Gulf Coast Relief Fund tops $2 million
Donations 'will provide immediate and long-term assistance for the most marginalized people affected by this catastrophe.'
“Your contributions will be used to support individuals through on-the-ground secular and religious organizations, including the UUA, and will provide immediate and long-term assistance for the most marginalized people affected by this catastrophe,” UUA President William G. Sinkford and Charlie Clements, UUSC’s president and CEO, said in a joint statement. “We will also search for opportunities to address the policies of exclusion and neglect that contributed to the magnitude of the suffering and destruction. Through your contributions, we work together to heal not only the disaster-impacted communities, congregations and lives, but ourselves as well.”
The fund passed the $2 million mark Friday. Decisions about use of proceeds will be made by a panel of seven people led by the Rev. Meg Riley, director of the UUA's Advocacy and Witness Staff Group. The group has met several times and so far has made grants of $25,000 to each of the three New Orleans-area Unitarian Universalist congregations.