Disaster Relief Volunteer Opportunities

Disaster Relief Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteer Opportunity Roundup – 500 VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. A base station has been established right in the midst of the destruction. At 8:30 AM meet other volunteers of Frontline Church at Covenant Life Assembly (their gym) at 207 S. Howard Ave to assist in the clean up. We have been asked to clean Moore Cemetery to prepare for graveside services. Ben Hill will be your point person upon arrival for the entire day. See you there! From Frontline Church Website: http://frontlinechurch.tv/servemoore/

The City of Moore is looking for volunteers for a cemetery clean-up on May 22nd at 9:00 am. Volunteers will be picking up debris from the May 20th Tornado. If you would like to volunteer your time, please meet at the Moore Community Center, 301 S. Howard, at 9:00 am on May 22nd. The group will be escorted to the Southgate Baptist Church, where they will walk to the cemetery on foot. Please bring gloves, rakes, etc., and be sure to wear heavy-soled shoes. This is the only volunteer opportunity at this time. For more information, please contact the Moore Parks Department at 793-5090. From City of Moore Website: http://www.cityofmoore.com/volunteer-opportunity-may-22nd

Volunteers with health and medical experience may try the Oklahoma Medical Reserves Corp at www.okmrc.org

Moore Recovers

Beyond donations, many people are seeking other ways to volunteer their time and energy to assist with the recovery of those areas affected by the May 19-20 storms. First responders are still on the ground, but clean up volunteers and Operation BBQ will be looking for help later in the week/ over the weekend. Visit Moore Recovers for additional opportunities as they become available.


Operation BBQ

Operation BBQ has set up shop at the Warren Theatre in Moore and are looking for donations of meat and grill-able items. To learn more or to participate, visit OperationBBQRelief.org


Volunteer/Responder Breakfasts

FreeOK with the help of local stores will be providing breakfast to responders, volunteers and individuals working in the disaster areas in Moore through Friday, May 24th. Krispy Kreme and Panera Bread have graciously provided the fare. The work will likely continue through the holiday weekend, so if anyone wants to contribute any additional items or funds specifically for this project, email coordinator@freeok.org. Also desired would be pretty signs indicating where to find us or anything witty/encouraging so break out those sharpies and posterboard and hop to it!


Donation Sorting

Many businesses and organizations have opened their doors to become donation drop off centers for the relief effort. A list of available drop off locations can be found here.  Contact one of the places gathering donations and offer to help with organizing those items for distribution.


Volunteer Drive at the Moore Community Center

A large group of volunteers gathers at the Moore Community Center ( 301 S. Howard) in the morning and disperses to various clean up tasks in the area by 9am. Get there early with shovels in hand and ready to work! If coming from the north, we recommend exiting I-35 at 119B and taking the West Service Rd to Main Street.

This location also acts as a donation drop center.


Blood Donation

image009It is common for blood banks to be inundated with an overwhelming number of donations following a natural disaster. Because of this, many donations go unprocessed before they are no longer viable. Our sponsors at Oklahoma Atheists are hosting a blood drive on June 8th, just outside the overflow window for disasters. You may schedule your own appointment or email coordinator@freeok.org with your preferred time slot and a contact phone number and we will get you set up. Whole blood and 2rbc donations are available.








Stuffed Animal Drive

Received Wednesday, May 22nd:

Two of our schools are “hosting” the two displaced schools on Thursday for a time of reuniting and saying goodbye to their teachers and staff. We have a dream. A dream of every one of those children walking out with a back pack and a new/practically new stuffed animal, we don’t want them leaving empty handed. That’s 1200. But we know we can do it. Time is of the essence. We have 24 hours to do this.

We need all donations brought to St. Andrews Methodist Church on SW 119th by 10pm Wed. night. PLEASE PLEASE share this. Get the word out. We’ve asked Journey Church to provide goodie bags, as well. Hoping it hits media tonight. Thank you to the PTAs at both Wayland Bonds Elementary and Eastlake Elementary for helping with making this a special event for these kids.


Volunteering in Outlying Areas

Areas outside of Moore hit by the storms are getting less attention and fewer volunteers. FreeOK will be organizing a volunteer drive this weekend, on May 25th to get volunteers and resources to the Shawnee/Carney area. Carpooling will be available and we will be accepting donated items for that area at the Red Dirt Report offices until our departure at 10am. Visit our Facebook page for additional details. Other affected areas include Dale, Newcastle, Bethel Acres, and Lake Thunderbird/Pink. Keep in touch with those localities as clean up efforts continue through the Memorial Day weekend.


Local Disaster Relief Shelters

Local Disaster Relief Shelters

This list will be updated as additional resources become available.

