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.
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.
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.