At Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation, we are watching the images from the recent tornado destruction in Midwest. My mother and grandmother live in the small town of Dawson Springs, Kentucky, where 75% of the city has vanished due to this deadly storm. Thankfully, they both are unharmed, and their homes are untouched by the storm.

Others in the town and other areas affected by the storm have not been lucky. These areas are low-income areas, and many people who lost their homes were renters, mostly without insurance. Many of these people now have nothing but the clothes they were wearing. Emergency crews are working around the clock to restore water service in some areas, but electricity and gas may take weeks to be repaired.

As you look to donate to local relief efforts in the states affected by this disaster, we will try to keep a running list of groups that are supporting relief efforts on the ground in these areas.

Thank you,

Hank Drew

Los Altos Mountain View Community Foundation

  • The Team Western Kentucky Tornado Relief Fund, created by Gov. Andy Beshear, is collecting donations for victims in the western portion of the state.
  • AmeriCares, a health-focused relief and development organization, has sent an emergency response team to Kentucky and has offered assistance to health care facilities in several states. The organization is accepting donations to help fund these efforts.
  • CARE, an organization that works with impoverished communities, is collecting money to provide food, cash, and clean water to tornado victims.
  • Convoy of Hope, an organization that feeds the hungry, is asking for donations to help the survivors across the affected states.
  • The United Way of Kentucky is asking for donations to provide support services for families in the state who were affected by the tornadoes.
  • International Medical Corps, an organization that provides emergency medical services, is raising funds to give people shelter and essential items.
  • LAMV-CF grantee IsraAID has mobilized an Emergency Response Team to support communities in Kentucky after devastating tornadoes caused large-scale destruction and killed at least 74 people. IsraAID is accepting donations to help support its relief efforts.
  • The Council on Foundations has a list of philanthropy's reactions to the tornados.