 Twin Lakes Apartments

  • 6103 NW 63rd St, OKC OK

No deposit, free rent for thirty days, with the option to leave or sign a lease after that time. When Twin Lakes is full, they will open another of their five OKC properties, etc. until all are full.

City Rescue Mission

  • has immediate shelter available at 800 West California OKC, OK 73106
  • Call 405.232.2709 or email hope@cityrescue.org for more information.



  • OBU is offering transitional housing in Agee Residence Center for those who have lost or sustained damage to their homes. Up to 350 beds are available through May 29 when the rooms will need to be vacated for previously contracted summer camps. To arrange housing, contact Michael Burns, OBU director of residential life, at 405-308-7336 or come to the front desk inside the south door of Agee Residence Center and ask for Burns or Jeremy Fisher, director of Agee Residence Center.Food is being provided by the Oklahoma Baptist Disaster Relief team at the Expo Center from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 4:30 to 6 p.m.OBU prohibits alcohol, tobacco, drugs, gambling and weapons on campus. The university does not have accommodations for pets.

Journey Church:

  • 3801 Journey Pkwy, Norman, OK 73072
  • Beds and meals available

Red Cross Shelters:

  • St. Andrews Church, SW 119 & S May
  • Little Axe Resource Center, 1970 156th Ave. NE, Norman, OK 73026
  • Carney Oklahoma Senior Center, 301 E. Maple, Carney, OK 74832
  • Shawnee High School Athletic Center, 1001 N. Kennedy, Shawnee, OK 74801
  • Moore Community Center 201 S Howard Moore, OK
  • Newcastle Storm Shelter 851 N Carr Newcastle, OK

Harvest NORMAN Campus

  • 2800 W. Indian Hills Rd, Norman, OK

Bring friends and family for assistance, communication, coordination. Offering Meals, food supplies, blankets, clothes and bottled water. Contact Pastor Scotty Haynes: (405) 760-7732 | russell.combs@harvestokc.com

Laquinta Inn

  • I-40 and Meridian

Offering free rooms for victims of the tornado while they can

Memorial Road Church of Christ

  • 2221 E. Memorial Road Edmond, OK 73013

(405) 478-0166 – Disaster Relief Team

New Life Bible Church

4343 N. Flood, Norman

Sonya Martinez

  • 4300 North MacArthur in OKC

Opening 125,000 sq ft building.

Offering food, shelter, prayer

Animal Resource Center (Pets): 

  • 7949 S. I-35 Service Road
  • The Animal Resource Center is taking in pets misplaced by the tornado. Located just north of Moore at the I-240/I-35 intersection. Contact umber is 405-604-2892.


List of Locations in OKC Metro Area Accepting Disaster Recovery Donations

List of Locations in OKC Metro Area Accepting Disaster Recovery Donations

This page will be updated as additional resources become available.


Tinker AFB has provided a PDF list of local emergency response resources including food banks, health clinics and clothing/utility assistance for civilians.

Looking for a loved one? Check Red Cross’s Safe & Well list.

Donate via text message: $10 donations will be deducted from your next cell phone bill.

  • Text FOOD to 32333 (News9)
  • Text REDCROSS to 90999 to give $10 to American Red Cross Disaster Relief

You may also donate funds through the OKC Red Cross

Monetary Donations through Foundation Beyond Belief benefit victims through the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma and Operation USA

Drop off Locations for Disaster Recovery Donations


KFOR TV Studio

  • 444 E. Britton Rd, OKC
  • Please DO NOT bring clothing. Items needed: 
    - Bottled water
    - Gatorade
    - Wipes
    - Diapers
    - Baby formula
    - Hand towels
    - Individually wrapped snacks
    - Work gloves

TapWerks Ale House

  • 121 E. Sheridan Ave, OKC

Accepting donations tonight: clothing, diapers, canned goods, bottled water. Anything you can do to help. We always say TapWerks is a family, we believe Oklahoma is too.


Iguana Mexican Grill

  • 9 NW 9th St, Oklahoma City, OK 73102

Help the tornado victims by bringing supplies. *Non-perishable foods, baby formula, diapers, work gloves, tools, toiletries, clothing… We hope to fill up the Black Pearl starting tomorrow and drop off everything with the RED CROSS.***


Grandad’s Bar

  • 317 NW 23rd St, Oklahoma City, OK 73103

 Grandad’s Bar is taking supply donations for families and individuals who lost everything today in Moore and elsewhere. They’re located at 317 NW 23rd St and I vouch for their integrity. Please consider donating clothes, storage supplies, tools, dog/cat food, toiletries, & non-perishables.


