With special thanks to a local Rotary Club, the Oklahoma Caring Foundation revealed a new Caring Van during a recent weekly meeting.
The van was funded by a $50,000 grant from Oklahoma City Rotary Club 29 and will provide more services to qualifying children in the Oklahoma City metro area.
The new vehicle will support the Caring Van staff in providing consistent, year-round services to child care centers, schools and community events throughout the state. The vehicle will serve the Oklahoma City metropolitan area and replace an 11-year-old van currently in operation.
The vans provide immunizations at locations easily accessible by families at various locations throughout the year.
Per state requirements, all Oklahoma children are required to be current on immunizations prior to child care or school entry, and the Caring Vans help families meet those requirements.
“We are humbled that Rotary Club 29 chose the Oklahoma Caring Foundation to receive such an incredible gift,” said Brooke Townsend, Caring Foundation manager. “With this new caring van, we will be able to continue to provide lifesaving vaccines to children in Oklahoma City.”
The Caring Van program has provided nearly 240,000 immunizations. It makes health care more accessible by eliminating the barriers of inconvenient clinic hours, long wait times, transportation and cost.
All Caring Van immunizations are administered by a registered nurse from the city/county health department at child care facilities, schools and community events. Each child’s immunization records are entered into the Oklahoma State Immunization Information System, where they remain portable.
The Oklahoma Caring Foundation is administered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Oklahoma. For more information, go to www.oklahomacaringfoundation.org.