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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Voluntary Health Associations & Medical Disciplines

Mission: Joy in the Cause is a non-profit 501c3 charity whose mission is to provide care, compassion, and joy one personal act of kindness at a time, helping those with life altering illness and special needs.

Results: Over 30,000 care packages have been given out in the last 3 years. Each tailored to fit the need of the recipient. It may be payment of a bill, gas card, money card, grocery card. We try to meet the need of the entire family. When one family member faces illness, the entire family is affected. Thousands of volunteer hours are spent on visits, helping with care package assembly, work on each JITC project, events, and creating hand made outfits that go on each special stuffed Mavis Pearl dog and hand made blessing quilts. The stuffed Mavis dog is the calling card of Joy In The Cause.

Target demographics: people with life-altering illnesses, end of life stage, and persons in crisis

Direct beneficiaries per year: over 5,000 individuals and families

Geographic areas served: Oklahoma

Programs: home, hospital, nursing home, and hospice visits, care packages, gift cards and money cards, utility payments, even visits from our therapy dog Mavis Pearl! Purpose Project: Support for Senior Heroes. Joy To The Rescue Project Kids in Crisis: Equipping first responders with backpacks of comfort and hope that are delivered to children in crisis. Hope Visits: Home, Hospital, Hospice visits and adoptions. Care package deliveries made weekly. Military Project: Bringing support to our veterans and service men and women

Community Stories

59 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bobby Z.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause’s program Joy to the Rescue: Project Kids in Crisis has single-handedly helped local first responders especially law enforcement help reach out to children, teens, and young adults during traumatic situations. As a Police Officer with the Bixby Police Department, I have had the opportunity to personally hand the Joy in the Cause backpacks to young children during horrible situations. Those backpacks are filled with essential items along goodies to make any kid smile, like their very own Mavis Pearl stuffed doggie. Joy in the Cause are experts in knowing how to reach into people’s lives during dire times and bring smiles and joy back to their lives.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause has truly changed my life in so many ways. A few months back, I had the opportunity to go with Lisa Bain on a hope visit. We spent several hours at the cancer treatment facility loving on chemo patients and bringing hope to them on a very dark day. The saying it is better to give than receive couldn't be more true. Meeting those precious people and watching their faces light up as we gifted them Mavis Pearl dogs and quilts that had been prayed over was truly remarkable. I left feeling so full of joy knowing that I had just been a part of something life-changing for those people. Joy in the Cause is like no other charity I have ever been a part of. This organization brings hope and love to so many people in their most desperate times of need. I cannot say enough about what I have seen first-hand and how they change so many lives just by showing up with a smile and a gift bag or backpack. My husband is a police officer and he has had the opportunity to gift children a backpack when they needed it most. Being in law enforcement, he sees terrible things and so do I as a news reporter. We often meet people on the worst day of their life and so do volunteers with Joy in the Cause. In a hurting world, they are making such a difference and I cannot say enough about Lisa and Mavis and everyone at Joy in the Cause. I now proudly serve on the board of directors for this organization and I would recommend it to anyone.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I’m a first responder and I have had the opportunity to work with the fantastic people at Joy In The Cause for the past year. Joy In The Cause does amazing work in our community. They provide the Tulsa Police Department with numerous backpacks for children in crisis and diaper bags for infants in crisis. The backpacks contain comforting gifts, which eases a child’s anxiety in traumatic times. I have seen the positive impact that the backpacks have on the children that receive them and the officers that have the opportunity to gift them.

dwells114

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It has been my privilege to volunteer for this organization for approximately four years now. I have never known a more compassionate, caring group of individuals dedicated to helping those in need. I am both proud and humbled by the love and devotion of the volunteers. Furthermore, I have seen the results their generosity on the faces of the recipients that have benefited from the care packages they have received.I am truly blessed to be a small part of such an organization.

Previous Stories

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It is my greatest honor and privilege to volunteer with this organization. Never have I experienced a more caring and compassionate group of people. I look forward to a long and fruitful experience together. My mother passed away almost three years ago and I was her primary caregiver. Until I found Lisa and JITC I was lost. This organization gives my life meaning and purpose in the most pure, profound way. There are not enough words to express what this organization has accomplished and I will continue to sing their praises.

