The Bama Rising Fund of the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham is awarding an additional $340,000 to repair, rebuild and furnish homes for 75 families in 12 counties devastated by April 2011 tornadoes. With this third round of grants, this Advised Fund of the Community Foundation has awarded a total of $940,000 in 18 counties out of $2.1 million raised in a June 2011 benefit concert organized and headlined by the band ALABAMA. Current grants are:
- $100,000 to support rebuilding and repairing homes through the Cullman Long-Term Recovery Committee (LTRC), through a grant to United Way of Cullman County.
- $125,000 to support rebuilding, repairing and furnishing homes in the nine counties served by the Long-Term Recovery Committee of West Alabama (Tuscaloosa, Bibb, Fayette, Greene, Hale, Lamar, Marengo, Pickens and Sumter counties), through a grant to the Community Foundation of West Alabama.
- $100,000 to support rebuilding, repairing and furnishing homes with the assistance of volunteer labor, through a grant to United Way of East Central Alabama. Families were identified with pressing needs, including the elderly, single parents and families with special needs children, as part of a recent community assessment through the Calhoun County Long-Term Recovery Committee.
- $15,000 to rebuild homes through a grant to Habitat for Humanity of Morgan County, working with the Morgan County Long-Term Recovery Committee.
“It’s absolutely wonderful that the people have responded so rapidly and we can give back to the people that have lost so much. I love my home state, and most of all I love the spirit and determination of its people,” said Randy Owen of the band ALABAMA.
“Long Term Recovery Committees across the state are working to leverage grants from the Bama Rising Fund and other tornado recovery funds of the Community Foundation, using donated labor and materials whenever possible to serve as many families as possible,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives for the Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham.
With your gift to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund, you can join the generous artists who established the Bama Rising Fund and all the others who are making a difference for families and communities across our state. Needs are still great, so every gift counts.