Sharon’s Story

Bringing the Community Together

Sharon Van Orsdol

Vice President, Community Bank of Bristow, Day of Caring Volunteer

Organizing a Day of Caring team for her fellow employees is not enough for Sharon Van Orsdol. Each year, she mobilizes her entire community.

“It’s important for the community to come together to help those who need it,” says Sharon, vice president of the Community Bank in Bristow.

Along with the other bank in town, SpiritBank, and Bristow Medical Center, Sharon and hundreds of volunteers have spread across this small community to complete service projects for 15 years.

They have built ramps for disabled persons, mowed yards for elderly residents, baked cookies for nursing homes, and installed smoke detectors in homes. Especially popular is the ice cream they make from scratch at the senior nutrition center.

Everyone in town participates – doctors, lawyers, the local fire department, students and local merchants.
“It’s really become a tradition in Bristow,” she says.

The Tulsa Area United Way Day of Caring is one of the nation’s largest single days of community service. Last year, more than 5,000 volunteers worked on 360 projects in the Tulsa area.