As Oklahomans, we have become all too familiar with natural disasters and the aftermath that follows. As a consequence, we have also developed a keen sense of caring and empathy for those affected. We have been the benefactor of the generosity of others many times in the past and it is now our turn to return the favor.

The recent hurricanes affecting the country has helped reignite our belief in the "Oklahoma Standard" and its ability to make a difference in our neighbors' lives in their time of need. The generosity and helping hearts of Oklahomans has led the Volunteer and Service Learning Center (VSLC), Leadership Central and the UCO Student Association (UCOSA) to work together to raise funds and gather supplies for the Houston and Coastal Bend Areas of Texas that have been affected by Harvey; and initiatives to United Way of the Florida Keys to those affected by Irma.   

Financial Donations*:
Online Donations (preferred method)
United Way of Greater Houston
United Way of the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi Area)
*Please independently verify the validity of any online donation site or group soliciting relief funds.

Cash donations will also be collected in Leadership Central (Admin 112), UCOSA Office (NUC 148), and the Volunteer and Service Learning Center (NUC 212). Money collected by these offices will be distributed to the United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of the Coastal Bend.

Donations of Goods:
The Volunteer and Service Learning Center (NUC 212) and Leadership Central (Admin 104) will be collecting goods to be sent to those affected through the end of September. You may drop the following items off at either location.

  • Toiletries (toilet paper, deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrush, feminine hygiene products, brush/comb)
  • Diapers (all sizes, including adult)
  • Baby food (all types, plastic containers preferred)
  • 5-gallon buckets with resealable lid (clean, unused preferred)
  • Liquid laundry detergent (25 or 50 oz. bottles)
  • Liquid household cleaner (12-16 oz. to be mixed with water)
  • Dish soap (16-28 oz. bottles)
  • Air freshener (aerosol or pump)
  • Insect repellent
  • Scrub brush
  • Hand wipes (resealable)
  • Sponges
  • Plastic scouring pads (not stainless or Brillo)
  • Clothespins
  • Clothesline (50 ft. or 100 ft.)
  • Heavy duty trash bags (33 to 45-gallon size)
  • Dust masks
  • Dishwashing gloves
  • Work gloves
  • Drop cloths
  • Tarps
  • Gift cards to Home Depot and Lowes

To support Hurrican Irma relief, donate here.

How can I help in person?
As this is an active disaster zone, it is important for us to be patient and assess the needs of the area before offering recommendations regarding how to serve in person. The Volunteer and Service Learning Center will be monitoring the needs of the area in the coming weeks/months and we will share any opportunities for in-person service as they arise.

If you are interested in volunteering, please fill out this form.

Oklahoma Standard

What is the Oklahoma Standard? 

Out of Tragedy, Courage

April 19, 1995, altered the face of Oklahoma – and the nation – forever. Despite this unspeakable tragedy, among the most lasting memories are the tenderness of the response. The people of Oklahoma banded together in a community-wide display of spontaneous altruism. Cars became ambulances. Strangers became neighbors. People literally donated the shoes off their feet. That spirit of generosity – of giving until there’s no more to give – has been part of the city’s DNA ever since it was founded. Visiting rescue workers and journalists called it the “Oklahoma Standard.”

How Can You Commit to the Oklahoma Standard? 

Committing to the Oklahoma standard means committing to any one or combination of: 

  • Service means giving your time to someone in need. This could mean volunteering at a soup kitchen, or tutoring a student.
  • Honor the victims and survivors of the 1995 bombing, by visiting the Memorial Museum, cheering at the Memorial Marathon or leaving a token of appreciation on a chair in the Memorial.
  • Kindness involves everything from holding a door for a stranger to cleaning up your neighbor’s leaves.


To Commit to the Oklahoma Standard click the logo below 
Oklahoma Standard Logo
Oklahoma Standard Website

UCO's Oklahoma Standard Service Honor Roll 

What is it?

  • This honor roll recognizes Broncho students that exhibit a commitment to living the Oklahoma Standard in their daily lives. 

How do students qualify?

  • Students are eligible for inclusion on the UCO Oklahoma Standard Service Honor Roll by completing and recording 100 service hours per calendar year (January-December). Please have all hours recorded by January 15th to ensure your consideration for inclusion on the Honor Roll.

  • Service Hour recording must be completed using the Volunteer and Service Learning Center’s service hour logging platform on OrgSync via

  • The Honor Roll will be announced by the end February each Spring.

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Oklahoma Standard Information Sheet

Oklahoma City Memorial Marathon Volunteer Opportunities 

*Volunteer applications will open in March 2018*

Click Here To Volunteer for the April 20, 2018 for the Marathon Water Station Packing Service Day

Click Here to Register to Volunteer with UCO at the OKC Memorial Marathon on April 29, 2018