicted that inviting people to #ServeMoore with us would result in so many people answering that call — let alone that a nonprofit passionate about serving and loving people would be born out of that movement. 

We are thankful for the tens of thousands of volunteers who have given their time to the people of central Oklahoma. You are our first and greatest resource as a nonprofit. You are the reason we are able to do what we do. And you will continue to be the key to connecting the people who need help with the people who want to give help. In January, Serve Moore will begin to organize and train local, individual volunteers to work to renew homes and renew lives. So thank you for inspiring us. Thank you for being the beginning and the continuation of this incredible story.


If you're local to the central Oklahoma area and you're interested in volunteering regularly with Serve Moore, give us your contact info and we will email you in January with dates for our Volunteer Launch events!

Serve Moore Saturday

You know how they say, "All good things must come to an end?" 

Yeah, I don't think "they" really understood good things. Good things are important. Good things can be contagious. Good things bring people together.

Serve Moore Saturday is a good thing. Rather, it's a bunch of people doing MANY good things.

In the last 15 months, Moore has seen tens of thousands of volunteers cross city, state, and national borders to come serve in the wake of a devastating EF-5 tornado. These people coming to serve our city has been a good thing. Eventually though, all those volunteers go home -- back to their cities, states, and nations. 

But remember -- all good things do NOT have to end. You and I still live here. You and I still know people suffering. You and I still want to keep Moore a great place to live. So it's you and me -- and our families, friends, and neighbors. Let's keep this good thing going to #RenewMoore!

Let's push to get hundreds of people together for October's Serve Moore Saturday and make a huge difference in our community! Invite everyone. Even if you helped at Serve Moore after the tornado, there's still PLENTY to do!

Join in on October 25th from 9am till 3pm at 200 S Howard Ave, Moore.

A Statement on The Future of #ServeMoore

The words "Thank You" just seem so small. We've always seen Serve Moore as a team effort but we're talking about a team that's just rolled past 42,000 people strong. How do you tell that many people you deeply appreciate their partnership; that thousands of residents are grateful for their service; or that an entire community is forever-changed by their presence? 

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Preparing Your Kids For Storm Season

Welcome to Springtime in Oklahoma, land that I love! If your heart is like mine or if your family is like mine, there are already questions about what the next few months will hold for us. Last week, my kids were given helmets in their classrooms at school, bringing on a new wave of conversations in our home. The weather folks are reminding us to prepare our storm shelters, and while I want to make preparations for my home, it’s also an important time to make preparations in our hearts and in our children’s hearts. Here are a few simple truths from scripture that you can share as a family heading into a season of uncertainty.

Jesus is our safety
The name of the Lord is a strong tower, we can run in and be safe. Proverbs 18:10 

There truly is peace in just speaking the name of our King. When we are afraid, we can take refuge in Jesus and His love for us.

God cares for His kids
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? And not one of them is forgotten before God. Why, even the hairs of your head are all numbered. Fear not; you are of more value than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7

My son has expressed to me that his greatest fear is that we would lose our home. We find great comfort in knowing that God cares for the birds and the flowers. He gave us the house we have, and we can trust Him to make sure we have what we need.

Rain comes from God’s hands.
Job 5:10 says that it is God who commands the rain to fall and the fields to be watered.

Rain shouldn’t frighten us but remind us of God’s provision and care. Genesis 2 shows us that God’s design even before the fall was that He would send rain to cause plants to grow. When God sends rain, he’s sending nourishment to the earth to care for it and for us.

Thunder can be a reminder to us that God is in control.
He thunders with His majestic voice, and does not restrain the lighting when His voice is heard. Job 37:4-5

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders, the Lord, over many waters. The voice of the Lord is powerful; the voice of the Lord is full of majesty. Psalm 29:3

Many times in scripture, we see that thunder is a reminder of God’s strength! When we hear thunder today, we can remember that God is in control of waves, wind, and storms.

Jesus sent His Spirit to be with us and comfort us.
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. Not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid. John 14:26-27

Jesus promised to send us another Helper when He left the earth. The Holy Spirit of God is inside of us if we belong to Him. God is with us!

If we belong to Jesus, nothing can separate us from Him!
Read and be comforted by the words of Jesus in John 10:1-18. He is a shepherd to us, He cares for us, and nothing can take us out of His care.

Jesus will make all things new.
Romans 8 says that all of creation is groaning and longing for the day when it will be set free from the bondage of corruption. And we are too! We wait for the time that is ‘not yet’ while placing our hope in Jesus who has “already” paid the price for this redemption.

The place we live is broken and won’t be fixed completely until Jesus comes back for those who love Him and have put their trust in His work on the cross. The promise we have in the mean time is that we can trust Him. Many difficult things will happen to us while we live here, but none of them can separate us from the love and hold of Jesus. Not sickness, not tornadoes, not even death.

“Be of good cheer, I have overcome the whole world!”—Jesus

Local Love

You know, it's pretty incredible that Serve Moore volunteers hail from all over the world. Literally - within one week after the May 20th tornado, volunteers from all 50 states had come to help. Then, within the second week volunteers from all 6 inhabited continents had shown up! All this love from all over the world has been a hugely encouraging feeling. While many in our community have been busy working through their recovery plans, people from all over the world continue to show up and help. But as is usual, the world keeps spinning and help is needed in new places and volunteers turn to be more and more local. These local volunteers are the inspiration of our newest colors of Serve Moore shirts!

You locals can support your favorite Moore Schools high school with these Moore, Westmoore, & Southmoore colors!

Our new shirt colors inspired by local high schools and volunteers.

We created these shirts so that people can share a common thread that ties affected residents and volunteers together; that is a memento of the great outpouring of love and support our community received and continue to receive. We sell these shirts so that Serve Moore projects (such as new homes, materials, and supplies) can continue to be provided to residents and volunteers.

You can purchase these shirts at Serve Moore HQ at 200 S Howard Ave any Tuesday-Saturday from 9a to 5p.