Oklahomans Helping-Oklahomans

  • Where: Tulsa Adkar Shrine Center – 2808 S Sheridan Road

Holding a collection drive FRIDAY for the Moore area tornado victims this Friday the 24th from 11am to 7pm. What do we need: Adult & children’s clothes – Diapers & baby wipes – Baby food & formula – non-perishable food items & water – blankets & pillows – toiletries. If you want to help, contact (918) 269-9091 or if you have items to donate but can’t come during that time, contact me and we will get a volunteer to come and pick up those items.


News 9 HQ

  • 7401 N. Kelley Avenue in Oklahoma City

Items needed include water, gloves, boots, toiletries, power bars and Gatorade. Cash will also be accepted. News 9 will turn donated cash over to the Red Cross and target it to Oklahoma Relief. Checks must be written to Oklahoma Relief – Red Cross. This will ensure that the money stays in Oklahoma.


Feed the Children donation center

  • McCormick Distribution Center (29 N. McCormick)

Feed The Children is preparing emergency disaster relief supplies to aid victims of the Moore tornadoes and will be accepting donations from the public on Tuesday, May 21, from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Items that will be accepted are diapers, canned goods, non-perishable food and snack items, water and sports drinks.


Red Dirt Report Offices

  • 1804 N. Shartel Ave OKC 73013

Science Museum of Oklahoma

  • 2100 NE 52nd St  Oklahoma City, OK 73111

Beacon Storage

  • ● Beacon Storage at 820 South Kelly in Edmond● One Storage at 11444 S.W. 15th in Yukon

    ● Summit Storage at 2100 24th Ave S.E. in Norman

Beacon Storage will be accepting donations of clothing, bedding, water and non-perishable food items at any of these locations. Donated items will be distributed by the Red Cross.

The Changing Table

  • 1145 SW 74th Street, Bldg D, Oklahoma City

Accepting donations of disposable diapers and wipes for displaced families

Cimarron Alliance Equality Center

  • 5613 N May Ave, Ste 400, OKC

 You can drop off non-perishable food, baby clothes, diapers, clothing, blankets, personal hygiene items at the Center all week from noon to 6pm. Because the need is so great right now, you can come by Tuesday as early as 9 a.m.

Mustang Brewing Co

  • 520 N Meridian Ave OKC, OK 73107

For those wanting to help, we will be collecting supplies (water, non perishable food items, infant/baby supplies, clothing, paper towels, toiletries, etc) at our corporate headquarters at 520 N Meridian Ave OKC, OK 73107 starting tomorrow at 7AM. We will make sure it gets to those who need it most!

Fusion Fitness

  • 323 W Main, Norman

Need non-perishables and clothing. Donations accepted starting 9am on Tuesday. All items will be delivered to the Red Cross.

Sauced on Paseo

  • 2912 Paseo Oklahoma City, OK

Friends: If you are wanting to help the families impacted by the tornadoes, we are accepting donations (water, non-perishable items, infant items, etc). We will take all donations to OKC Red Cross. 

Donations may be made during our normal operating hours.


Tornado Relief Items

1. Leather gloves
2. Shovels
3. Rakes
4. Thermoses
5. Batteries
6. Flashlights
7. Coffee pots
8. Antibiotic cream
9. Band-aids
10. First aid kits
11. Soap
12. Body wash
13. Bottled hand soap/hand sanitizer
14. Deodorant
15. Feminine products
16. Shampoo/cream rinse
17. Shaving cream/razors
18. Toothbrushes/toothpaste
19. Bath towels/washcloths
20. Baby formula
21. Baby food
22. Baby diapers (all sizes)
23. Baby blankets
24. Bottles
25. Toilet paper
26. Styrofoam cups
27. Cleaning supplies such as bleach, mops, brooms and buckets
28. Laundry detergent
29. Plastic goods (cups and cutlery)
30. Paper goods (plates, napkins, towels and bowls)
31. Disposable gloves (rubber or latex)
32. Trash bags (all sizes)
33. Cat and dog food
34. Plastic containers
35. Blankets
36. Gift cards
37. Bottled water
38. Non-perishable food items


Over the next 5-6 weeks, there will be many opportunities to contribute and have fun while you’re doing it:


May 14th: Freethought Night at Hideaway Pizza (OKC)

Join us at Hideaway Pizza at 901 N Broadway Ave, OKC anytime from 4pm-9:30pm on the 14th and present this flyer to your server to have a percentage of your receipt donated to FreeOK. It’s as simple as that.


May 15th: Buzzed! Night at 51st Speakeasy

We’ll be at 51st Speakeasy at 6pm to register players for the first ever Buzzed! Spelling Bee Bar Challenge, taking place that night. Some of you have repressed memories/delusions of grandeur regarding your childhood spelling bee experiences. Exorcise some demons! Flex some English language enthusiasm muscle! Drink, spell, cheerlead and be merry! If you win, we’ll pay your bar tab. Check out the Facebook page for rules and information.


