|UNITED WAY REMEMBERS AND PLEDGES CONTINUED SUPPORT TO TORNADO SURVIVORS|
|Local News Headlines|
|Written by Administrator|
|Thursday, 19 April 2012 09:36|
We Remember and The Work Continues
It’s taken help from many resources to rebuild Rosalee Taylor’s home that was completely destroyed in the April 27 tornadoes. After using insurance money to pay off the mortgage on her destroyed home, she didn’t have enough to rebuild. She needed help to replace her home and she wanted to remain in her neighborhood in Pratt City. Her case is typical of the repair/rebuild projects submitted to United Way of Central Alabama for help.
Ms. Taylor’s home represents the 75th home that United Way has committed to help repair or rebuild since it began receiving requests in August 2011. With donations pledged through a telethon last May and major corporate support, United Way has provided recovery assistance to over 350 families.
On Thursday, April 12, at 9 a.m. United Way commemorated the community’s rebuilding efforts and offered hope for continued assistance at Rosalee Taylor’s new residence. Ms. Taylor was joined by Drew Langloh, United Way President, Board Chairman, Bill Jones along with other organizations and volunteers that played a role in replacing her home and many others like it.
“We want to say thank you to the donors across the U.S. who entrusted United Way to make sure their donations were used to help in the long-term recovery of survivors like Ms. Taylor,” said Langloh. “With the community’s help United Way will continue to fill in the recovery gap for more individuals and families after they exhausted federal, state and personal resources.”
“Today’s progress report is a message of hope,” said Bill Jones, board chairman. “We want to help more families and will continue to do so as long as resources are available.”
Donations and awards for long term recovery projects were also shared with other United Ways in Alabama and Long Term Recovery Committees (LTRCs) across the state. United Way of Central Alabama has committed over $2.2 million in funds to long-term recovery efforts. Of that, $1.17 million has been committed through the Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee (CALTRC) impacting families in Jefferson, Shelby, St. Clair and Blount counties.
The Central Alabama Long Term Recovery Committee is made up of organizations working together to address the needs of the community and individuals following a disaster. Organizations represented in the CALTRC include community, government and faith-based organizations which provide monetary and volunteer resources to meet spiritual, emotional and physical needs of survivors. Aside from United Way, funders in the CALTRC include: The Community Foundation of Greater Birmingham, The American Red Cross, Faith Chapel Christian Center, HERO, Lutheran Ministries, The Birmingham Jewish Federation and the UAB Educational Foundation. Organizations coordinating volunteer efforts include Habitat for Humanity, Hands On Birmingham, Christian Reformed Relief Committee and many other faith-based groups.
Since the first case was presented United Way in August 2011 United Way has participated in funding:
o 75 Home Repairs/ Rebuilds
o 23 Rent Assistance Requests
o 42 Utility Assistance Requests
o 6 Temporary Housing Requests
o 3 Furniture/Household Goods Requests
o 20 General Assistance Requests
o 23 Allocations to other United Ways and Long Term Recovery Committee
United Way of Central Alabama, Inc. supports over 80 health and human service programs and initiatives that provide solutions for the most important needs in the community. Our business is to improve lives and community conditions by building and mobilizing resources. For more information about United Way of Central Alabama or to make a donation to the disaster recovery fund visit www.uwca.org.