Our own member Barbara McClure, Executive Director of IMPACT of Southern Arizona (center left), spoke to our club on 7 Mar 2024 about the work of IMPACT, and along with Tina Bommarito (left) of IMPACT, received a check for $4,000 from the Oro Valley Rotary Foundation and the BNI 6FigureSuccess Fashion Fundraiser from Rotarians Emily Erickson (center right) and Club President Linda Stratton (right).  IMPACT's mission is "To empower Southern Arizonans with the resources required to pursue a stabilized and enhanced quality of life." 
Barbara spoke of the many ways that IMPACT is involved in the lives of area people and families to help them become more self-sufficient.
  • The number of people and families being served has doubled since the beginning of COVID.
  • Clients in over 50 different area zip codes are being served. In addition to clients from Pima county support is being given to families in the “Copper Corridor” north to Mammoth, in Pinal county.
  • In addition to the USDA once monthly emergency small supply of staples, Impact provides many other staples and nutritious foodstuffs. Also, clothing and necessities, books and small toys, are provided by our interact club for children who visit Impact.
Barbara shared the story of a mother who was able to provide a missed birthday party to her two teenaged boys when she found a birthday cake available at the Impact food bank, to which Barbara was able to add two remote controlled vehicles from a supply of donated items and resulting in a great day for a deserving family.  Story by Amos Meyers

Our Canyon del Oro Interact Club collected toys and games for IMPACT, which were given to Barbara after the meeting. 
To view IMPACT's website, click HERE