I know as the editor of Tulsa’s city magazine I am a bit biased in these sentiments. After all, every day much of my job is to tell the stories of Tulsans who are doing great things for their neighbors, the community and those in need.

This month we debut our inaugural Doing Good Awards. We received more than 130 nominations, and narrowing the field down to a mere 11 individuals was a daunting task. The editorial team pored over comments like, “The world and Tulsa would be a darker place without Deni Fholer,” whose nonprofit Isaiah 58, In His Service, assists those whose needs fall through the gaps of other social services. This is just one story. There are so many others.

Tulsans have a giving spirit, whether it’s through a simple 6-cent donation to the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma when we use our reusable shopping bags at Reasor’s, or donating food or books to a grassroots community effort. These simple ways to give back are highlighted in our feature.

There are so many ways to support our community. I encourage you to do your part this holiday season. It could be dropping a few coins into the Salvation Army kettle or giving your time at a local food pantry. It could mean donating a few items to the Youth Services of Tulsa Wish List or starting a small recurring donation to a local charity. Whatever it is, it’s appreciated. Numerous statistics point to Tulsa and its citizens as some of the most giving in the nation.

Along with doing your part for the community, I encourage you to do your civic duty this month and vote. On Nov. 12, Tulsans go to the polls to vote on the City of Tulsa’s Improve Our Tulsa streets and infrastructure program. It contains three ballot measures: funding for city streets and transportation systems; funding for public facility repairs, park improvements and other capital needs; and creating a standing Rainy Day fund allocation. Whether you agree or disagree on the plan, what we will vote on is the culmination of two years of planning and eight public meetings.

Let your voice be heard.

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