Oklahomans for Equality Inc.

Rating: 3.67 stars   3 reviews

Issues: Civil Rights, LGBTQ, Race, Sports

Location: PO Box 2687 Tulsa OK 74101 USA

Mission: For 27 years, OkEq has provided Tulsa and Oklahoma with on-going LGBT civil and human rights education and advocacy efforts for individuals, families, schools, local and state governments, businesses and corporations. In addition to education and advocacy, OkEq's core services include more than twenty programs offered at the Dennis R. Equality Center, an 18,000 square-foot LGBT community center located in downtown Tulsa. Additionally OkEq sponsors the Diversity Celebration each June culminating with Tulsa's Annual Pride Parade and Festival.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been volunteering at the Dennis R. Neill Equality Center since January of 2014. I have fifty plus hours and am currently a student in social work. As a Tulsa native, I was surprised and enlightened to learn about all the programs the Equality Center offers the entire community, as well as proud to discover that Oklahomans for Equality operates the 5th largest LGBTQIA community center in the world. Even more impressive is that the Center has only three full time employees. Their dedication, vision and determination has created the great center we currently have today. This is the best example of a non-profit in Tulsa born from a truly "grassroots effort." The Equality Center continues to thrive and grow with more than two hundred volunteers, in large part due to the grassroots spirit. Volunteering at the Equality Center is an honor and privilege.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Magically increase operating budget to hire support personnel for the Executive Director, Program Director and Office Manager.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2014

Rating: 1 stars  

As a volunteer I was beyond disappointed with the lack of leadership ability and the lack of organization in most areas. They are doing good things as far as providing a home base for those seeking equality, but if they intend on expanding they need to shape up the organizational side of things.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Be more organized, have a time schedule, allow for more creativity, have a budget more than $0 when planning "smaller" events like picnics and such.

Would you volunteer for this group again?

No

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

None

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Badly

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Unsure

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with OkEq for 15+ years. The most amazing thing about this organization is that it is managed by volunteers - and has been organized that way since the 80's! The leadership at OkEq is committed to providing an environment that is welcoming to all people who are LGBTQ and their allies. The programming efforts are strategically designed to meet the current needs of its members and users and a consistent effort is applied to assess the program effectiveness.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

their methods of reaching out and including all communities.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the committed volunteers who are willing to do their part to meet the needs of its clientel.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Knowledgeable, willing to look for answers, energetic and compassionate.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make Tulsa metro area an even better and diverse place to live.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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