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That’s a Wrap

After 6 years and 400 posts, the Tulsa Initiative blog is calling it a wrap. We here at CAP Tulsa first dipped our toe in the water of social media through this blog, with the goal of building a community of readers interested in the things we were interested in – early childhood education; anti-poverty policy; food insecurity; workforce development; innovation; and others. It was part of a larger idea that a “Tulsa Initiative” could be built that would support Tulsa’s vulnerable children, and their families, from early education through high school graduation and beyond.

While “the Tulsa Initiative” did not come to full fruition, CAP Tulsa helped launch a neighborhood and community-based comprehensive development project called Growing Together in two Tulsa neighborhoods.  The Innovation Lab at CAP Tulsa, which has staffed this blog, helped build CareerAdvance, an innovative two-generation strategy at CAP that helps parents build careers and provide stable economic footing to support their children’s development. And CAP Tulsa embraced social media and is now on Facebook and Twitter.

Meanwhile, lots of great organizations continued to produce and distribute lots of great work – much of which we have posted to this site. We feel confident we will not be leaving too big of a hole in the blogosphere.

We thank you for reading and supporting us. Please do continue to stay connected to the work of CAP Tulsa through our website www.captulsa.org or our Facebook page.

 

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This post contains outdated information from 2013; for current information check out our 2014 Tax post for local and online resources or visit CAP Tulsa’s website.

It is tax season once again, and with it comes a variety of questions.  While this post cannot answer all your tax questions, we can guide you to more information about CAP’s Free Tax Preparation program.  CAP Tulsa will be operating two tax preparation locations this year, one at Exchange Center and one at the Bank of Oklahoma on Pine & Lewis.  (This is outdated information.  Visit CAP Tulsa’s website for more current information or check out our new Tax Post for local and online resources available in 2014.)

Free tax prep is available to families who make $50,000 or less.  The appointment line is now open, and making an appointment is strongly encouraged.  While walk-ins will be considered on a day-to-day basis at both sites, this can change at a moment’s notice due to capacity. The only way to guarantee you’ll be seen on a given day is to call 918-382-3333 to make an appointment.

For more information on locations, hours and what to bring, please click here.

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Tonya  is our new Research Specialist with the Innovation Lab at CAP.

Hello, my name is Tonya Thurman.  I am the new Research Specialist with the Innovation Lab at CAP and I also have the pleasure of being the new writer for the Tulsa Initiative Blog. I am a native Oklahoman, and recent graduate of the University of Tulsa College of Law, with a background in education and customer service.  After graduation my goal was to work for a local government or non-profit agency where I could make a difference in the lives of Oklahomans.  So I am thrilled to be with CAP, where the focus on children and parents helps to remove barriers for low-income families.  I look forward to working with this great team and sharing what we learn here with you.  

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Goodbye Post

Last week, you read a welcome post from Valerie.  Today, you are reading a goodbye post from me (Elizabeth).  For the past two years, I have been your faithful (sometimes not so faithful) blogger from the Innovation Lab, but last week was my last week as a member of the Lab.  I am now a Strategic Planning and Organizational Performance Specialist at CAP, so I will be around – possibly even blogging on occasion.  Please bear with the blog as it transfers from one blog master to another.  If you think you might have what it takes to become the next Researcher in the Innovation Lab and therefore the next blog master, click here to read the job description and apply.

It has been a joy to share this space with you!

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Election 2010

I love Fall! I love the weather, the color in the trees, sweaters, and college football. I also love Election Day! But, for some it can be stressful. I thought I would try to help make the process a little less stressful. The links below are to great election-related resources.

 Oklahoma Policy Institute’s overview of each of the 11 state questions on Oklahoma’s ballot can be found by clicking on the icon to the left.

 Information about polling places and early voting can be found by clicking on the Oklahoma State Election Board’s icon to the left.  The State Election Board also provides a list of candidates for each office in the state.

Happy voting, and wear your “I Voted!” sticker with pride!

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For those of you only reading this via email, this is Monica.  I must be getting old because I drafted a little something over a month ago to welcome Elizabeth Harris, the latest addition to CAP’s Innovation Lab, and then promptly forgot to actually post it.  Guess I need some more Gingko Biloba! 

Anyway, in his farewell post Micah alluded to the great work Elizabeth’s been doing quietly on this blog for the past couple months.  And so, in the spirit of “better late than never”, I give you my own, embarassingly late introduction.

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June 3, 2010

Our faithful readers will have noticed several posts by a new blogger. Elizabeth Harris joined our team in May as a Research Associate and she will be making regular contributions to the blog.

Elizabeth comes to us after completing a stint with AmericaCorps, where she was stationed at the American Red Cross Tulsa.  She taught various safety courses and it is through this work that she became acquainted with CAP, teaching CPR at several of our early childhood sites.  She also performed disaster casework.  She has a B.S. and M.A. in Political Science, both from OSU.  She has been a teaching assistant and a research associate and served as an intern at the Government Accountability Office in Dallas.

We are thrilled to have her on the team!

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If you’re registered with a party, don’t forget to vote today in the primaries. For more information about candidates some great resources to check out include the League of Women Voters Metropolitan Tulsa and the Tulsa City County Library has put together a fantastic voter resource page as usual found here. Polls are open 7 am- 7pm. To find your voting precinct, click here. You have no excuse now!

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