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We love our volunteers!  They are the heart of Joy In The Cause!  There are many ways to become involved!


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Take a look at how many ways you can become involved!


The new “Sowing Room” now open!

Taking Ground for those in need: Sowing seeds of love: Reaping a harvest of JOY!

Meet the Director of The Sowing Room!

LaVeta Owens


Put your creativity to work in this amazing new “Sowing Room”” creating outfits for the stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs. We create individual outfits for each one. Every dog has an volunteer-sewingembroidered bandana with Mavis Pearl’s name, a tutu, and a bow. Some volunteers sew special outfits for special requests that are given. Some even crochet outfits! We have volunteers who make prayer quilts, hats….the possibilities are endless!

We are always in need of those who can embroider bandanas. Each dog is unique, and created with tender loving care. We send these little dogs off with a blessing and a prayer. Think you don’t have any creativity? Making a tutu is very easy! There is no sewing involved! We can walk you through step by step with a video that shows you how.





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We have hundreds of Mavis Pearl dogs that goes out monthly.  That volunteer orientation group pic nancymeans we are busy making tutus, bandanas, and outfits that go on each dog.  Many people have tutu making parties!  Businesses, youth groups, schools and many organizations are forming groups to help make these tutus and outfits.  And students, you can earn your service hours too!  Are you interested in making these tutus?  Are you a great hair bow maker?  Can you embroider?  We need you!  It is through our volunteers that we have been able to see over 38,000 Mavis Pearl dogs leave our door fully dressed in tutus and outfits… to bring smiles.  Our new Sowing Room is open and the Mavis dogs are being created faster than ever!  It’s a FUN place to be!



The Purpose Project

Do you have a passion to help our senior heroes?  Many times nursing home visits are
few and far between for many facilities in the area. We want to change that.   It is our goal to form adoptions of these facilities from many of the volunteers who are helping Joy In The Cause.  Businesses, Youth Groups, and Organizations are jumping on board to make monthly visits to facilities.  From decorating the Mavis Dogs that are delivered to being a volunteer who adopts a facility.  You will love what happens as you pay it forward with these amazing residents in need of a smile.  Janet Varnell and Erica Campbell are your Purpose Project Directors.




Joy in the Adventure

Joy In The Adventure was created to encourage families to find joy in
the adventure of life after losing a loved one. The loss of a loved one can pull families in a multitude of directions. We are here to fellowship and encourage families in their healing process and helping families find joy!  We will soon be starting Camp JOY!  This means many opportunities for volunteers!  If you like games, activities, helping with camp activities and having FUN, this may be the project for you!  Heather Yates is the JITA coordinator!


Military & Veterans Committee

coffee bunker ice cream bar CUTE allThis committee is involved in helping our soldiers and our veterans!  Weimg_3867 have adopted the Oklahoma Veteran’s Center in Claremore and plan activities at the Coffee Bunker to support our veterans.  From getting a wii bowling team with the veterans or arts and crafts.  The sky is the limit and the need is great and SO appreciated by these heroes.  We recently made a one on one visit with Mavis Pearl dog deliveries for each veteran, the month of July.  We also send out care packages to our troops.  Some Mavis dogs have been all over the world with our soldiers, bringing a piece of “HOME” and a reminder we are supporting them!  Brandon Lundsford and Donna Kramer are the Military Committee Leaders.



We have fundraisers throughout the year and we are always needing gala headbandsvolunteers to help.  Whether it is a bunco event, or a benefit dinner, you will love being a part of it all.  We could not hold these events without our volunteers!  We have our big benefit dinner April 21, 2017 in the works, A 5K run May 12, 2017, and many events in between!  If you are interested in helping with any of these, we need you!  Our events are such a FUN and EXCITING time!

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HOPE Visits

Joy In The Cause makes monthly visits to facilities around the area. Fromkeri-patient-visit1 Hospitals, to Hospice Centers, to Home visits….they are visits that bring just that…HOPE! We deliver stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs and care packages to patients.  The facility list is growing weekly and the need for help growing with it!  If you have a compassionate heart to spread love and joy to those in need of some hope, this is for you!  These visits are truly life changing for all involved.  Jodi Letteer is your Hope Visit Director.





Office Work

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Testimonials From Volunteers

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I LOVE being part of JITC. I started out making tutus and absolutely loved it! It may seem like such a small part, but when you step back and look at the big picture, you quickly realize how very important it is. Each & every Mavis dog is unique. They are all dressed and accessorizedby hand with love & care! I’m an oncology nurse at Tulsa Cancer Institute.

I find myself thinking about the patients as I sit and quietly make tutus. It is impossible for me to make them and not think about the incredible warriors that will be receiving these precious dogs. With the placement of each piece of tulle, loving thoughts & prayers are being said for the patients, their loved ones, and their families.   So much love goes into each and every one of these little dogs.

