MOUNT VERNON — The community can help with hurricane recovery efforts. Collections will be taken by the Knox County Citizen Action Network in front of City Hall on Public Square each Saturday in October, from noon till 2 p.m., beginning today.
Knox County Citizen Action Network, in conjunction with Signs on the Square, is organizing this fundraiser. Recognizing the need for long-term recovery, donations will support existing community-based organizations that target people who are most at-risk. Donations will be sent to the following organizations:
•Puerto Rico — ConPRmetidos is an organization that is focused on getting support to local businesses and families by working in coordination with ConnectRelief.com and the Puerto Rican National Guard to make an assessment of needs across the island, providing structural repairs that are not covered by FEMA, and finding energy solutions to power up the island as fast as possible. For more information about their initiatives and fund, visit www.conprmetidos.org.
•Texas/Houston: SBP’s mission is to shrink time between disaster and recovery. In Houston, SBP has already deployed a response team and their recovery work is underway. They have registered close to 14,000 volunteers and assigned them to relief organizations. They have directly assisted over 29,000 survivors by providing information. They have trained 780 homeowners with information for speedy and safe recoveries. They have mucked and gutted 15 homes. And more than 70,000 homeowners have electronically accessed their disaster resources information. SBP’s model is greatly enhanced by AmeriCorps members from all over the country who serve as client case managers, volunteer coordinators and construction site supervisors, overseeing the labor of more than 25,000 volunteers annually at SBP operations around the U.S. SBP is committed to supporting long-term recovery. You can find more information at http://sbpusa.org/where-we-help/harvey-recovery.
•Florida — Hurricane Irma Community Recovery Fund: This fund will focus on recovery in Florida through an existing foundation and a variety of grassroots community organizations. These organizations work with historically marginalized communities. Florida has over 3 million residents who live in poverty, and an estimated 850,000 undocumented immigrants across Florida may be fearful of accessing needed government resources, due to their immigration status. Services will include basic needs, such as housing, healthcare, transportation, legal representation and longer term organizing.
To donate to Hurricane Irma Community Recovery Fund, visit http://newfloridamajority.org/wp/get-involved/donate/irmacommunityrecoveryfund/.