Photo from United Rescue Alliance
The Big Country Fire Relief fund will provide grants to volunteer fire departments and nonprofits serving those affected by the May Mesquite Heat fire in Taylor County. This fund may also support VFDs and nonprofits serving people affected by other fires throughout the Big Country as needed.
People in need of immediate assistance can find updated resources at the Big Country VOAD website or by calling 211.
Donations will go out as grants to organizations serving the affected communities. Some grants will go to volunteer fire departments to meet their needs, and some grants will go to nonprofits that will use the funds to provide aid to people who need it. The Community Foundation of Abilene does not plan to give funds directly to individuals at this time. Some funds will, however, be quickly deployed to meet urgent needs (see below).
Why give to the relief funds instead of directly to organizations in those communities? It streamlines the process and ensures donations can be used in the most effective way possible, where they are needed most.
Our team is actively working with agencies on the ground in the affected areas to determine when and where to begin deploying grant dollars. Grants will go out in two phases:
The Community Foundation has partnered with the Eastland Community Foundation to establish the Eastland County Fire Relief Fund in response to the March wildfires in Eastland County. This fund will provide grants to fire departments and nonprofits serving people and businesses in towns like Carbon, Gorman, Rising Star and Eastland. The video below shows some of the encouraging messages from donors to the fund.