GNOF Grants $100,000 for Tornado Relief

February 14, 2017

Includes $50,000 match from the Trombone Shorty and the Trombone Shorty Foundation

(February 13, 2017 | New Orleans, LA) The Greater New Orleans Foundation is awarding $100,000 grants from its Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund to 13 nonprofit organizations providing immediate assistance to families who have suffered catastrophic losses from the tornadoes that struck on February 7th.  The nonprofit organizations receiving funding are on the frontlines, providing assistance to families still suffering from the disaster.

“We are extremely grateful to everyone’s quick response to helping our neighbors impacted by the tornadoes, and we’re particularly grateful for the generosity of Trombone Shorty and the Trombone Shorty Foundation for matching every donation up to $50,000,” said Andy Kopplin, president & CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation.

The nonprofit organizations selected are experienced in providing assistance for people with emergency needs.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, “We’re grateful for everyone’s contributions to the New Orleanians impacted by the tornado last week. In our darkest hour, angels among us are coming to help us out. We can’t forget that this is just the beginning. The needs are still great, and we encourage everyone to stay involved as we continue to support our neighbors in New Orleans East.”

The Greater New Orleans Foundation’s Helping Our Neighbors: Tornado Relief Fund will continue to award grants from the fund. “Our track record of success in dealing with disasters from hurricanes to oil spill and floods has taught us that a different set of challenges often arise after the first wave of emergency grants. We want to be there for the long-term,” said Kopplin.

Nonprofit organizations receiving emergency grants are the following:

American Red Cross – $12,500, to provide meals and supplies
Catholic Charities – $12,500, to support food and case management assistance
Camp Restore – $5,000, to support volunteer operations
Giving Hope Nola – $12,500, to distribute hot meals
Hands on New Orleans – $10,000, to support volunteer coordination
Household of Faith Church – $5,000, to help their distribution center
Mary Queen of Vietnam – $5,000, to help purchase supplies
NOLA Tree Project – $5,000, to help with debris removal
Second Harvest Food Bank – $12,500, to help with food distribution
Team Rubicon – $5,000, to provide supplies to Veteran volunteers
United Saints Recovery – $5,000, to coordinate efforts of hundreds of volunteers
VAYLA – $5,000, to provide language access to victims
VIET – $5,000 to provide language access and purchase of supplies