Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund: Relief Efforts from 2019 Tornadoes Enters Community Response Phase

For more than two years our collective community has worked diligently to leverage resources to address unmet needs of the victims of the May 2019 tornadoes using a FEMA-endorsed model of recovery.

The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund has and will continue to be used to support the full spectrum of tornado recovery – from immediate post-disaster response to individual and household recovery. It now is transitioning to an emphasis on community recovery. Extensive outreach has been done to reach survivors, and over 2,100 families have worked with the disaster case management team. All eligible cases have received the resources necessary to address disaster-caused needs.

To date, over $2.7 million has been contributed to the fund, and $2.2 million of this amount has been spent on recovery thus far. Grants from the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund will continue to support community projects focused on tornado recovery for the next 6 to 8 years.

Thank you to the 20 member organizations of the Miami Valley Long Term Recovery Group, led by Executive Director Laura Mercer, and the many other community partners, faith-based groups and individuals that gave their time and talent to the response and individual/household recovery phases.


How to Donate:

The Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund remains open for donations. If you would like support the ongoing community recovery and join the over 3,800 donors who have made contributions to the fund thus far, please see the donation options listed below:

Grants Awarded to Date:

Grants awarded from the Greater Dayton Disaster Relief Fund have been awarded to the following organizations to assist in their efforts to help our community.

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc.

American Red Cross

Catholic Social Services of the Miami Valley

Church of the Brethren

Community Action Partnership

County Corp

Good360

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Dayton

Keep America Beautiful

Lutheran Social Services of Central Ohio

Miami Valley Regional Planning Commission

Oesterlen Home for Children of the United Lutheran Church in America

Peace Lutheran Church

Presbytery of the Miami Valley

Rebuilding Together Dayton

Sinclair Community College Foundation

St. Vincent de Paul Social Services

St. Vincent de Paul Society

The Foodbank Inc.

The Salvation Army

United Way of the Greater Dayton Area

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File date: 10.28.21

Mike Parks

“Our community has shown time and again its resilience to rise above the challenges before us.” – Michael M. Parks, president of The Dayton Foundation

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