From Special Reports

In response to recent disasters across the US—including the floods in Texas and expected damage from Hurricane Irma to Florida and the Georgia Coast—the board of the Coweta Community Foundation has voted to create the Coweta County and Hurricane Irma Disaster Response Funds. Both funds are now open and accepting donations.

The Coweta County Disaster Response Fund will be available for any future disasters that occur in Coweta and affect its residents. For the Hurricane Irma Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation will be partnering with sister community foundations in the areas that were affected and have residents who need assistance in getting back on their feet after the hurricane. The Hurricane Irma Fund will serve those residents in Georgia first and then spread to other states.

Board Chair Ginger Queener said, “Most all community foundations across the US have such funds for their own communities and open them for community members to donate to when disasters occur across the US.”

Queener noted that after Texas experienced the recent flooding, several organizations in this community banded together to take supplies to those affected. The Foundation received phone calls from people asking if a mechanism was in place to donate to assist flood victims, and they noted it was hard to decide where to send funds to ensure that those affected would be served. At the time, the Foundation did not have this available. Over the weekend, however, board members voted overwhelmingly that it was time to create the Coweta County Disaster Relief Fund and proactively be prepared to assist those who will be affected by Hurricane Irma. The Coweta Community Foundation has never before had a disaster response fund.

With this new Coweta County Disaster Response Fund, the Foundation will be able to make immediate grants to those nonprofit agencies here in Coweta County that serve families who are in need because of natural or unexpected disasters. Organizations like Bridging the Gap, One Roof, Real Life Center, Salvation Army, the American Red Cross and Goodwill Southern Rivers – Newnan would be the agencies assisting local residents with such needs as food, clothing, shelter, rent deposits and utilities. Since the Foundation is already familiar with these organizations, creating and managing the new fund is a fairly simple process, and the fund will remain open as long as CCF is in existence.

Contributions can be made online. For the Coweta County Disaster Response Fund, visit https://cowetafoundation.org/gift/donate?partner=258 and for the Hurricane Irma fund, https://cowetafoundation.org/gift/donate?partner=259. Checks may also be mailed directly to the Foundation at P.O. Box 236, Newnan, GA 30264. Donations are 100 percent tax deductible, and 100 percent of the funds donated will be used for the intended purpose.

For more information, please contact the Foundation at 770-253-1833 or visit cowetafoundation.org.