The Rotary Club of Oklahoma City announced a series of holiday contributions totaling $20,000 to several area nonprofit organizations. Recipients included The Homeless Alliance, Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, Positive Tomorrows, and Catholic Charities who are all serving our city’s most vulnerable citizens. Also supported were SSM St. Anthony Hospital Foundation, INTEGRIS Foundation, Mercy Health Foundation Oklahoma City, and OU Medicine Office of Philanthropy to thank and support the medical workers in the COVID-19 units.  
 
Patrick Raglow, executive director of Catholic Charities, said, “The fact that Rotary finds ways to serve the community in ways large and small, in ways known and unknown, really is a gift and a blessing. We at Catholic Charities are thrilled to accept this contribution, especially when so many are in need.”
 
These contributions were made possible by the savings accrued from reduced meeting attendance due to the pandemic and the shift to a virtual format temporarily. Former Governor David Walters and CEO of Walters Power International, 2020-2021 President of Rotary Club of Oklahoma, said, “As members of this historic Rotary Club we are so fortunate to have this opportunity to help others.  Throughout our 111-year history Rotary Club of Oklahoma City members have been generous, but this club has especially risen to the challenge of this pandemic and opened their hearts for those in need.”
 
In addition to the direct contributions, the club has established a $15,000 matching grant fund, “Helping Hands”, to encourage their membership to support their Oklahoma City-based nonprofits of choice. The fund will match dollar-for-dollar charitable contributions by their club members and was established under the leadership of club president elect Jerrod Shouse. Shouse, president of Shouse Consulting, said, “The Helping Hands fund has been a great new opportunity for our members. It has allowed them to partner with the club and double the impact of their personal donations to nonprofits down the stretch this holiday season.”
 
Rotary Club of Oklahoma City has just concluded a record-setting annual drive which will primarily benefit the Rainbow Fleet Early Childhood Education center and an Oklahoma City Public Schools free book program which exceeded $105,000.  Combined with the holiday contributions and the Helping Hands program, Rotary Club of Oklahoma City will have a $160,000 impact in our community this holiday season as it continues to strive to be a club focused on “service above self.”