FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Feb. 25, 2016
How to Help Those Affected by the Tornadoes in Virginia
RICHMOND, Va. — In Virginia communities struggling to respond to and recover from the recent tornadoes, an influx of unexpected or unrequested volunteers and donations can make the process of recovery even more difficult.
Financial support to voluntary agencies is often the best way to help. Cash is easier for organizations and agencies to manage; it can address a wide variety of needs, and can be quickly distributed to support those with critical needs. Cash also allows disaster agencies to purchase exactly what is needed.
The following voluntary organizations are currently supporting tornado relief in Virginia:
- American Red Cross
- Gleaning for the World
- Southern Baptist Convention of Virginia
- Baptist General Association of Virginia
- Virginia Conference of the United Methodist Church
- Team Rubicon
- Salvation Army
- Mennonite Disaster Services
- Mercy Chefs
- Or make a financial gift to the organization of your choice
The Virginia Department of Emergency Management and the Virginia Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters (Virginia VOAD) does not promote one charity over another. Financial gifts made to voluntary organizations, funds and foundations are managed and allocated by those entities. Virginia VOAD and the Commonwealth of Virginia are not involved in how voluntary organizations, funds and foundations manage or distribute financial contributions.
Virginia Disaster Relief Fund
The Virginia Disaster Relief Fund is a state-managed relief fund established to help Virginia residents who are impacted by disasters recover. This program is necessary because federal disaster is not a guarantee. Proceeds from the fund will be distributed as a grant to non-profits, faith-based organizations and local long-term recovery groups so those groups can aid individual households impacted by disasters.
Grants can be used for the following types of projects:
- Repair or rebuilding of uninsured/underinsured and uninhabitable owner-occupied dwellings.
- Assistance with transportation needs when a victim’s only vehicle was severely damaged or destroyed.
- Assistance in replacing essential household items, such as appliances and furnishings.
- Assistance for renters in establishing a new rental residence.
- Assistance with temporary living expenses while residence is being repaired or new rental residence identified.
Individuals can donate to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a check made payable to the Treasurer of Virginia with “Virginia Disaster Relief Fund” noted in the memo line. Checks should be sent to:
P.O. Box 1971
Richmond, VA 23218-1971
Individuals with unmet needs should contact their local emergency manager for assistance.