Wednesday, Sep 13, 2017
Disaster Relief Funds Being Raised to
Assist Community Action
The National Community Action Partnership
would like to express its concern for the victims of Hurricane Irma,Hurricane Harvey, and Hurricane Maria. So many families have been impacted and we know that Community Action Agencies in the devastated areas are working hard to ensure their doors get and stay open to help those in need during this challenging time.
We know that FEMA, the American Red Cross, and other first responders are engaged in immediate- and large-scale recovery efforts and we support their important work. To complement their efforts, the Partnership has opened its online donor portal to raise funds to help staff of local Community Action Agencies get back on their feet so they are better able to meet the needs of their local community.
The Partnership will work with State Associations in the impacted areas to distribute funds raised to local agency staff who have gone through the hurricanes and have experienced the ramifications along with their neighbors. Local agency staff have lost homes, cars, appliances, furniture, family heirlooms, food supplies, and so much more. To be ready to help others, we need to make sure our team is as strong as possible.
Will you join us? You can donate to the effort via the Partnership's donation page here.
100% of the funds raised by the Partnership will be deployed through Community Action State Associations to local CAAs and their staff. Note that the donor portal we use, Network for Good, does charge a small fee to process donations. Donors have the option to cover that fee in their contribution. The State Associations will develop a process for application and fund-distribution that best meets the needs of the local agencies and their staff, balancing flexibility with accountability. We look forward to reporting back to you and all donors on how the funds were dispersed.
To donate money to help Community Action Agency staff who are struggling with the impact of the hurricanes, click here. You may donate to the full effort, or designate your contribution for Texas, Florida, or Puerto Rico.
If you have already donated money, thank you! We will circle back to you in the days to come to clarify this plan and give you the chance to designate if you so choose.
The Partnership board has agreed to contribute $15,000 dollars to this effort. The Partnership's goal throughout this process is to work closely with State Associations to see that dispersal to associations begins before the end of the month and continues as the funds allow through December. To learn more about Community Action Agencies in Texas, click here and in Florida, click here.