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Tornado Response

Western Massachusetts Tornado Relief and Recovery

On June 1, tornados impacted 19 communities in western and central Massachusetts, leaving three dead, hundreds injured, and many homes and buildings destroyed. Among those impacted are local nonprofits providing critical services in affected neighborhoods.  We at the Community Foundation have been shocked and saddened by the devastation and loss of life, but equally impressed and heartened by the way our community has come together at a time of crisis. 

For more information on how the Springfield funding community has responded to community needs in the aftermath of the tornado, view the press release.

To date, the Community Foundation has raised over $226,000 for tornado relief and has announced grant awards to 16 nonprofit organizations, ranging from $4,000 to $20,000. Tornado grant recipients include:

  • Square One: Replacement of a van destroyed in the tornado, used for preschool program.
  • YMCA of Greater Springfield: Camping slots for impacted children living in temporary housing.
  • First Church of Monson: Support for volunteer efforts to aid with clean-up and building repairs.
  • Friends of the Homeless: Essential food, clothing and shelter.
  • Rebuilding Together Springfield: Repairs for financailly needy Springfield homeowners.
  • Springfield Rescue Mission: Increased service needs for food and basic needs.
  • DevelopSpringfield: Support for planning in partnership with the Springfield Redevelopment Authority to lead a multi-year rebuilding effort.
  • Criminal Justice Organization of Hampden County: Replacement of textbooks and additional tutoring for GED and pre-GED students impacted by the tornadoes.
  • Anti-Displacement Project: Freezer and refrigerator replacement for food pantry, as well as food and household items for impacted individuals and families.
  • Russian Community Association: Support for additional staff to assist impacted West Springfield residents.
  • Catholic Charities of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Springfield: Assistance for tornado victims with major out-of-pocket expenses to prevent financial crisis.
  • First Congregational Church of Brimfield: Support for volunteer efforts to aid with debris and clean-up.
  • HAP, Inc.: Support for staff to assist with case management to provide long range stabilization for tornado victims with housing issues.
  • Hitchcock Free Academy: Special education programs related to rebuilding, stress reduction and related issues.
  • Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start: Construction of a playground shade canopy to replace shade provided by trees destroyed at the Madison Avenue site.
  • South End Community Center: Assistance with additional program and operating expenses incurred while displaced by the tornadoes.

Our team continues to stay informed and connected with the many members of our community involved in ongoing recovery efforts.