Rod Polston’s Servant Heart Foundation
Rod Polston’s Servant Heart Foundation was created in 2015 to better serve our firm’s local communities. Before Rod had even opened the doors for the firm, helping others was already a way of life due to his upbringing. Rod continued to help by donating time, money or items and encouraged his staff to do the same. The Servant Heart Foundation was born from this sincere desire to improve the lives of others (as was Polston Tax). Since the Foundation’s creation, more than $40,000 has been raised and hundreds of hours have been volunteered. We look forward to helping our clients and those in need around us for many years to come.
Assembling Backpacks: Food for Kids
Volunteer Event January 16, 2017
The Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma works hard to help feed families all over Oklahoma. One of their most popular programs helps ensure that schoolchildren aren’t hungry over the weekend while they are away from school. The program started in 2003 and now provides more than 2 million meals each school year! Our groups helped put together packages of food for about 3,500 students!
To read more about the Backpack program, click here .
Tulsa Volunteer Event at Eastern Food Bank of Oklahoma
Our Tulsa employees took turns volunteering at the Eastern Food Bank of Oklahoma this last week. They helped package frozen food for families in need. Most of these foods go to one of the 450 partner agencies that the Eastern Food Bank partners with such as food pantries, soup kitchens, emergency shelters, after-school programs and senior centers.
To learn more about the Food Bank, click here.
United Way Day of Caring
What a fun volunteer event! Every year United Way of Norman partners with agencies around Norman, OK to send volunteers out into the community for a Day of Caring . This year over 600 people volunteered at more than 40 locations helping paint, improve buildings, moving furniture, and other help for local nonprofits and charities. We spent a day volunteering at Full Circle Adult Day Center. This was a great match for us as a “Servant’s Heart” is one of their core values.
Habitat for Humanity: Moore
Last week we had the opportunity to help build two houses in Moore, Oklahoma. We sent 16 employees to Cleveland County Habitat for Humanity to help with tiling and roofing. Both of these houses were built for families who lost their homes in the devastating 2013 Moore tornado. Check out some of the work we completed!
Volunteer Event at Infant Crisis Services July 6th, 2017
Infant Crisis Services works to make sure no baby in the city goes cold or hungry. The organization provides formal, baby and toddler food, diapers, blankets, clothing and other basic necessities. A parent in need can go there and receive a week’s supply of diapers, a weeks’ worth of formula, a pack of baby or toddler food, clothing, a bottle, a pack of wipes, a sleeper, socks, and blanket, an age appropriate toy, and a book. A parent can visit up to five times in the baby's first 48 months.
On July 6th, members of the Polston Tax team helped package 255 diaper packages for distribution to families. That's over 11,000 diapers!!
You can learn more about what Infant Crisis Services does and how you can help by visiting their website!
Polston Team Raises Donations for Tulsa and Elk City Tornado Victims
It wasn’t a quiet Tornado season in Oklahoma, as storms destroyed different parts of the State. Early in the season, Elk City and the surrounding area was hit hard by a tornado and left homes destroyed and people without a place to sleep. Polston Tax raised money through donations from employees to help the families in Elk City out. Through the Servant Heart Foundation, Polston Tax sent over $5,000 to farmers and ranchers in the area to help rebuild the fences that they needed for their animals that were destroyed in the storm. Along with the money to help build the fences, the Servant Heart Foundation also raised nearly $2,000 to send to several families that had their homes destroyed. Each family received over $500 to help rebuild and replace items they lost in the storm.
Months later, the city of Tulsa was hit with a small tornado and some clients of Polston Tax were directly affected. Polston Tax once again used the Servant Heart Foundation to raise funds to help some of the families and businesses affected by the tornado. We were able to raise over $1,000 to help the families out. We also found out about a local fire department that had worked hard to save one of our client’s homes that caught fire during the tornado and ended up saving his beloved dog from the flames. Several members of the team baked cookies and other goodies for the fireman and brought them the gift basket to thank them for all they do. Along with a gift basket for each family, the Servant Heart Foundation gave monetary donations to three families whose homes were damaged by the tornado.
Polston Tax Team Volunteers at United Way's Day of Caring
The Polston Tax team got the opportunity to volunteer for United Ways’ Day of Caring event in September. 12 employees spent the day volunteering at the Women’s Resource Center in Norman. The Women’s Resource Center is a nonprofit dedicated to supporting individuals who have experienced violence in the Cleveland County Community. The center has specialized services catered to domestic violence, sexual assault, and stalking. The center does not charge for any of its services and you don’t have to be a resident of the shelter to receive services. The Polston Tax team was able to help the Women’s Resource Center by doing several different activities that helped them provide services to others. Members of the team sorted through boxes of donated clothes and toys and then helped organize them for easier access. The team also helped clear out the garage and took large trash items away. Other team members helped build benches and other items for the Center’s office and other areas. Polston Tax was happy to have the opportunity to be a part of United Ways’ Day of Caring and to be able to help an amazing nonprofit like the Women’s Resource Center.
Polston Tax Team Volunteers to Help Local Family
The Rod Polston Servant Heart Foundation always looks at ways to help those in our community and that means helping people with whatever they need. A member of our team was notified about a colleague that needed help moving due to severe health issues. Over a dozen employees braved the freezing temperatures to help pack and unpack a moving truck for one deserving family. Team members helped pack, wrap and load items from the house and then helped unload and unpack boxes and furniture at the next house. Polston Tax was honored to be part of the group that helped such a deserving family.