Community Service Council COVID-19 Response

Ever-present, Always there. Tulsa’s lifeline to help and hope.

How have we helped the Tulsa area during COVID-19? 

Now more than ever, the Community Service Council stands strong and united in our purpose to bring help and hope to vulnerable populations across our community, as needs continue to rise during this unprecedented time. Following are some of the ways we have addressed needs in our community related to COVID-19. 

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The nature of CSC’s work is that we operate mostly behind the scenes, but as this page showcases, our work is very much at the forefront of community issues and needs. Please consider donating to CSC so that we can continue our COVID-19 response, and the entire spectrum of support we provide for vulnerable Oklahomans.

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211 Eastern Oklahoma: Expert, caring help when you don’t know where to turn 

  • On March 15, our call center transformed into the official COVID-19 Resource Hub for Eastern Oklahoma.
  • To date, more than 95,000 Oklahomans have called us seeking help during the pandemic.
  • We developed a dedicated COVID-19 WEBPAGE tailored to local resources and announcements.
  • We promoted urgent community alerts across texting and social media platforms.
  • We served as an eviction resource center to address the rising eviction rates in our community due to the pandemic.

COVID-19 Assistance Request Hub
Response and relief for Tulsans in need

  • We established the Tulsa Area COVID-19 Response Hub, a virtual assistance center to support the Tulsa Area United Way and Tulsa Community Foundation emergency relief fund to provide rental, utilities and prescription assistance to Tulsans facing financial hardship due to the pandemic.
  • We are processing more than 5,000 online applications for help, coordinating delivery of services with partner agencies to get people the assistance they need.

Supportive Services for Veteran Families 
Helping homeless veterans home 

  • We coordinated food distribution to over 100 veterans in need of meals in our community.
  • We are helping hundreds of veterans facing homelessness or eviction find safe and stabile homes.
  • Our staff increased our services and overall case load to address rising needs among veterans during the pandemic through the CARES Act.

Power of Families Project 
Connection & support for vulnerable Latinx families

  • We produced local COVID-19 resource materials in Spanish for Latinx families.
  • We coordinated several drive-thru meal distribution events for 250+ vulnerable Latinx families facing food insecurity, including the BLACK & BROWN BBQ events we hosted in partnership with the historic Vernon AME Church to support Latinx and African American families. 
  • We hosted online early literacy lessons for Spanish-speaking families with children at home during the pandemic.

Child Care Resource Center
Partnering with child care centers for quality early education

  • We hosted several drive-thru and drop-off supply distribution events for over 200 child care centers in need of supplies during the pandemic, such as hand sanitizer and gloves.
  • We developed an online CHILD CARE COVID-19 PORTAL for hundreds of our partner child care centers to request assistance for supplies and provide industry-specific resources.
  • We have led virtual Child Care Infection Control training for more than 1,000 child care providers since the start of the pandemic.

COVID-19 Community Data
Bringing light to community issues through data

Data is a cornerstone of our work, and during the pandemic, we developed two critical tools to help the community better understand the impact of COVID-19 through data:

Community Service Council Healthy Start 
Improving birth outcomes for Tulsa moms and babies

  • We partnered with Meals on Wheels of Metro Tulsa to provide a refrigerated truck to deliver an additional 15,000 healthy meals each week for three months to underserved families during the pandemic.
  • We produced nationally-recognized COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDES FOR NEW PARENTS written and designed in-house to address the specific needs and concerns of new and expecting parents
  • We delivered infant supplies and our custom COVID-19 HEALTH & SAFETY GUIDES to the doorsteps of 500+ new or expecting families. 

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