Association for Computing Machinery volunteers with Feed My Sheep
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Association for Computing Machinery volunteers with Feed My Sheep

Published 10/11/17

Trenton Morgan

TNE Writer

Feed My Sheep is an organization that feeds Tahlequah community members in need. Feed My Sheep began about six years ago and is operated entirely through volunteer work and donations. It takes nearly 60 people to run the organization and NSU’s Association for Computer Machinery chapter plans to help.

Feed My Sheep started service on July 14, 2011, after five months of planning. It started with volunteers from five local churches wanting to do more to match the needs for the hungry and for the community. Soon after, other churches and faith traditions became involved. Partnerships then formed with other local entities, including NSU, and Feed My Sheep evolved into a community organization.

“The current thing that we wanted to do is that we not only wanted to provide a meal, but we wanted to provide community,” said Janet Stucky, Feed My Sheep coordinator. “We see that the community has built because now we have to hurry and set up. We don’t serve until 5 p.m., but people start coming at 4 p.m. because they want to come and sit down and visit with the friends they’ve made at Feed My Sheep. It has just been a joy working with the volunteers because they’re so enthusiastic about coming and serving. They really want to share what they have with others, and then it has been great to watch guests receive their giving.”

The First Methodist Church in Tahlequah tries to portray FMS as more of a restaurant rather than a soup kitchen. The Activity Center is changed from a basketball court to a restaurant and back to a basketball court every Thursday. Volunteers and guests wear name tags and talk to each other using first names, and they do their best to serve guests in a way that many of the guests may not get to experience often.

“Anyone can volunteer,” said Hannah Barlow, Claremore senior. “I choose to volunteer at FMS because I feel like I am making a positive difference in the world. The other volunteers and coordinators are such kind and selfless people. Everyone always has a smile on their face. FMS volunteers and coordinators make a point to make the people they serve feel welcome, respected and special.”

ACM is an organization geared towards computer science students. The group works to connect people within the major and allow them to have relationships within a technology-based field. The ACM chapter has been working for higher involvement on campus and in the community.

Darien Calicott, ACM president, said ACM consists mostly of computer science majors who are not always too active in the community. She wants them to know that they are not going to college to simply earn a degree but are going to advance technology and to assist others in many aspects of their life. Technology brings solutions and a higher quality of living, so she believes it is important for ACM to be exposed to the hardships people face.

“I have worked with FMS before many times in the past and it was always a great experience,” said Calicott. “Each volunteer has a servant's heart and the organization is well constructed. I wanted to expose ACM to this type of environment. Our mission is to create an atmosphere that will provide peer interaction, academic support, service and exposure to various career opportunities.”

ACM has a LAN party on the last Friday of every month. ACM will have a Halloween party and a costume contest on Oct 27. They are also having a Magic: The Gathering tournament and raffle and making Veterans Day cards in November.

For more information about ACM, email Calicott at

FMS is from 5 - 6 p.m. every Thursday in the First Methodist Church Activity Center.

For more information about FMS, call Stucky at 918-931-2245.

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