ELDON, Mo. — After the recent tornado in Eldon and Jefferson City, Eldon families had immediate funding needs for temporary housing. Several families were not able to return to their homes and required temporary housing in local hotels. Two families who lived outside the city also needed help.
Community Foundation of the Lake was able to donate $5,000 from their Disaster Recovery Fund towards temporary shelter to the Ministerial Alliance at First Christian Church in Eldon. Reverend Chris Reynolds said he was very appreciative of the timely donation. Often, receiving national disaster relief requires time and paperwork, which can unfortunately delay help for immediate needs. CFL has a Disaster Recovery Fund in place for natural disasters in Miller, Morgan, and Camden Counties.
Janice Gentile, founding member of CFL, established the fund on July 1, 2013. She created the fund to celebrate the retirement of Ace, her beloved service dog. Janice stated, “The Disaster Recovery Fund was created after the Joplin tornado so that our community would be prepared to receive donations after a traumatic event. We are pleased to have funds to assist our neighbors & friends in Eldon. We encourage donations, to always be prepared for an unknown tragedy or disaster.”
Donations from Farmers Insurance, Above & Beyond Roofing, and private donors ensures local, immediate financial help will be available in case of floods, tornados or earthquakes. Rick Kruse, Farmers Insurance National Board of Governors and CFL Board Member stated “Anyone can donate to the Disaster Recovery Fund. Simply go to www.communityfoundationofthelake.com, click on donate, and under gift designation find CFL Disaster Fund to make a donation.” Community Foundation of the Lake was established by community leaders to help in building the educational, cultural, health and economic development of the Lake area.
The Foundation is a growing resource to receive, and grant local community funds donated by families, individuals and corporations. Donations can be in any amount, unrestricted to benefit any community need or restricted by donor designation and used for a specific program or purpose as the donor identifies. All funds stay in the lake area where they benefit many organizations meeting a broad range of local community needs.
Groups, individuals and businesses can participate in the Community Foundation of the Lake by contacting President, Amy Hernandez at (573) 480-9973, or by mailing requests or contributions to Community Foundation of the Lake, PO Box 1413, Lake Ozark, MO, 65049.
For more information on the Community Foundation of the Lake go to: www.communityfoundationofthelake.com.