This past summer, a group of YP volunteers donated a weekend to the Willow Springs Boys Ranch in rural Oklahoma. The team assisted with the construction of two new cabins that will be used to house overnight campers at the ranch’s campgrounds. YPs from all over central Oklahoma showed up to build the two structures’ outside frameworks. Revenue from the cabins generates funds for the Boys Ranch, a long-term residential facility in which orphaned and abandoned boys as young as 7 are cared for. The children can live on the ranch until they graduate from high school, obtain their GED (high school equivalency diploma), or participate in an independent living program after graduation.
The Oklahoma City (OKC) SPE YP Chapter also raised more than USD 10,000 for the ranch with its fifth annual OKC YP Oilfield Mardi Gras Gala and Silent Auction. This event has grown each year since its inception, with 2011 attendance reaching 110 and 28 companies donating. The gala serves a dual purpose: It is a great opportunity for YPs to network and get to know the industry’s more seasoned professionals, and, more importantly, to serve the local community that does so much to support the oil and gas industry. SPE members, friends, and participating companies have contributed several play days and volunteer work at the ranch and raised more than USD 30,000 for the ranch in the last 3 years.