Photos Courtesy of the Montgomery County Foundation
In 2017 and 2018, approximately 30% of all U.S. households gave to disaster relief (Center for Disaster Philanthropy). According to Dr. Una Osili of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, there is “substantial anecdotal evidence (that) testifies to Americans’ generosity in the wake of recent, large-scale catastrophes.”
Locally, Montgomery County was recently impacted by Hurricane Ida and the subsequent tornado that ripped through the county. At least 230 houses in Bridgeport and Norristown alone are uninhabitable, and 800 people have been displaced.
We’re often asked how people can give back. The Montco Emergency Disaster Fund, created by and administered by the Montgomery County Foundation, is one way to make a difference for people in Montgomery County affected by these disasters. By using one centralized fund, the Foundation will be able to distribute all funds quickly and efficiently to on-the-ground nonprofits in Montgomery County that are serving individuals and families impacted by the flooding and tornado.
While horrific, disasters also demonstrate the generous spirit of many Americans. Support those in Montgomery County struggling with housing, food, and job expenses.