Make #GivingTuesday POWERFUL.

Have you heard of Giving Tuesday? Every year, the Tuesday following Thanksgiving is set aside for people to give to causes they care about. There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and Giving Tuesday.

Neighbors like Virginia need our help. Make your donation TWICE as powerful on Tuesday!

Neighbors like Virginia need our help. Make your donation TWICE as powerful on Tuesday!

Every dollar you raise for Serve More on Giving Tuesday will be matched! DOUBLED!!

Facebook and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation have promised to match every dollar* raised through the Facebook Fundraiser platform on Giving Tuesday! If you raise $250 for Serve More on Facebook, it suddenly becomes $500! Raise $1,000? BOOM! $2,000!!

Listen, it's SUPER easy to tell people why Serve More is important to you. And it's SUPER easy for them to chip in a few dollars to your Facebook Fundraiser. But I need you to not ignore this email — I need you to set up a quick Facebook Fundraiser and ask your friends to support the work to #LoveYourNeighbor.

Practice setting up your Fundraiser today. 
BUT wait till Giving Tuesday to launch so every dollar is doubled!


When you head to Facebook, look for the "Create Fundraiser" button either on Desktop or Mobile. You're just a few steps away from supporting a great cause!

  1. Be sure "Serve More" is your selected nonprofit.

  2. Choose your Goal.

  3. Choose your Fundraiser's end date.

  4. Next, tell people WHY you want them to donate to Serve More!

  5. Pick a photo for your Fundraiser header.

  6. Click CREATE!


*Facebook and The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation are matching donations through the Facebook Fundraising platform on Giving Tuesday. They will match $1,000 of each Fundraiser up to $50,000 per nonprofit.


Facebook Not Your Jam?

If you're not about starting a Facebook Fundraiser, you can always give to Serve More the good ol' fashioned way. Mail a check, make a donation online; whichever works best for you! 

Check out our Give page to see stories of ways Serve More loves neighbors all over the OKC metro. You can also give to any program that means the most to you. If you're mailing a check, make it out to Serve More and drop it in the mail to 224 S Chestnut Ave, Moore OK 73160

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.

Our Wet Work Week With #Bill

Even with Oklahoma’s unpredictable weather and out-of-season rain, Serve Moore volunteers have kept busy! All of our amazing volunteers clocked over 700 volunteer hours, and in turn, saved residents over $15,800.

Throughout the week, volunteers replaced a roof in South OKC that was damaged by wind in the May 2015 storms. Even with more rain coming down, our volunteers were able to complete the entire project in only four days! They also completed work on fences throughout the city- installing posts, panels, and gates. When the rain was too heavy to work outside, our volunteers still aided at Serve Moore HQ building shelving in a storage room and prepping a new office space, as well as building shelving in a storage room and repairing drywall at Moore Community Church.

Our largest project this week involved another home that was damaged by wind and water in the May storms. Volunteers tarped the roof to prevent further leaking, since the entire home had been flooded and covered in black mold. A team helped the homeowner move any salvageable furniture to a nearby storage unit, then tore out sheetrock, carpet, insulation, and other materials that could possibly retain mold. With 115 hours of work completed, Serve Moore volunteers saved the homeowner $6,500 through damage control and mold remediation.

Even when it seems our work is done, Oklahoma weather throws us a curveball! Earlier this year, we completed a shed build that to replace what had been completely destroyed by the May 2013 tornado. Just a few weeks after completing this shed, the March 25th tornado took out the shed again! The team was able to salvage some materials, but essentially built another shed from scratch.

Even though Serve Moore volunteers give their valuable time and energy to projects like this, some find other ways to help homes in need. Serve Moore would like to give a special thanks to partners like Emmaus Baptist Church and Experience Mission for funding construction materials, the homeowners who asked for help and helped with materials but found savings in free labor, and as always, the wonderful people, organizations, and churches whose donations keep Serve Moore going!

How Volunteers Spent Their Hours

If you are interested in helping in any way you can, whether that be with time or funds for supplies, or if you are searching for help after this week's weather, contact us!

Do you "Give Local?"

These days, we all try to "Shop Local" or "Eat Local" as a way of supporting small businesses, energizing the local economy, or because we know someone connected to the business. But have you ever thought you can also "Give Local" too? 

Consider this: small charities or organizations are commonly local establishments run by locals to lend a hand to local people! Take Serve Moore for example. Every dollar you give to Serve Moore is used by the local guys & gals who run the operation. We buy everything we can locally; supporting local businesses and energizing the local economy. Those supplies are used to help renew local homes, local parks, and local businesses. Even when we can't use volunteers, we choose local contractors to do the job. We work hard to stay local.

*in case you lost count, we used the word "local" 12 times in that last paragraph. That's a lot of local focus!

The bottom line is this; donations you make to charities are precious. Make sure that you find a hard-working, local charity about which you can be passionate and to which you can be generous. If you live in Central Oklahoma, or if you happen to be passionate about the people here recovering from multiple disasters, we would be honored to be your charity to which you can "Give Local."