Serving Monroe, Owen, and Greene Counties

Seeking Donations for Greene, Owen, Monroe Tornado Victims

June 20, 2019— United Way of Monroe County has opened a Relief Fund and is seeking donations to support short and long-term recovery from the recent tornadoes and severe weather for low- and moderate-income individuals and families throughout Greene, Owen, and Monroe counties.  
 
Donated relief funds will assist those in the hardest hit areas with needs that are unmet by traditional assistance programs. In the short term, this could include food, prescription and medical supplies, household supplies, home repairs, furniture, and appliances. In the long-term, needed supports, which may include insurance deductibles and repairs to vehicles and homes, will be determined by committees in each affected county. 
 
This new fund is in partnership with Emergency Management officials in the three-county area. The fund is live on the United Way of Monroe County website and can be found at www.monroeunitedway.org/disaster. 100% of all money raised will be directed to victims of the June 15th tornadoes. 
 
“In the event of a disaster impacting this many households, we are seeking the community’s support in stabilizing as many as possible, as quickly as possible,” said Efrat Feferman, Executive Director of Monroe County. For families who are not asset-rich, any additional expenses incurred from such a traumatic event, along with missed work opportunities and added stress, can spiral quickly into financial instability or even long-term homelessness.  
 
In the three-county area, Greene County was hit particularly hard by an F2 tornado, with damaging winds between 120-130 mph, that has caused considerable damage. At least 70 homes were damaged and three homes destroyed. Many of those affected do not have insurance and have suffered a great financial loss.  
 
Residents needing urgent assistance should contact the American Red Cross at 888-684-1441. American Red Cross of Indiana volunteers have been conducting damage assessment and providing water and snacks in communities across Greene, Owen, and Monroe counties. 
 
Affected by the tornadoes? Download assistance application here.
 
Donors may give online at www.monroeunitedway.org/disaster or may send checks to United Way of Monroe County. 431 S. College Ave, Bloomington, IN 47403.  
 
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