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Community Foundation Sets Up Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund

Texas may be called the Lone Star state, but this time they cannot do it alone.

As the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey hit Houston, the National Weather Service issued a dire warning: “This event is unprecedented,” and “Beyond anything experienced”…

Such has indeed been the case, as rainfall has been measured by feet, not inches, and the flooding disaster has left death and destruction across East Texas and beyond.

The Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund has been established by The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee to help in what will be an extensive, ongoing relief effort.

Grants from the Fund will be made to nonprofits providing assistance both immediate and long term, and 100% of donations made will go directly toward recovery efforts.

“At The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee, we believe that if we CAN help we SHOULD help — and so for the past 26 years we have provided ways to make giving to disaster response easy for both the donor and the recipients,” said Ellen Lehman, president of The Community Foundation.

Lehman continues, “In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we are doing just that. We are making sure that people can give comfortably and conveniently and that 100% of the money gets to the nonprofits in the affected area. We’ve been there … we know firsthand that the recovery from Harvey will be long, difficult and complex. … We want to help!”

We, in Nashville and Middle Tennessee, understand so well the trauma of flood. In 2010, we had 13.57 inches of rainfall over 36 hours. Texas is looking at what could be several more days of torrential rain and upwards of 50 inches of rain before the storm ends.

Those of us who have lived in Middle Tennessee for a while still remember so vividly our own recovery from our 2010 Flood. We remember how much the kindness of strangers from across the world meant to us. We recognize oh-so-well the challenges disasters bring. The layers of need for every disaster unfold differently, but unfold they do.

Now is the time to give. To donate to the Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, go to

About The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee:

The Community Foundation exists to promote and facilitate giving in the 40 counties of Middle Tennessee and beyond. It does this by accepting gifts of any size from anyone at any time and by empowering individuals, families, companies, nonprofits, and communities to respond to needs and opportunities that matter. The Community Foundation works with people who have great hearts, whether or not they have great wealth, to craft solutions that reflect their intentions and goals. For more information, call 615-321-4939 or visit

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