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YMSL Midtown Tulsa Chapter Transforms Coffee Bunker

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Sat, 01/27/2018 - 08:41 -- Heidi Holguin

Over 4 weekend days in October, the YMSL Midtown Tulsa chapter transformed the food pantry and clothing donation area of the Coffee Bunker. The Coffee Bunker is a local charity and supports veterans in transitioning from active duty to civilian life. The clothing and food pantry began organically and quickly became overwhelming due to limited space, planning and upkeep. They started the project by removing everything in the area and putting it in a storage container. They then scraped, cleaned and painted all surfaces in the storage areas. They added plywood to walls to create a solid surface, added shelving units and putting up new hanging racks for the clothing. The stairwell was previously grey and blended in with the walking surfaces. This was of particular concern to them all. The stairs were painted a bright yellow and grip strips were added for more safety. Everything was sorted before coming back into the area and the new storage areas were organized and labeled. New processes were posted in order to assist volunteers to help maintain the flow and organization after the project. They were lucky enough to have a vet work along side us for the project. The founder of Coffee Bunker shared with us that she had "lost sleep" in the past worrying that someone might fall or trip in the donation areas due to clutter and disorganization. She was so pleased with the transformation once the project was complete she said she could now "sleep better at night." The Executive Director presented our President, VP of philanthropy and some of the boys that volunteered extra time with "Challenge Awards." Our project had just over 200 hours of service and 80% of those hours were worked as Mom/Son teams. 

 

 

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Over 4 weekend days in October, the YMSL Midtown Tulsa chapter transformed the food pantry and clothing donation area of the Coffee Bunker. The Coffee Bunker is a local charity and supports veterans in transitioning from active duty to civilian life. The clothing and food pantry began organically and quickly became overwhelming due to limited space, planning and upkeep. They started the project by removing everything in the area and putting it in a storage container. They then scraped, cleaned and painted all surfaces in the storage areas. They added plywood to walls to create a solid surface, added shelving units and putting up new hanging racks for the clothing. The stairwell was previously grey and blended in with the walking surfaces. This was of particular concern to them all. The stairs were painted a bright yellow and grip strips were added for more safety. Everything was sorted before coming back into the area and the new storage areas were organized and labeled. New processes were posted in order to assist volunteers to help maintain the flow and organization after the project. They were lucky enough to have a vet work along side us for the project. The founder of Coffee Bunker shared with us that she had "lost sleep" in the past worrying that someone might fall or trip in the donation areas due to clutter and disorganization. She was so pleased with the transformation once the project was complete she said she could now "sleep better at night." The Executive Director presented our President, VP of philanthropy and some of the boys that volunteered extra time with "Challenge Awards." Our project had just over 200 hours of service and 80% of those hours were worked as Mom/Son teams. 

 

 

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Over 4 weekend days in October, the YMSL Midtown Tulsa chapter transformed the food pantry and clothing donation area of the Coffee Bunker. The Coffee Bunker is a local charity and supports veterans in transitioning from active duty to civilian life. The clothing and food pantry began organically and quickly became overwhelming due to limited space, planning and upkeep. They started the project by removing everything in the area and putting it in a storage container. They then scraped, cleaned and painted all surfaces in the storage areas. They added plywood to walls to create a solid surface, added shelving units and putting up new hanging racks for the clothing. The stairwell was previously grey and blended in with the walking surfaces. This was of particular concern to them all. The stairs were painted a bright yellow and grip strips were added for more safety. Everything was sorted before coming back into the area and the new storage areas were organized and labeled. New processes were posted in order to assist volunteers to help maintain the flow and organization after the project. They were lucky enough to have a vet work along side us for the project. The founder of Coffee Bunker shared with us that she had "lost sleep" in the past worrying that someone might fall or trip in the donation areas due to clutter and disorganization. She was so pleased with the transformation once the project was complete she said she could now "sleep better at night." The Executive Director presented our President, VP of philanthropy and some of the boys that volunteered extra time with "Challenge Awards." Our project had just over 200 hours of service and 80% of those hours were worked as Mom/Son teams. 

 

 

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