On February 20, 2015, several staff members of Phillips Theological Seminary, volunteered at the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. The mission of the Food Bank is to feed the hungry of eastern Oklahoma through a network of partner programs and engage the community in ending hunger. They are the largest private hunger-relief organization in eastern Oklahoma.
Phillips volunteers helped sort donated food items that will be distributed by more than 450 partner programs located in the 24 counties of eastern OK, including Tulsa. The Food Bank provides 275,000 meals per month to the hungry.
Josh Linton not only works as the Director of Recruitment for Phillips Theological Seminary, he also serves as the Chair of the Board of Directors for StoneSoup Community Venture.
"I’m honored to serve as the Board Chair for StoneSoup Community Venture in Tulsa," Linton said. "StoneSoup thoughtfully, responsibly and passionately addresses the societal struggles imposed by food insecurity, and I’m thankful that Phillips has enabled me to team up with an organization with that kind of purpose."
Phillips recently partnered with StoneSoup by hosting the first Tulsa's Table, a pay what you can pop-up cafe, and by creating the Seeds of Hope Community Garden on the seminary's campus.
"StoneSoup and Phillips share similar values, so my involvement and leadership there makes a lot of sense," Linton said.
Linton is most attracted to StoneSoup's commitment to challenge the systems that create food insecurity. He believes StoneSoup prioritizes political and community justice work in Tulsa.
"StoneSoup addresses the politics and systemic injustices snuggled behind the symptom of food insecurity, and I’m thankful to be a small part of an organization doing something about it," he said.
Clair Powers, Instruction and Electronic Services Librarian at Phillips Theological Seminary, rode in the American Diabetes Association’s Tour de Cure on Saturday, May 31, 2014.
The Tour de Cure is a collection of events over a period of time that raises money for the ADA. The Tulsa ride began 7 a.m. at Hillcrest Hospital South, located at 8801 S. 101st East Ave. Funds were raised for diabetes research and preventative education efforts. Powers and her team, the Saint Francis Tulsa Tough Divas, raised $2,936.
“I am doing this because diabetes is such a huge health problem, particularly in Oklahoma,” Powers said. “I’m glad to participate in the Tour de Cure in hopes that a cure will soon be found.”
Though this was Powers’ first year to ride in the Tour de Cure, it was not her first charity ride. She has previously participated in Bike MS, a ride to benefit the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, and Ride for Reading, a ride to provide Eugene Field Elementary School in Tulsa with books.