The Pittsburgh Foundation

Support Resources for Residents of Flood-Ravaged Kentucky

Teresa Reynolds sits exhausted as members of her community clean the debris from their flooded homes at Ogden Hollar in Hindman, Ky., Saturday, July 30. (AP Photo by Timothy D. Easley)

Eastern Kentucky and central Appalachia were pounded with intense rainfall from back-to-back storms that began July 26 and lasted into July 30, killing at least 37 people. Homes were lost, businesses were destroyed. Power was wiped out while roads and bridges buckled. Drinkable water is scare. The deluges' magnitude and destruction have staggered tens of thousands of Kentuckians who may not have seen the worst pass as more storms are expected this summer

The Associated Press reports that the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) continues to add counties in eastern Kentucky that are eligible for individual assistance, but the needs of Kentuckians are great and immediate. We know from our own experience the important emergency-assistance service that community foundations provide for their neighbors. We encourage those who wish to support the efforts of recovery and healing to donate to the following funds serving the affected areas:

Brother's Brother Foundation

Foundation for Appalachian Kentucky: Crisis Fund

GlobalGiving: Kentucky and Appalachia Flood Relief Fund