The tornadoes that swept through east Alabama on March 3 took the lives of at least 22 people and caused wide-spread damage in Lee County. We have been in touch with several agencies who are working in the area to determine both short- and long-term needs. Here are some ways you can help with relief and recovery. We will update this list as more information becomes available.
The Community Foundation of East Alabama’s Lee County Tornado Recovery Fund was established for donors seeking an official conduit to contribute monetarily to the recovery effort. Through this fund, the Community Foundation will meet the emergency unmet needs of Lee County residents who have suffered damage due to this natural disaster.
East Alabama Red Cross is providing shelter, food and water for families. They will also have mental health counselors available for families as they deal with loss. At this time, monetary donations will have the greatest impact.
United Way of Central Alabama has partnered with the United Way of Lee County to establish the Lee County Disaster Fund. The fund will provide resources and aid to those directly impacted by the tornadoes.
The Alabama Governor’s Emergency Relief Fund is a “fund of last resort” for unmet needs of families and individuals working to recover from disasters in our state. The United Ways of Alabama works with the state and other nonprofit partners to manage this fund.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services is the disaster relief arm of this charitable organization and is taking donations to provide relief in communities affected by the tornadoes.
You can find out more about helping with relief efforts by visiting one the nonprofit websites listed, or contact Sarah Edwards to find out more about how you can use a grant through your Advised Fund to make a difference.