After an EF4 tornado swept through St. Clair County in April 2011, the Chief of the Shoal Creek Valley Volunteer Fire Department found himself and his work truck upside down in the Coosa River. As one of the first-responders to fire and disaster, he knew he needed to help others, but this vehicle as well as the fire department and its remaining vehicles were heavily damaged.
No matter the challenge, he and the other survivors in this close-knit community did what they always do – they reached out to help one another. Thanks to generous donors to the Community Foundation and other funders of the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee, they did not have to take on this tremendous job alone.
A Community Foundation grant joins other dollars raised in the community so that the Shoal Creek Valley VFD can build back better than ever. Still staffed by volunteers – people helping each other – the fire department soon will be ready for the next emergency.
The needs in Shoal Creek Valley are great, both for individuals and families rebuilding and repairing their homes and for community services like the fire department. With your gift to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund, you can be part of bridging those gaps.
And if you make that gift on Feb. 2 through the Alabama Gives Day website, you can be part of making history in our state’s first 24-hour day of giving.