Just after Thanksgiving 2011, a line of cars filed down Hale County roads still dotted with destruction from the April tornadoes. At the end of the journey was hope in the form of a new home for a family in the rural community of Sawyerville, just outside Greensboro.
Generous people helped make this possible in partnership with the Community Foundation. Our grants in turn supported the efforts of people within the community who were already coming together and organizing their limited resources to do what they could to help one another.
“Rural areas like this one have fewer organizations already in place to provide assistance, but they did a great job of pulling together to help one another,” said Gus Heard-Hughes, Director of Initiatives and the Community Foundation’s key staffer working on tornado recovery. “Volunteers were already connected through the Episcopal Church and HERO (Hale Empowerment and Revitalization Organization), so Community Foundation grants could be used very effectively.”
You can still be part of successful rebuilding like the ones we celebrated on that special day last December with a gift to the Alabama Tornado Recovery Fund any time and especially on Feb. 2. That’s when Alabama Gives Day brings us all together to show the generous spirit that makes our state special, even in the hardest times.