Tornado Relief Fund
Responding to the April Tornado
Just after midnight on April 13, a powerful tornado carved a destructive path through our city, impacting the Brainerd, East Brainerd, Apison, Collegedale, and Ooltewah communities as well as large parts of North Georgia.
The exact scope of the damage is still coming into focus, but we know that dozens of families have lost their homes and at least two members of our community lost their lives in the disaster. And while providing relief and responding to a natural disaster is already challenging under typical circumstances, the COVID-19 pandemic has created additional difficulties in providing support to those most affected by the tornado.
In an effort to ensure that response organizations have the resources they need to effectively respond and the victims of this disaster have reliable support, the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga is partnering with the United Way of Chattanooga to launch the Tornado Relief Fund.
Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing immediate vital services. The joint fund will be held at the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga and its grants will be informed by a community task force assembled in partnership with United Way with input from local officials with the aim of understanding the most pressing needs on the ground. This Fund will help free nonprofits up to concentrate on delivering vital services while we connect generosity with need as our community sets out to rebuild and recover.
We are hopeful that other foundations, businesses, and individuals that are moved to assist those in need will join us in this united effort. In times of crisis, coordination is vital and valued in getting critical resources to communities most impacted. We are grateful to our first responders, local officials, and philanthropic partners working to collectively support those most impacted by this disaster.
To make a gift, click the button below or login into your DonorCentral account and click on “Recommend a Grant” and select the “Tornado Relief Fund” as the recipient.
If you have questions and would like to get involved or make a contribution in another way, please don’t hesitate to reach out directly to our Donor Services team at [email protected] or by calling our Vice-President of Donor Services Marisa Ogles at 423.265.0586 ext. 22.