Habitat announces $5 million fundraising effort to rebuild Texas communities devastated by tornadoes
GM Foundation contributes first $500,000 toward goal.
An F-4 tornado struck the Rancho Brazos subdivision on the evening of May 15 and damaged or destroyed up to 120 homes in the area, including 58 out of 61 Habitat homes.
ATLANTA (May 17, 2013) – Today, Habitat for Humanity is launching a $5 million fundraising initiative to help rebuild homes and communities devastated in the wake of tornadoes that ripped through North Texas on Wednesday. Habitat will assist with clean up, repairs and the construction of as many homes as possible to help families recover from this disaster.
“Habitat for Humanity is working to bring hope to the families who have lost so much,” said Jonathan Reckford, CEO of Habitat for Humanity International. “We are particularly grateful to the GM Foundation for stepping up and immediately offering the lead gift of $500,000. We hope their generosity inspires others to support our efforts during this critical time for these families.”
Habitat’s initiative in Texas comes after several tornadoes ripped through Texas Wednesday night, including one that struck a community in the Granbury area, where up to 120 homes were damaged or destroyed in a neighborhood that included 61 Habitat for Humanity houses. Habitat for Humanity is assessing the impact on these homes and other affordable housing in the affected areas.
“Helping Texas residents rebuild and repair their homes is a critical priority for Habitat for Humanity International in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes,” said Selim Bingol, vice president of GM global communications and public policy and chairman of the GM Foundation. “Through the $500,000 grant from the GM Foundation and recently donated Chevrolet Express Vans, we are helping the organization immediately provide financial and other important resources to those in need.”
Donations to Habitat’s $5 million fundraising initiative can be made here.