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Joy in the Cause

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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

69 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Sherrie Carll F.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Hi my name is Sherrie Fipps and I meet Lisa at the cancer center..I had luckemia of the blood I am in remission have been for several years now..Lisa is a very kind loving person in this world..I have bought about 30 of her Mavis Pearl dogs..I no Lisa would do anything in this world for you if you would ask her..Everytime you turn around she's helping people with cancer .Love you girl..

Volunteer

Rating: 5

In April of 2014 I attended a Joy In The Cause fundraiser. Wow! I was so touched that I became a volunteer. Over the years I have served in different areas with Joy In The Cause and have been so blessed. What an amazing caring organization. They have reached so many hurting families and have brought joy when it’s hard to find Joy. I have spent time watching football with a gentleman in his last days when he had no one. What an honor. I have had the opportunity to give out care packages to cancer patients and bless so many families who faced a long journey in healing or coming to peace with only a few months or weeks to live.
At one point my own family was in a life changing journey. My son had to have his colon taken out. He was only 32 with a wife and 4 kids. I suddenly became one of the people they cared about.
There are backpacks that go in the first responders vehicle. Sometimes this is the only thing the kids have to take to a temporary place because life happens and parents don’t care or maybe that parent has had their own struggles.
We have fixed up rooms in a Woman’s shelter where the women come sometimes with nothing but themselves and their children.
I have seen volunteers and the leaders give their time, their love and their money over and over.
The founders and the board are very well respected and also volunteer many many hours.
I’m honored to be a volunteer for this 5 star non-profit.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

This is the absolutely best organization I have ever been part of. This is the kindest, most focused, hardworking, sharing, caring and loving group of people I have volunteered for in my 20 years of community service. The focus of this organization is not on any one cause but they consider any cause that needs their help. They work with very little equipment/supplies and can always use donations. I became a volunteer after seeing them in action in a treatment room full of cancer patients. They energized that room full of patients!! But they work with many organizations and individual needs. They are an amazing non-profit to be part of and I am so thankful to be able to do so much community service through my association with them.

Terri Hammons B.

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is the most amazing group of people. Have been there for me and so many others. Lisa is truly the real deal.

Nina L.1

Donor

Rating: 5

i first met Joy in the cause at a Fundraiser at BlueStone Steakhouse. i was very impressed and loved the reason for the fundraiser. I listened to Lisas story and i can sympathize with Lisa. My mother died from brain cancer, and i have a son who, at the age of 17 had accident and is now handicap from a brain injury. Joy in the Cause is a very worthy cause and I will support it as long asI can.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

There are many things to consider when deciding where to volunteer your time.
I have have spent the past two plus years working with Joy in the Cause. This group has boundless energy, compassion and love for our community and beyond. Our leader, Lisa Bain, continues a quest to provide joy, support and love wherever and whenever needed. This group of loving people has brought joy and comfort to the sick and dying. Toys and better living conditions to mothers and children. Comfort backpacks to emergency personnel.
Comfort and support to families that have lost loved ones.

I feel blessed to share my talents and time with Joy in the Cause.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Joy in the Cause has made a powerful and positive impact on the Rosa Parks Elementary community. The JITC team have generously given time and resources to make community events fun and memorable. Additionally, the team's facilitation of in-school and after school opportunities for students to give back to the community have helped increase students' awareness of collective impact and the importance of community engagement for all.

Nick W.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is an amazing organization! It's mind-blowing how many people they help in the community. My favorite part is that it all happens right here in Tulsa and the surrounding areas. My company, Bound For Glory Productions, does all of their video work and we always leave with our heart so full!!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

Joy In The Cause is more than just a nonprofit. It's a group of Individuals who are truly making a difference for families and patients in Oklahoma needing assistance during tough times. Thank you, to all who donate to this nonprofit - your donations end up helping various individuals all over Oklahoma. For example young families who have young children losing a parent to cancer, folks going through the unknown during chemo treatments, unique transportation solutions for patients like myself unable to ride in a normal assisted transportation vehicle. Volunteers who go beyond the expected to find solutions for patients needing help in difficult situations. They do this with JOY. It's an amazing nonprofit, and if I had the health to volunteer, then I certainly would because they are honestly bringing joy to families in difficult times. The help they provide does not remove grief, but it does provide a joyful memory, and possibly a unique solution to a unique need. Thanks to Joy In The Cause for ALL you do! Thanks to all the volunteers and businesses who contribute funds to this great ( agency) community of volunteers making special (joyful) things happen in tough (painful) times. When a day ends, it is gone forever, but it leaves something behind - Joy In the Cause is leaving joy and goodness behind in a vast number of lives.

1 Vannessa E.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can’t say enough words to tell the gratitude I feel from the amazing team and people from Joy in the Cause! From the start they have always been there and been so helpful where I couldn’t personally do things myself for my little one. Lisa is one of a kind. Skipper is just as amazing and the whole crew deserve more than I could ever give back to them ! PLEASE if you can help donate time, money or resources help out this place, hands down best charity in the world! I love Lisa Bain and she brings more JOY to a world that desperately needs it

1 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.

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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.

1

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.

1 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.

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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

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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.

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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!

1 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.

1 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.

1 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.

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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!