May 15th: Freethought Night at Hideaway Pizza (Tulsa) + Fontana Gallery

Check out the Passion By Design Art Gallery from 1:30 to 7pm and 50% of sales of Daisy’s jewelry or Candi’s photography will be donated to FreeOK. Then join us at Hideaway Pizza in Tulsa 7877 E 51st St at 7pm and let your server know you’re there for FreeOK in order to have a percentage of your receipt donated as well.


May 29th: Freethought Night at BJ’s Restaurant + Brewhouse (Norman)

Live in Norman and can’t make it to our OKC fundraiser events? We’ve got you covered there, too. Join us at BJ’s Restaurant & Brewhouse on May 29th with this flyer and let them know you’re there for the FreeOK benefit.


June 2nd: FreeOK Picnic (OKC)

To close out this fundraising season, FreeOK presents a picnic for you. It’s an outdoor, family-friendly event including food, kickball, dodgeball, face painting and more, and the evening closes with a movie screening on the lawn. Visit the event page for more information on attending or how you can be involved for free admission.

FreeOK Picnic June 2nd


Bring your picnic blankets, lawn chairs, beer, kids, and fur babies and join us for FreeOK’s Family Day Picnic! It is our last big fundraiser of the season and we’d like to go out with a bang. Don’t worry about the food, though. We’ve got you covered there.

Stuff to look forward to includes:

Chili Cook Off (enter for prizes!)

Wine Tasting

Kona Ice

Capture the Flag, Dodgeball and Kickball Games

FreeOK Merch, Tickets, Raffle

Water Balloons and more!

And the day ends with an outdoor movie screening! You can’t think of a better way to spend your Monday.

Admission is $12 for adults and $8 for children ages 12 and under and a non-perishable food donation to the Oklahoma Regional Food Bank. (Families of 4 pay $35. Cook Off participants and Foodie admission is free). Children ages 3 and under are free.

Bug us at coordinator@freeok.org if you’d like to be on the Foodie committee for the event or to enter your chili into the cook off.

See you at the park!

FreeOK 2013 Promo

Special thanks to The Thinking Atheist for providing this year’s promo video.

FreeOK Benefit Night at Hideaway Pizza

Join us Tuesday, May 14th at the Hideaway Pizza in Automobile Alley (OKC). Present your server with the flyer below (or otherwise indicate to them that you are participating in the benefit) and FreeOK will receive 15% of net sales made between 5pm and 9:30pm.


Print PDF Flyer

Introducing: Buzzed! Spelling Bee Bar Challenge — A FreeOK Fundraiser

Introducing: Buzzed! Spelling Bee Bar Challenge — A FreeOK Fundraiser



buzzed cover photo


Welcome to the new OKC Hangout for Lubricated Grammar Enthusiasts! 51st Speakeasy is hosting FreeOK’s monthly fundraiser spelling bee for adults.  Join us Wednesday, May 15th to spell words drunkenly for free stuff! Sign up starts at 7 and the game starts at 8.  You must be 21 years of age to play, and you must have a designated driver. Grand prize is a free bar tab for the night, and of course, proceeds benefit FreeOK.

This first night is brought to you by Goose Island IPA

Buzzed! Rules

Now Offering: On-site Child Care

If you plan to bring children ages 4-12 with you to the event, FreeOK is offering affordable child care services all day during the convention. Planned activities include games, movie time and a field trip to Myriad Botanical Gardens across the street from the convention center. Parents must retrieve their children for lunch, but we will supply snacks throughout the day.

Due to space and staffing constraints, we can only offer 20 spots so you are encouraged to register for the service early.

Cost: $30 – 1 child, $20 per additional

Buy Tickets/Reserve Space Now

Welcome Sponsor: American Humanist Association

Welcome Sponsor: American Humanist Association

We would like to thank the American Humanists Association for their sponsoring contribution to FreeOK 2013! AHA was also a sponsor for last year’s event.

The American Humanists Association strives to bring about a progressive society where being good without a god is an accepted way to live life. They are accomplishing this through defense of our civil liberties and secular governance, through the outreach to the growing number of people without traditional religious faith, and through a continued refinement and advancement of the humanist worldview.

Humanism encompasses a variety of nontheistic views (atheism, agnosticism, rationalism, naturalism, secularism, and so forth) while adding the important element of a comprehensive worldview and set of ethical values – values that are grounded in the philosophy of the Enlightenment, informed by scientific knowledge, and driven by a desire to meet the needs of people in the here and now.

AHA counts humanists and other nontheists as the core of the movement but are always willing to work with friends and allies on issues of common concern. The positions they hold and the actions they take are not simply for AHA’s benefit, but for the betterment of all of society and the world in which we live.

Like AHA on Facebook and be sure to check out their table at FreeOK.