Oilfield Helping Hands was started in 2003 by several Halliburton Baroid employees in Houston when they organized a sporting clays tournament to benefit a fellow employee whose family savings had been depleted by several serious and expensive surgeries and other medical problems. The event was such a huge success that the group decided to continue their efforts.
OHH registered as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit charitable organization in 2003, and since then has gained momentum as word spread of the assistance that the group provides to oilfield families. OHH has grown from one small sporting clays tournament that raised more than $24,500 to multiple chapters, each with fund-raising events of their own help annually. New members from operator and service companies are encouraged to join us. We have a three-level corporate member program, and we continue to welcome individual members at no cost.
We have chapters in Houston (greater Houston and surrounding counties), Oklahoma (covering the whole state), Acadiana (22 parishes in southern Louisiana), Rocky Mountain (Colorado, Utah and Wyoming), Permian (West Texas and eastern New Mexico), and South Texas (covering all of South Texas). We are working to expand and open chapters in all areas of the United States that have an active oilfield community.
We raise money through corporate memberships, donations and annual fund-raising events. The Houston chapter has five events: fun pistol shoot, spring and fall sporting clays, saltwater fishing tournament and a golf tournament. Oklahoma has a spring golf tourney in Tulsa and a fall clay shoot in Oklahoma City. Acadiana hosts a clay shoot each spring in the Lafayette area. Our Rocky Mountain chapter holds four events each year: OHH Night at Coors Field, spring motor cycle rally, fall sporting clays tourney and Bowling and Billiard Bash in December. Our newest chapters, Permian and South Texas, are in the planning stages for events in 2016.
We have many sponsors for each event who donate money, services and items for door prizes and auctions so expenses for each event are kept to the low to maximize financial support for oilfield families.
The funds we raise are given, based on need, to members of the oilfield family. In order to qualify for financial assistance, the recipient must live and/or work within the designated territory of the chapters, or work for one of our many corporate members. The applicant must be sponsored by an active OHH member, and 75 percent of the applicant’s current income must be derived from the exploration and production side of the oilfield.
Be a part of our history and help us continue to help many more oilfield families in the future!