Review from Guidestar

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause is a great nonprofit to work with. The organization helps many people in the community. The dog Mavis Pearl is so cute and brings joy to all who receive one.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have been involved with Joy in the cause from its inception, and There aren’t enough stars on a rating board to do it justice! My name is Lisa Ramsey, and I run a local ovarian cancer support group in the Tulsa Area. Lisa Bain has dedicated her life to helping other people aid while dealing with crisis in their lives. Whether it is a life altering illness, adult cancers, children’s cancers, children in crisis, honoring our troups, or assisting families in hospice situations. Joy in the cause is there to help.
It is the one of the best organized and well
Managed charitable organization I’ve ever seen! Lisa has an army of wonderful, caring people I’ve ever had the pleasure to know. This world is a much better place since Joy in the Cause was established and I’m blessed to be a small part of it! I rate it a million stars!

Scott Mayo B.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause is an amazing group that helps so many people! Backpacks for kids in crisis, hospice visits, hospital visits...whatever is needed, they do with joy! My work has volunteered, and I have seen the impact they make on the lives they touch. I believe in their mission so much, my kids and I volunteer as much as we can. Love Joy in the Cause for everything they do and the love they do it with.

Emmalee H.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I had just moved up from Dallas and was looking for a place to give my time and in a blessing of events, I found Joy In The Cause. The first night I went to their sowing room, I was welcomed by everyone there. I learned more about their organization and all they they did for this new community I just joined. Some days it was hard to make it to the evening events but when I pushed myself to go and serve others, I in turn always reserved an abundance of joy in evrything we did. I have now joined a few other groups withing Joy In The Cause and I am always amazed to what lengths the team will go to make sure the city's needs are met. I can't wait to give more of my time to help this great cause, Joy In The Cause.

Anel N.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joy for the cause. Helped my daughter and our family find comfort and bring a smile to daughter the care package showed her and our family we where not alone in our fight . We are going through the most difcult time my daughter is fighting a rare brain tumor glioma h3k27m her type of mutation is first known in the world no cure. Joy for the cause is helping bring attenion to brain tumors and all kind of diffrent types of causes other wise no one would know about. Thanks to Lisa and her volunteers for there kindness and their hard work. Without people like them we would be so alone and would not know what to do thank you. For caring we love Joy For The Cause. God Bless a nonprofit who cares for people no matter what their situation is.

Client Served

Rating: 5

4 years ago I was diagnosed with colon cancer at the age of 34. My gastroenterologist told me I was the youngest he had seen with this diagnosis. Long story short, within 1 week of knowing I had cancer, I was in surgery to have part of my colon removed. 1 month after that, Inwas having a port put in to start chemo.

I have to say life as a I knew it was over. I was 34 married to my wonderful wife and a dad of 7 great kiddos. As a police officer, I know any day could be my last due to the risks of the job. However, this scared me! I was truly afraid of the cancer and the chemo. I didn’t want to die, I was to young.

The day came to start chemo. I told my wife as we walked in “this will be the last doctor office I will ever visit” The nurse who stabbed my port and missed several times was not making this a good day. After I was hooked up to the chemo, my wife told me there was a dog in our area! I was half out of it and I told her that’s great! I am a dog lover, they always bring peace to me!

By the time I got to meet Lisa, and Ms. Mavis Pearl, I was not very coherent. Later, my wife explained to me why Lisa and Mavis were there. I woke up later that evening with a stuffed Mavis Pearl dog with a checkered flag scarf. (I love race cars)

I know, I know, big bad cop with a stuffed animal! Lol. I will tell you this that little stuffed animal, or Ms. Pearl stunt double! (That’s manly right?) lol. Gave me peace and comfort while I battled chemo an fought my battle with cancer! That 1 little jester gave mehope to win and live.

Chemo was the worst part of my battle! The surgeries were no sweat compared to the chemo and it’s side effects! Every time I look at my Ms. Pearl stunt double, I felt at peace and someone out there actually cared about us cancer warriors! (Patient is negative to me, who ever battled or is battling cancer is a true warrior!)

The prayers, and support I got from Joy in the Cause still has me speechless. A complete stranger (Ms. Lisa) went out of her way to give personal attention of prayer and comfort for 1 person (me) to reassure me my life was not over!!

Joy in the Cause does this for not just only me, but everyone! Thank you Lisa, Mavis, and Joy in the Cause for all that you do!

