More than $600,000 in 2011 U.S. Disaster Grants Awarded

Funding supports 13 nonprofit organizations in eight states

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Aid delivery arrives at Community Clinic in Joplin, Missouri Photo by Debbi Morello. All Rights Reserved.

To help communities across America still struggling to recover from massive tornadoes, storms, and flood-related devastation, AmeriCares has awarded more than $600,000 in disaster recovery grants.

The grants support medical care for the uninsured, mental health services and preparedness for future disasters. A total of 13 nonprofit organizations were awarded grants to support communities in eight states, including:

 

Missouri

  • Children’s dental care: A $48,473 grant to enable a Joplin free clinic to offer rehabilitative dental care for children, after a massive tornado destroyed 13 dental offices.
  • Women’s health care: A $40,810 grant a local nonprofit to expand women’s health services in Joplin.
  • Diagnostic services: An $8,942 grant to a Joplin clinic to install electricity to power a donated x-ray machine.
  • Ongoing care: A $60,000 grant to help a clinic in St. Joseph keep its doors open to treat patients. The clinic faced closure due to flood-related revenue losses.

Alabama

  • Disaster preparedness: A $25,656 grant to a health center in Parrish to purchase a back-up generator, to enable the clinic to treat patients during power outages.
  • Case management: A $50,000 grant to a Birmingham organization to fund case management services for 200 families affected by tornadoes.
  • Emergency training: A $7,000 grant to train more than 200 first responders in Huntsville to work with autistic children and adults during emergencies.
  • Mental health services: An $81,188 grant to a mental health center in Jasper for therapy and case management services to help 500 people struggling with post-traumatic stress and mental health issues related to 2011 tornadoes.

Texas

  • Health care for the displaced: A $98,000 grant to a San Antonio organization to treat individuals displaced by disasters requiring skilled medical care.

Tennessee

  • Disaster preparedness: A $37,180 grant to a health center in Memphis to purchase a natural gas generator to enable the clinic to treat patients during major emergencies and power outages.
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Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz, www.Alertnet.org
Hurricane Irene swept along the New Jersey and New York shorelines, knocking down trees, leaving thousands of people without electrical power and causing flooding.

New York

  • Mental health counseling: A $90,790 grant to three upstate school districts for counseling and referrals to help students and their families affected by tropical storms Irene and Lee.

South Dakota

  • Mental health outreach: a $29,000 grant to a social services organization for outreach and case management services to help 1,000 families in rural areas affected by Missouri River flooding.

North Carolina

  • Disaster preparedness: A $32,440 grant to purchase a generator that will allow a Raleigh community health center to continue operations during major power outages.

AmeriCares launched the U.S. Disaster Recovery Initiative on August 31, aiming to award a total of $500,000 in grants ranging from $10,000 to $100,000 for health-related recovery projects. Due to an overwhelming number of grant applications for worthy projects, AmeriCares increased the total amount awarded by more than $100,000.