I am so incredibly blessed to be part if this amazing group!! So many friendships are formed and special bonds develop. There is so much love and Joy in the room, it is tangible. – Jodi Letteer



13975405_10207203686274912_681749355220849025_oWow is all I can say.  About a year ago we had a meeting at work. They told us some organization was going to come speak to us about what they do and said First Mortgage was going to be one of their sponsors. Little did I know how that morning meeting would change my life! The organization that came was “Joy In The Cause” and the speaker was Lisa Bain. I was so touched by her story, her mission, her passion and her Joy. Several of us have become Joy In The Cause volunteers. I cannot tell you how my life and how I look at life has changed. Joy In The Cause gave me an award last night. I am still in shock. Me? Award? WOW! Lisa words she said about me say I have bloomed and changed. She is right, I have and it is all because of the blessing I get from working with this amazing organization! I am so honored, Lisa. Thank you to you, Skipper, and everyone at JITC!! I love you all!  – Janet Varnell



kristyYesterday, the girls and I visited our second nursing home with Joy in the Cause. They loved our first Purpose Project visit and asked to go again before school starts, so off we went. The smiles those girls bring to the residents faces makes my heart happy!
We met a woman who used to own a clothing store, high-fived one of the sweetest gentlemen there, and saw stern faces light up when they were given a Mavis Pearl dog and told that they were loved. Simple pleasures. Big smiles. Hearts changed. It only takes one act of kindness to make a difference in this world. Go … do your part my friends!  Kristy Morrison.



Oh the Joy my heart feels when I get to give back…. my joy, my happiness, my fulfillment comes when I amjennifer robinson connecting, helping, giving…. Thank you Lisa Bain for all of the JOY you spread! Thank you for a fun night tonight at the Volunteer Appreciation Night!  May our Military Committee touch more Veterans & Families than we can imagine….much love.  – Military Committee Chair: Jennifer Robinson




missy1A couple years ago, I went to a get-together at my precious friend Teresa’s home and met Lisa Jernigan Bain and little Mavis Pearl. I spent the evening listening to story after story, in tears – some of sadness some of happiness.
I prayed for God to show me what I can do to bless others through JITC. It didn’t take long before I was knee-deep in gala plans and it has been a party ever since!
I am blessed and humbled by Lisa, the JITC board members and volunteers who bring so much JOY to so many.
I am so honored to be a part of the JITC team!  Missy B.


shellyAbout a year ago I walked into a meeting, having no idea what was in store.
Lisa opened up the meeting in prayer.  I bowed my head and tears just running down my cheeks, I knew I was where I was supposed to be. After the meeting I shared my story with Lisa. I told her I just needed some Joy back in my life. It’s been a year of visits to people in need, dressing dogs, hugs, events , fundraising and oh yes those Joy Jumps.
I knew I was where God wanted me to be. I am so blessed to be a part of JITC.  Shelly T.



Alyssa Ebersole

One of the best things about Joy In The Cause is that it doesn’t focus on one type of illness! It has brought my family and the International Order Of The Rainbow For Girls so much joy! Watching the miracles and smiles that come from the stuffed Mavis Pearl dogs is heartwarming. Joy In The Cause is an infectious organization, once you start helping you can’t stop! The best part of helping with JITC is knowing that whatever you do is helping someone else, even if it’s just making a tutu you have helped someone else have a happier day!

I had never given a stuffed Mavis Pearl dog before, until my grandma had a stroke. I went to visit her and had planned to buy flowers, but I wanted to give her something that not everyone else was giving, so I brought a Mavis Pearl stuffed dog with me. This little dog worked miracles for my sweet grandma. She had no movement in her left side. While she was asleep she started wrapping her fingers around the back of the dog.  We had to video just to show the nurse!  The dog never made it far from her, she loved it so much.  Grandma named it Lucy because she couldn’t say Mavis! Everyone who came in the room saw the this little Mavis dog and heard the story.  Not only did the dog bring my grandma joy, it brought joy to my heart to see how much it helped my sweet Grandma. – Alyssa Ebersole

Jana Solitario

Through social media, God led me to a beautiful girl named Mavis Pearl, and shortly after, Joy in the Cause and Lisa Bain.  What an amazing organization ~ touching peoples lives that are in need. This incredible team of volunteers has such love and passion to make Joy in the Cause successful!  It’s an honor to “give back” and at the same time, make precious friendships!  God is grand! – Jana Solitario

Christine Laudati

Volunteering with JITC has provided me with a meaningful way to share what I love to do with others. I believe in what JITC stands for and to be a part of such a loving and committed group of people is an honor. There are many different organizations to dedicate your time to, but this one stands out to me above all others. It is the genuine love and concern for others that is beyond moving…‘Because YOUR cause Matters! – Christine Laudati