United Way Gulf Coast Disaster Fund activated

Gulfport, MS – August 29th, 2012- In response to the impact of Hurricane Isaac, United Ways of the Gulf Coast have activated the United Way Gulf Coast Disaster Fund. Please visit www.unitedwaygulfcoast.org to find out how you can make a financial donation to the fund, donate goods large or small, or volunteer time.

The United Ways of the Gulf Coast recognized the need for a collaborative effort to address community needs in the wake of disasters that affect our greater region. United Way is committed to providing assistance to Gulf Coast communities in the present and in the long term. Responding to and recovering from disasters reinforces the United Way goals in education, income and health.

Funds will be allocated to groups that have a long-term vested interest in the affected communities and that will be addressing the human (economic, cultural, psychological, emotional) consequences of this disaster. In the short term, the fund will support organizations responding to immediate needs. In the long-term, the fund will assist in building resilient coastal communities along the entire Gulf Coast, as well as build upon Gulf Coast United Ways’ successes in long term recovery in alignment with the 2018 goals in the areas of Education, Income and Health. Gifts to the fund are tax deductible.

The United Way Gulf Coast Fund was established at the request of United Way of the Gulf Coast and their community partners to meet the health and human service needs of individuals and households impacted by the 2010 BP oil spill.