Partners in Service: Habitat for Humanity & Catalina Rotary Club Tucson
By Andrew O’Sullivan

When I joined the Catalina Rotary Club of Tucson, AZ in January 2021, I had a purpose in mind: I wanted to be more involved and give back to the community I love.

Because COVID restrictions were in place, Catalina Rotary used Zoom to allow my fellow members and me to meet virtually. However, when we eventually returned to in-person visits, I saw the club and its members come to life in a different, more compelling way. I was soon invited to join the Service Project Committee and I happily agreed.

During a recent committee meeting, we chose Habitat for Humanity as a potential service partner. The committee was very enthusiastic about the possibility of working with Habitat. As a new member, I was excited to be part of such a great project for our club and the committee asked me to set up an event.

Saturday, Jan. 21, 2022, dawned with a winter chill in the air. Six Catalina Rotarians, including myself, arrived at 7am at a Habitat build site in Marana ready for work! We were suited up with “personalized” hard hats, safety goggles and gloves. We were briefed on safety procedures along with the “Why” we were all there to help build these houses. What really stood out was that these homes were “…not a hand-out but a helping hand up.” The future occupants of these homes not only buy the home, but are also required to volunteer 1500 hours with Habitat, including the hours of hands-on construction.

This effort was food for my soul, fuel for my passion to give back to my community, and proof that I had joined the right organization. It was great to see my fellow Rotarians offer their help and enthusiastically jump into action.

Catalina Rotary Tucson really is a club of people who are here to “have fun and get stuff done!”

Catalina Rotary Club Tucson members helping out Habitat for Humanity