When the artists, fans and friends of Alabama, the band, committed to help the people of Alabama, the state, they did it in a big way, raising $2.1 million for tornado recovery at a benefit concert in June 2011. With a new round of grants announced December 15, 2011, a total of $1.75 million has been awarded from the Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham to help individuals, families and communities.
The fourth round of grants awarded $818,000 to 20 counties and will assist an estimated 196 families in returning to a home of their own as well as to rebuild a volunteer fire department and create a community storm shelter.
“In many cases, the families are doing so much of the rebuilding work themselves, with the help of friends, neighbors, and volunteers,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives for the Community Foundation. “These grants help families fill the remaining gaps, whether it is materials for flooring, shingles for a roof or a replacement heating unit.”
Learn more about tornado recovery efforts through the Community Foundation or about the Bama Rising Fund. Or read this press release for a complete list of the grants: Bama Rising121511
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