Oilfield Helping Hands (OHH) has established a fund to help with financial assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. The nonprofit charitable organization is comprised of volunteers who provide assistance to oilfield workers in crisis. OHH was founded in 2003 by several Halliburton Baroid employees in Houston when they organized a sporting clays tournament to help a fellow employee whose family savings had been depleted by several serious and expensive surgeries. The event was such a huge success the group decided to continue their efforts.
To be eligible for Hurricane Harvey assistance applicants must work for one of OHH’s corporate members or live and/or work within one of the areas covered by an OHH Chapter. Applicants must have a minimum of five years’ work experience in the exploration and production sector of the energy industry and 75% of their income must have been derived from that employment. OHH board members are committed to quickly reviewing and processing funding requests from qualified applicants to assist oilfield families in the Houston and surrounding areas as they rebuild their homes and lives. Applications can be completed at oilfieldhelpinghands.org.
OHH raises money through donations, corporate memberships and fundraising events. Annual events range from the fall and spring sporting clays tournament, which attracts recreational shooters and champions from around the country, the saltwater fishing tournament, and OHH’s annual golf tournament.
Since 2003 OHH has assisted hundreds of families, distributing more than $3.8 million in assistance through chapters in Houston, Oklahoma, Louisiana, the Rocky Mountains, the Permian Basin and South Texas. In 2015, OHH awarded $521,179 to 61 recipients. Corporate membership is key to achieving the financial goals that OHH relies on to support its mission.The organization’s platinum, gold and silver corporate members include companies such as Newfield, Anadarko, Samson Energy, Hunting, Sun Coast and Halliburton, just to name a few.
Event dates, donations, preferred partners, membership and sponsorship opportunities can be found on the organization’s website, www.oilfieldhelpinghands.org, email at firstname.lastname@example.org or calling 713-325-807.
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