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Disaster Relief Fund

An effective response, regardless of where a natural disaster occurs, requires sustained involvement on behalf of donors, responding organizations and a myriad of other actors.  The bulk of disaster dollars are often allocated during the emergency humanitarian relief phase (with a focus on emergency food, shelter, water, sanitation and health care).  Emergency relief is vital.  Still, experts agree that disaster relief dollars are insufficient to meet the medium- and long-term needs of disaster-affected communities. 

 Community Foundation of Western Virginia, Inc. (d/b/a Foundation for Roanoke Valley and Martinsville Area Community Foundation) has established a Disaster Relief Fund in order to respond to  catastrophic events as they occur.

 How will the Disaster Relief Funds be used?

100% of all donations (except any online credit card processing fees) will be used to respond to the complete timeline of the disaster management effort: from immediate relief to recovery, and then to reconstruction and rebuilding.

Who will the funds support?

The Disaster Relief Fund will support nonprofit organizations and public entities that have a defined role in short-term and long-term recovery efforts by providing critical services to individuals, families and communities impacted by the disaster.  Each nonprofit or public entity who receives disaster relief funds will be carefully vetted by the Foundation to insure the most effective and efficient use of the monies raised.

How can I make a donation?

Donations can be made online here. Checks can be mailed to Martinsville Area Community Foundation at P.O. Box 1124, Martinsville, VA  24114. Please designate your gift for “Disaster Relief”.  Donor Advisors may also recommend a grant to the Disaster Relief Fund by submitting a Donor Advised Fund Grant Recommendation Form.  All gifts are tax-deductible.

Founding Members

Mrs. Caren Tobin Aaron
Mrs. Margaret E. Lester
Mrs. Kimberly P. Boyd
Mrs. J.D. Lester
Mrs. Ruth Groves Chaney
Ms. Langhorne S. Mauck
Mrs. Gael Marshall Chaney
Mrs. Charlotte W. McClain
Mrs. Katie K. Connelly
Ms. Lynnie Mitchell
Mrs. Rebecca Williams Crabtree
Mrs. Nancy B. Moore
Mrs. Judith N. Dashoff
Mrs. Jennifer Collins Nease
Mrs. Carol A. Deaton
Mrs. Nancy T. Parcell
Mrs. Wanda G. Dickerson
Mrs. Teresa Farrell Plageman
Mrs. Lillie T. Doyle
Mrs. Christine B. Poirier
Mrs. Masha Edelen
Mrs. Linda C. Prillaman
Mrs. Cindy King Edgerton
Mrs. Lauren Shannon Prince
Mrs. Bonnie Favero
Mrs. Linda Marshall Reynolds
Mrs. Elaine D. Ferrill
Mrs. Lynn Robertson
Mrs. Jane J. Ford
Mrs Lillie Sapp
Mrs. Rebecca Y. Forestier
Mrs. Eliza H. Severt
Mrs. Shanna Francisco-King
Mrs. Elizabeth R. Sibbick
Miss Karen L. Franklin
Mrs. Kathryn A. Smith*
Mrs. Jo Grayson
Mrs. Kimberly Kiser Snyder
Mrs. Virginia Walker Hamlet
Mrs. Julie Hairfield Thomas
Mrs. April M. Haynes
Mrs. Meredith Burleson Vaughn
Mrs. Vickie S. Helmstutler
Mrs. Anne V. Madonia
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Holsinger
Mrs. Elizabeth M. Walker
Ms. Barbara Jackman
Mrs. Phyllia Wenkstern
Mrs. Jennifer R. Jamison
Mrs. Lisa W. Fultz
Mrs. Carole G. Kiser
Mrs. Roslyn H. Wingett
Mrs. Anne T. Kiser
Mrs. Amanda C. Witt
Mrs. Amy Pace Lampe