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Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund open for long-term relief across state

April 30, 2011

After talking with community foundations across the state, we have set up the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to accept gifts that will focus on long-term recovery in all communities impacted by the April 27 tornadoes. It is so moving to see the generosity that is already pouring out to the Red Cross and other first responders. This new fund allow people to give to long-term support after those immediate needs are answered.

“We will work with other community foundations serving all these areas to effectively deploy these additional resources that will be needed for long-term recovery,” said Community Foundation president Kate Nielsen. “The choice to house the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund at the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham follows a model used by community foundations in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.”

In some communities, the community foundation itself may be small, so we can help by passing on dollars where they are most needed. We also will focus on our own region — Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair, Walker and Blount counties — through the Emergency Response Fund which was set up in the wake of the F5 tornado in 1998.

So that’s two choices for long-term relief — give across the state to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund and we will distribute those resources among the nine community foundations serving all the affected areas. Or give locally through those community foundations or through the Emergency Response Fund that serves Greater Birmingham needs.

Looking for the community foundation serving a certain part of the state? Use this link. Want to give to one of these two funds? Use the Donate Now button on our website.

And remember also the agencies that serve as first responders, especially Red Cross Mid Alabama Region, Salvation Army, United Way of Central Alabama and Hands On Birmingham.

6 Comments leave one →
  1. Tara permalink
    October 21, 2011 1:11 am

    I am a year 6 student in Geelong in Victoria, AUS. My name is Tara and I am doing a project on Tornadoes. My group and I are thinking of putting on a fundraiser and were wondering if this was the right foundation to do it for


  2. Rosie Luna permalink
    November 15, 2011 9:24 am

    My house was hit by one of the tornados on April 27th, while myself and two (2) cats remained inside. I was amazed how quickly the First Responders got on the scene asking if everyone was alright. Then a few days later as we tried to remove what was salvageable, there was the community post where we could go for water, food, clothes, etc. Then they asked if I needed any help???? Yes, Yes, I said. There were trees everywhere in my yard; if someone could come w/a chainsaw and help to cut these trees, that would be Wonderful. After giving them my address, they showed up and started cutting up the trees. The community really came together to help out our street which was practically demolished. We have decided to rebuild our house and today, November 15, 2011, we are about one (1) month away from completion. But, w/o the help of the First Responders and community posts, we would never have gotten this far. I would like to Thank Each And Every One that helped out in Harvest, Alabama on April 27th, 2011.

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