Three years after tornado, Joplin recovery strong, ongoing

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On the eve of the third anniversary of the Joplin tornado, the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri made a $150,000 Joplin Recovery Fund grant to Rebuild Joplin. The grant will help in the construction of 70 homes that will be built this year by the group, which organized in the wake of the EF5 storm on May 22, 2011, which killed 161 people. It will serve as the matching portion of an additional $150,000 to be raised from other sources.

Representatives from more than a dozen organizations that have received Joplin Recovery Fund grants over the last three years attended the presentation to commemorate the gift (and the date), as well as to recognize Rebuild Joplin’s ongoing effort to get every resident displaced by the tornado back in permanent housing. You can read the Joplin Globe’s story here.

Today is the anniversary of the storm, and the Community Foundation of the Ozarks would like to acknowledge the Community Foundation of Southwest Missouri, its volunteer leaders and the nonprofit agencies, who have done so much to bring the city so far following the devastating storm. It has changed the lives of all involved, as well as the physical nature of the city. Their tireless work and cooperation is inspiring, and is a model for future disaster recovery efforts.

In that vein, the CFO’s Community column in the Springfield News-Leader this week focused on nationally funded, disaster-preparedness program we piloted. To date, one cohort in Springfield and one in Joplin have completed The Resilient Community program. The goal: To train “second responders” — those nonprofit agencies that will take the lead in recovery efforts after the immediate-response agencies have left — on how to prepare for and respond to a disaster situation. You can read the full column about The Resilient Community here.

Thank you, again, for everyone who has and continues to work so hard to rebuild our communities when they are touched by tragedy.

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