Karen K.2

Client Served

Rating: 5

My 3 yo daughter has faces leukemia now 2 times. Joy in the Cause has been so amazing to our family! We are so blessed to have them on this journey with us! Our kids still want to be kids, and this helps a great deal to bring smiles to their faces. Thank you JITC!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am a survivor of domestic violence. I was married for 24 years all of the sudden a single mom of a wonderful 14 year old at the time. My days consisted of getting my son up for school climbing back in bed and staying there until he got home. I was suffering from deep depression and also PTSD.
In August of 2015 I got out of bed and went to a volunteer meeting. I never knew how life changing that day would be for me. Lisa’s Mom used to tell her everyone has a purpose until their last breath. I had lost my purpose and Joy. I have been a part of this wonderful organization for over two years now. From helping at events, to help passing out backpacks, to meeting people and sharing my story. To be there when people are at their darkest hours, and helping them find their purpose, helping them heal. I’m just so honored to be a part of this organization.
Giving = Joy
Joy = Hope
Hope= Healing

Review from Guidestar

Meredith F.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause is more than a non-profit organization or a place to volunteer, it is where Hope is restored and Joy is found. Founders, Skipper and Lisa Bain, devote their personal time and finances to help those in need in our community, from Kids in Crisis to Joy in the Cause volunteers to our senior citizen heroes. The office is filled with stories of healing and staffed by volunteers who have all been impacted personally by Joy in the Cause. Many of the volunteers suffer from life-altering illness and yet find that by giving back their time and talents they are personally impacted more than they could ever imagine.
Seeing Mavis Pearl, bulldog ambassador, in action as a therapy dog extrodinaire is quite a blessing as well. She brings love and smiles wherever she goes, and always knows the just right person in the room who needs her special brand of love. Lisa Bain takes special care to attend hospice visits when requested, and has been privledged to be present at the last moments of so many precious lives, singing them Home.
The reach and scope of the people and community who are aided by Joy in the Cause keeps growing each year, and the newest project, Joy to the Rescue, is now state-wide, helping domestic violence survivors, kids in crisis from trauma, young mothers in therapy, families suffering life-altering situations, and so many more. Seeing the smiles on the young faces of kids who recieve a backpack, somehow knowing that their little Mavis Pearl dog will make it all better, is one of the more rewarding experiences in life.
Joy in the Cause is making a difference in our community. They care, they love unconditional, and they are doing good for the sake of helping others, everyday. God bless Joy in the Cause!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause is a light that shines in the dark places. I've seen so many lives changed, both those hurting or sick, and people volunteering (looking for a purpose). Joy in the Cause provides hope and healing to so many. They bring communities together for a unified purpose to help those who are hurting. Lisa Bain and the volunteers in this organization have servants hearts and they are ready and willing to help whenever needed. If you are looking for a place where you can help others and, in return, receive overflowing joy, this is the organization to join!!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This organizaton does everything with a spirit of excellence and the founders are very touchable. They are awesome stewards of what the good Lord God has blessed them with. It's an honor and privilege to be a part of such a reputable organization.

Donor

Rating: 5

There truly can be Joy even in our darkest times, and this organization helps make that happen in so many ways!

Volunteer

Rating: 5

During the time I was looking for an organization to volunteer for my husband met Lisa Bain and came home and told me all about this organization called Joy In The Cause, I have been so blessed being a volunteer for the last 14 mos. My husband is a medical pilot, he has amazing stories of the comfort these dogs give to the children during horrific pain they're enduring. Since I have been a volunteer, I'm amazed of how many people I have spoke with, including my neighbor that have been touched by these magnificent dogs that have helped them in the most devastating times in their lives. I have never met a more loving and giving group of people that have nothing but love and joy in their hearts to help so many people in need during a rough time.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Lisa has a heart of gold and is by far the most giving person I have ever come across. Her "JOY" is contagious. It makes me strive to be a better person and to bring "JOY" to everyone I meet.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I learned about Joy in the cause when my office became a sponsor. In no time several of us wanted to get more involved and become volunteers so we have. We love Joy in the cause and everything they do. We try to participate in all we can because we always leave feeling blessed or just had a great time with some new made friends. JITC is the best!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause is such a wonderful positive organization! I love everything they do. They are helping so many people & organizations! They are so organized and ready to help anyone! They helped me by coming to see me in the hospital after my breast cancer surgery! Loved all the sweet gifts from my sweet Mavis dog, bracelets & quilt! Lisa and her sweet Joy in the Cause volunteers mean the world to me and so many others! Love Joy in the Cause!