United Way of Central Alabama has launched a donation site to help tornado victims in five counties

Patterson Hall, a dorm on the Jacksonville State University campus damaged by the E-3 tornado. Photo by Pete Conroy.

In Bham Now’s  story about the Jacksonville State University tornadoes earlier this week, we told our readers we would provide additional information about where you can donate funds to support not only Jacksonville, but other tornado/storm impacted areas such as Cullman and communities throughout Central and Northeast Alabama. 

The United Way of Central Alabama has stepped forward to help


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Photo from Jacksonville State University

This week, United Way of Central Alabama launched a secure and trusted donation site that will serve tornado victims in five Alabama counties whose residents suffered losses due to hail storms and tornado damage.

“Today we launched a single drive for United Way of Cullman County (Cullman), United Way of Etowah County (Gadsden), United Way of East Central Alabama (Anniston/Jacksonville/) , and United Way of Central Alabama (St. Clair County),” said Drew Langloh, President & CEO, United Way of Central Alabama. “While the leadership at those United Ways plan to deliver their disaster services, UWCA is equipped to process online donations that will be available to the victims faster.”

Jacksonville State University tornado damage. Photo from JSU Facebook

Donors can visit www.uwca.org/disaster and select, by county, which United Way recovery effort they want to support.  Short-term assistance given immediately after a disaster won’t cover all the needs of those impacted.  The wide-range of needs won’t become clear for weeks or even months after March 19, 2018 and the availability of long-term assistance is critical.

United Way of Central Alabama has earned the public’s trust and recognition with documented success in long-term recovery efforts since the 1977 tornado outbreak in North Jefferson County.

Jacksonville Donations

Remember you can continue to send monetary donations to the Community Foundation of Northeast Alabama in Anniston. The foundation has set up a fund and 100 percent of donations will go to disaster relief. To make a donation, visit http://www.yourcommunityfirst.org/news/disaster-response-fund-accepting-donations  or  https://cfnea.fcsuite.com/erp/donate/create?setc=1&funit_id=1073&event_date_id=&grant_id=.

The JSU Foundation, the charitable arm of the university, has also set up a fundraiser for those displaced by the storms. To donate, visit https://www.gofundme.com/jsu .

Pat Byington
Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.

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