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How to support disaster recovery
By The Community Foundation / August 28, 2017
How to support disaster recovery

The devastation of the 2017 hurricane season and the destruction of wild fires in the Pacific Northwest is far-reaching. Lives and communities are forever changed. While rescue efforts and emergency response are underway, we know from past disasters that recovery efforts will span years.

If you would like to support response and recovery efforts, we have compiled a list of trusted partners who will put your resources to work in the areas that need it most.

Emergency Response

Emergency response addresses immediate needs like food, water and medical care.

  • American Red Cross – The agency is on the ground ito provide shelter, ready-to-eat meals, comfort kits, cleaning supplies and blood supply to those affected by the storm.
  • Salvation Army – The Salvation Army has deployed mobile kitchens and food boxes to help feed storm victims and first responders. They are working closely with state and local emergency management officials and positioning disaster leadership teams across the disaster zone.
  • Tips for Volunteers - Our partner organization, HandsOn Greater Richmond, posted information to help guide individuals on the best ways to respond in a disaster. Click on the link for more details.

Mid-term to Long-term Recovery

Recovery efforts not only address needs that emerge once news coverage wanes, such as safe drinking water and transitional shelter, but also long-term initiatives that address chronic social and environmental challenges.  

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the fund in partnership with the Foundation to support immediate and longer-term recovery efforts in the Greater Houston region. If you have ties to another town affected by the storm, we can help connect you to the community foundation serving that area.

  • Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund

    The Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund initially was seeded by the Puerto Rico Community Foundation and has been strengthened through donations made possible by community foundations, private foundations and individuals. The Fund is providing grants to communities impacted by hurricanes Irma and Maria through the community first responders: the community-based organizations actively working with the must vulnerable populations, especially the elderly and families with infants and children.

  • Sonoma County Resilience Fund

    In response to the devastating fires in Northern California, Community Foundation Sonoma County has created a Resilience Fund for the recovery and rebuild phases of this disaster.

Natural disasters often lead to independent or fraudulent fundraising efforts. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of our Philanthropic Services team at 804-330-7400 if you wish to discuss a particular donation or grant recommendation.

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