Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

 
$110,671
$39,329
Raised
Remaining
Mar 11, 2013

Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund was established on May 6, 2011 to assist our partner community foundations
serving regions impacted by the devastating tornadoes of 2011. The fund raised a total of $101,523, which supported communities in both Alabama and Missouri. 

In Joplin Missouri,161 people died as a result of the storm. Nearly 1,000 were injured. It was the
deadliest tornado to occur in the United States since 1947. In Alabama, an outbreak of twisters resulted in 248 deaths and 1,700 injuries in 43 counties.  Because thousands of homes and businesses were destroyed in an instant, the number of people displaced or suddenly jobless was staggering. Because the winds brought down
trees and power lines, basic utilities were devastated. Even many of those whose homes were still standing were without power or phone service.

To date, the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has supported

  • individual and family recovery needs (such as home repairs, rebuilds, and furnishing) and case management and construction coordination
  • mobilization of over 100,000 volunteers to help sticken communities recover
  • the rebuilding of two volunteer fire departments (one with community shelter), a playground, community meeting space, affordable housing projects
  • community planning which has resulted in the release of billions of federal recovery dollars
  • rebuilding and restoring infrastructure in Joplin, MO
  • unmet recovery needs (roofing repairs) and case management support
  • enhancing disaster preparedness through improved warning and safety measure

Your support of the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has had an even greater impact: it has allowed these  communities to rebuild in state-of-the-art, more sustainable ways.  For example, the “Tuscaloosa Forward” rebuilding plan is creating a showpiece of unique neighborhoods that are healthy, safe, accessible, connected, and sustainable all anchored by village centers for shopping (in a local economy that struggles to sustain current shopping centers). And Joplin has partnered with Greensburg GreenTown (a nonprofit serving similarly tornado-impacted Greensburg Kansas) and has launched GreenTown Joplin, to help Joplin recover as sustainably as possible, and serve
as a model for other communities.  The initial focus is “green” buildings which can save businesses, homeowners, and renters substantial amounts of money. 

Like New Orleans post-Katrina, these communities are transforming themselves into vibrant and resilient places to live.      

Oct 4, 2012

Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has provided a total of $101,311 to help families in Alabama and Missouri rebuild their lives.  These grants provide case management, medical treatment, appliances, furniture, legal aid, senior citizen services, childcare, transportation, and therapy. Most importantly, the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund helps rebuild lives by providing materials to repair or build homes, storm shelters, storage sheds, and accessible housing for individuals with disabilities.

These grants have been leveraged by the support of volunteers. For example, more than 150,000 volunteers came to Joplin and Duquesne, Missouri after the tornado to help with relief and recovery in projects such as thethe Joplin Area Habitat for Humanity, which gives many families a place to call home. The Cook family was among those
families that received a Habitat home and storm shelter.

Chris and Carrie Cook and their sons, Zachary and Aidan, lived in an apartment before the tornado. Being selected for a Habitat house was “a dream come true” for their family. They received a permanent home to personalize, do homework, eat supper, and enjoy spending time together.

We never thought we were going to have a house to ourselves. The boys would always ask me, ‘Mom, why can’t we paint our room?’… I had to explain to them that we couldn’t do that because we lived in an apartment. We have been so very blessed through the storms. You can’t imagine the blessings we’ve had.


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Apr 23, 2012

Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund was established on May 6, 2011 to assist our partner community foundations serving regions impacted by the devastating tornadoes of 2011. To date, the fund has raised $101,205.

Tornadoes that struck Shoal Creek Valley, Alabama left clear evidence of the loss to this St. Clair County Community.  The April storms hit two area fire stations hard, damaging a truck and buildings, and destroying almost all the gear used by the volunteers who serve the community as firefighters and medical first responders. Support from the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has not only helped families rebuild, but has assisted Shoal Creek Fire and Rescue in getting back to full strength.  This is just one example of what the tornado recovery funds have been able to do thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

Talking to residents of Joplin, it’s clear that the events of May 22, 2011, are deeply personal. Of course the hurt starts with the loss of life; more than 160 residents gone in the minutes of the tornado and the days and weeks that followed.  But the second cut, unbelievably cruel in its own way, was the loss of thousands upon thousands of homes. With the destruction of a huge swath of the city came the loss of any sense of place for those who lost their houses and possessions. Landlords debated whether it was even worth rebuilding; available housing became scarce; citizens relocated to other towns. Simply finding a place to start was an overwhelming proposition.  Funding from the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund is helping to rebuild this devastated community.

To date, the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has supported

  • individual and family recovery needs (such as home repairs, rebuilds, and furnishing) and case management and construction coordination
  • vital equipment for the tornado damaged Shoal Creek, AL Volunteer Fire Department
  • rebuilding and restoring infrastructure in Joplin, MO 
  • unmet recovery needs (roofing repairs) and case management support
  • Enhancing disaster preparedness through improved warning and safety measures

This is part of a strategic approach to tornado recovery that includes working with other funders and partners locally and statewide and supporting individual and family recovery.  With our partner organizations, we will continue to work together to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors, needs that we expect to continue for months and perhaps years to come.

Dec 22, 2011

Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund was established on May 6, 2011 to assist our partner community foundations serving regions impacted by the devastating tornadoes of 2011. To date, the fund has raised $34,849. 

Tornadoes that struck Shoal Creek Valley, Alabama left clear evidence of the loss to this St. Clair County Community.  The April storms hit two area fire stations hard, damaging a truck and buildings, and destroying almost all the gear used by the volunteers who serve the community as firefighters and medical first responders. Support from the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has not only helped families rebuild, but has assisted Shoal Creek Fire and Rescue in getting back to full strength.  This is just one example of what the tornado recovery funds have been able to do thanks to the generosity of donors like you.

To date, the Victims of the Tornadoes Fund has supported

  • individual and family recovery needs (such as home repairs, rebuilds, and furnishing) and case management and construction coordination
  • vital equipment for the tornado damaged Shoal Creek Volunteer Fire Department
  • unmet recovery needs (roofing repairs) and case management support

This is part of a strategic approach to tornado recovery that includes working with other funders and partners locally and statewide and supporting individual and family recovery.  With our partner organizations, we will continue to work together to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of survivors, needs that we expect to continue for months and perhaps years to come.

Aug 17, 2011

Victims of the Tornadoes Fund

Community Revitalization
Community Revitalization

The Victims of the Tornadoes Fund was established on May 6, 2011 to assist our partner community foundations serving regions impacted by the devastating tornadoes of 2011.  To date, the fund has raised $23,783.

The Greater New Orleans Foundation will be distributing funds to the Community Foundation for West Alabama and the Community Foundation of Souhtwest Missouri for short-term emergency relief.  More importantly, GNOF will share its expertise in disaster recovery from Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005 and the BP Oil Catastrophe in 2010 to help these foundation establish long-term strategies to cope with current and future tornadoes.  This includes our knowledge and those of our 22 local and national foundations who participate in the Community Revitalization Fund, a 5-year $25 million initiative which is bringing the housing stock lost during Hurricane Katrina in smarter and more equitable ways.  We will also share our policy and advocacy work which aims not only to restore communities, including housing, but to build back more resilient communities.         

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Josephine Everly

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New Orleans, LA United States

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