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.