Midwest Storms Response & Recovery

December 22, 2021–As recovery in the Midwest continues, OpUSA is committed to helping survivors recover and rebuild in the wake of this month’s devastating storms. At this time, we are working with longtime corporate partner Honeywell to help coordinate a delivery of safety gloves and boots to first responder groups aiding in clean up in Mayfield, Kentucky. Our programs staff is also contacting community-based partners to assess needs and determine recipients for cash grants. Our capacity to provide cash grants to those most in need is directly dependent on the generosity of our donors. We thank all those who have donated so far. To help recovery efforts in the Midwest with a gift today, visit give.opusa.org.

December 15, 2021–OpUSA is continuing to assess needs in the wake of last weekend’s storms, and is preparing to send aid as much as funds and opportunities allow. In Kentucky–where damage appears to be greatest–we are in contact with community-based partners to whom we hope to deliver in-kind material aid and cash grants. We will also call on existing partnerships across sectors to expedite the delivery of vital recovery supplies as communities begin to rebuild. As needs continue to emerge in Kentucky and other impacted areas, OpUSA will focus on long-term recovery support.

Your donations at this time make the delivery of aid possible. We thank you for your generosity.

OpUSA is also seeking corporate partners who can donate bulk quantities of disaster appropriate supplies, specifically high need items including: blankets, bottled water, hygiene supplies (toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, shampoo, lotion, lip balm, tissues, wet wipes, feminine sanitary products), baby supplies (diapers and formula), and new/unused clothing and shoes. Please contact info@opusa.org for more info.

December 13, 2021–Today, our thoughts are with all those impacted by this weekend’s storms across the Midwest. Especially as freezing winter weather layers on to the devastation suffered by so many who lost loved ones, homes, businesses and livelihoods as tornadoes and severe storms wreaked havoc on their communities.

OpUSA is monitoring the situation, keeping up with developing news from the area, and assessing any/all opportunities to provide support to community-based organizations helping survivors. If opportunities and funds allow, we will make cash grants and deliver in-kind material aid.

Please take this as a reminder that disasters can happen anywhere, anytime and review your emergency plan. If you are in the Midwest, and are healthy and able, we encourage you to donate blood in your local community to help meet the need in the wake of this disaster.

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