Support Our Country in Time of Tragedy: Buffalo Together & Uvalde Strong
Over the last few weeks, our country has endured heinous hate crimes that have come at the cost of 31 individuals losing their lives.
On Saturday, May 14, 2022, 10 people in Buffalo, New York were killed while shopping for groceries in a racially motivated hate crime. Shortly after on May 24, 2022, 19 children and two adults were killed at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas. In both situations, others were injured but survived.
It is difficult to show strength in the face of tragedy, but it is up to all of us – working together – to create a more just and racially equitable community. Hate should have no home in our nation, in our neighborhoods, or in our community.
We believe in the power of community foundations, as they are equipped to respond to their community’s most pressing needs, especially in times of crisis. Below are two ways you can support the Buffalo and Uvalde communities through their local foundations.
Buffalo Together Community Response Funds
- The Community Foundation of Greater Buffalo has launched two response funds to support the Buffalo community. The Buffalo Together Community Response Fund will support the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy. The Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund will support the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy.
The Buffalo Together Community Response Fund will also address community needs beyond those directly affected, extending the organization’s ongoing work in advancing equity.
Uvalde Strong Community Response Funds
- The Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country, which serves 10 counties, including Uvalde, has established the Uvalde Strong Fund to support victims, their families, and others affected by the mass shooting incident.
- The San Antonio Area Foundation has launched two response funds to support their local community. The Uvalde Strong Survivors Fund will provide direct financial assistance to the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy. One hundred percent (100%) of the contributions donated to this fund will go directly to victims and survivors of this atrocity in partnership with National Compassion Fund.The Uvalde Strong Fund is an emergency relief fund to support area nonprofits that will provide long-term assistance, including mental health services, in the Uvalde community.
Donors who have a donor advised fund at the St. Louis Community can make a grant recommendation via Fund Central or by contacting their relationship manager.