Central Indiana Community Foundation has been contacted by our donors and other friends of the foundation about how they might be able to help following the recent natural disasters that have impacted residents in Marysville, Henryville and across Southern Indiana. Following is background information on the respective disasters, as well as organizations that are aiding in relief efforts.
There are many avenues available for any donor -- CICF or otherwise -- to pursue in order to help those in need. Below is a partial list of the organizations providing aid; please contact CICF Donor Services at 317.634.2423 for information regarding the best way to direct giving to those affected by the tornadoes. We will continue to provide any updates via our Web site.
The American Red Cross (www.redcross.org) advises that anyone who wants to help with storm relief in Indiana and other areas of the Midwest and South may make donations to support Red Cross Disaster Relief.
To contribute, visit their website, call (800) RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or text the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Contributions also may be sent to local Red Cross chapters or to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. The address for contributions to the Red Cross of Greater Indianapolis is 441 E. 10th St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.
The United Methodist Committee on Relief is accepting monetary donations. For more information, visit: www.umcor.org.
Salvation Army is providing food to hundreds of victims and emergency responders in southern Indiana. You can make a donation online at www.disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY. A $10 donation to The Salvation Army Disaster Relief fund can be made by texting "STORM" to 80888. To confirm the gift, respond with the word "YES".
The Clark County Red Cross has direct access and is using all contributions to help victims by providing immediate relief including food, clothing, and shelter.
• The YMCA Kids Square in Charlestown is providing child care for children ages months to 6 yrs.
• Clark County YMCA will provide school age child care for children ages 6-12, who are not able to attend Henryville Elementary and for parents who are not able to stay with their children during the day.
LONG TERM RECOVERY
Once the immediate food, shelter and clothing needs are met for the survivors, the rebuilding efforts will begin and this will take many years. If donors stagger their funding and make multi-year grants, it will ensure the rebuilding effort survives over the long term.
• The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana Disaster Relief Fund was established to provide long-term relief to those affected by natural disasters. In addition to providing for immediate needs, a contribution to the Disaster Relief Fund will help rebuild homes, schools, and the lives of those affected long after the immediate responders have gone.
• Habitat for Humanity of Jefferson County will be engaged in rebuilding homes in the affected area, however Habitat for Humanity National office is currently working with the Southern Indiana offices to coordinate the long-term rebuilding efforts.