United Way of Central Alabama raised $194,143 for long term Lee County tornado disaster relief

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh presents United Way of Lee County’s Becky Benton a $194, 143 check for Lee County Tornado Recovery efforts. Screenshot of video from the United Way of Central Alabama

Following up on a story Bham Now published in March, the United Way of Central Alabama presented a check of $194,143 to the United Way of Lee County to support long term tornado disaster relief.

On March 3, 2019,  a tornado hit the towns of Smith Station and Beauregard in Lee County, Alabama.

United Way of Central Alabama (UWCA) in partnership with United Way of Lee County, has launched a secure and trusted donation site that will serve victims of Sunday’s F3 tornadoes. Photo from the United Way of Central Alabama Facebook page

Immediately following the natural disaster, the United Way of Central Alabama asked Becky Benton, CEO of the United Way of Lee County what her community needed.  Benton responded by requesting the Birmingham -based United Way to set up a secure online fundraising site, so people could donate to Lee County’s long term recovery efforts.

“We are a very small United Way,” stated  Benton in the Bham Now story. “ We only have 3 employees. Setting up the donation site, for us, without an IT staff, that is major. So, we were very appreciative when the United Way of Central Alabama reached out to us.”

Thousands of Donors

As a result of the partnership, thousands of donors throughout the country gave to the recovery efforts online and directly to the United Way of Central Alabama. To date, donors from 43 states and Puerto Rico have contributed to the relief fund.

Long Term Recovery Efforts

When disasters strike, local United Way’s traditionally play a vital role convening long term recovery committees to organize the community people and organizations that either have money, materials and manpower to aid in the recovery process.

The United Way of Central Alabama, whose community experienced vast devastation as a result of the 2011 tornado outbreak, will be sharing its vast knowledge concerning the special role of a Long Term Recovery Committee with Lee County.

Living United

United Way of Central Alabama’s Drew Langloh presents United Way of Lee County’s Becky Benton a $194, 134 check for Lee County Tornado Recovery efforts. Screenshot of video from the United Way of Central Alabama

In the coming days, months and even years, Lee County will be working to recover from the March 2019 tornadoes.  Thanks to their neighbor, the United Way of Central Alabama, and countless donors from across the country, they have resources to fully recover.

  • 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.