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You can help coastal communities affected by oil spill

May 10, 2010

As we watch oil move east from its source in a rig explosion off the coast of Louisiana, it’s easy to feel helpless or wonder what one person can do. Thanks to community foundations along the Gulf Coast, you have several choices.

The Community Foundation of South Alabama in Mobile is accepting donations to the Disaster
Relief Fund to provide catastrophe assistance to the coastal communities of South
Alabama that are being impacted by this oil drilling disaster. Mail your check to The Community Foundation of South Alabama, P.O. Box 990, Mobile, AL 36601-0990 or go on-line.

To focus your gift along the Louisiana coast, especially Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and lower Jefferson Parishes, you can give to the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund established by the Greater New Orleans Foundation. This fund will meet immediate needs and help strengthen coastal communities against future environmental catastrophes.

In Florida, the Pensacola Environmental Relief Fund has been established by the Greater Escambia Community Foundation to support nonprofit agencies engaged in first-response work to help the communities most affected by the oil spill in Escambia and Santa Rosa counties. In addition to help in immediate cleanup, the fund will assist in long-term recovery work that is critical to the wildlife and coastal communities.

You can mail your check to The Greater Escambia Community Foundation, 17 West Cedar Street, Suite 3, Pensacola, FL 32502 and note Environment on your check, or go to the foundation’s website.

Away from the coast, the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee is responding to another water-related disaster. In the face of widespread flooding, the Community Foundation activated its Metro Nashville Disaster Response Fund and Tennessee Emergency Response Fund. As an official partner with the Nashville Mayor’s Office of Emergency Management, the Community Foundation accepts financial contributions for flood relief through the Metro Nashville fund.

Donations to flood relief efforts in Tennessee can be made online.

It’s good to know that your Community Foundation also has an Emergency Response Fund, used in the past to support Hurricane Katrina evacuees and survivors of tornadoes in the western part of our community.

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