AARP Oklahoma today announced another grant to help Oklahoma tornado victims – a $100,000 donation to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation to support mental health and case management services to those directly impacted by the devastating May tornadoes.
“Long-term recovery involves more than just brick and wood,” said AARP Oklahoma State Director Sean Voskuhl. “AARP is committed to helping those in need, especially in the critical areas of mental health, case management and transportation. We know that the traumatic events of the horrific tornadoes will take months, if not years to heal. That’s why AARP and AARP Foundation are pleased to make this $100,000 donation to the Oklahoma City Community Foundation so that victims can get the help they need.”
Nancy B. Anthony, president of the Oklahoma City Community Foundation, said money donated by AARP will help fund services and resources for anyone directly impacted by the tornadoes, including older Oklahomans, in Moore, south Oklahoma City, El Reno, Pottawatomie County and the Shawnee area.
“We are so very appreciative of the generosity of AARP, the AARP Foundation and the AARP members,” says Nancy B. Anthony, president, Oklahoma City Community Foundation. “This gift to our Tornado Recovery Fund will help us help meet the intermediate and long-term recovery needs of those directly impacted by the May tornadoes and flooding.”
This is the fourth of 11 grants AARP has announced to help tornado victims. AARP previously announced it is donating money from a specially-created tornado relief fund to the Baptist General Convention of Oklahoma, Rebuilding Together OKC and United Way of Pottawatomie County. Additional grants are being announced over the next several weeks.
Within hours of the May storms, AARP Foundation established an Oklahoma relief fund to support victims. AARP and AARP Foundation matched dollar-for-dollar contributions up to $300,000 resulting in a total of $673,000 raised from more than 6,000 people, Voskuhl said. All 11 organizations receiving grants have signed a letter of agreement and submitted a plan detailing how they will use funding to help storm victims. In addition, grantees have committed that 100% of funds will be used for direct assistance in Oklahoma and no portion will be used for administrative costs. Each organization will send a final report to AARP detailing the full expenditure of its grant money.
AARP continues to participate in long-term recovery committee meetings in Pottawatomie and Oklahoma/Cleveland counties.