August is Trauma Support Month

Since the Foundation’s first year, we have supported those in need after disasters have hit:
floods, tornados, earthquakes, fires.....and more.

Although we had been donating all along to organizations helping with humanitarian aid in various ways, in 2020 we added a spotlight to the month of August for organizations that work to end domestic abuse, find safe havens for women and children and those that work to end the exploitation of women and children,
including trafficking and slavery.

Here is a year-by-year listing of all the organizations (more than 145) to which the Foundation has donated as we did our part for those affected by disasters and for the most vulnerable among us.

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American Red Cross: Hurricane Sandy
Care & Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado: Waldo Canyon Fires
Community First Foundation/Aurora, Colorado: Waldo Canyon Fires
DuPagePads: Urgent Need/Client Services Center Appliances
Rebuilding Haiti Now: Earthquake Relief
United Way Victims Fund: Sandy Hook School Shooting

The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy


All Hands Volunteers: Colorado Flood Relief

Americares: Oklahoma Wildfires

American Red Cross: Oklahoma Wildfires

Community Foundation for the NCR: Navy Yard Shooting

Convoy of Hope: Super Typhoon Haiyan/Philippines

Direct Relief International: Super Typhoon Haiyan/Philippines

Empire State Relief Fund: Hurricane Sandy

It's Our Little Secret: Donation of Gifts/Clothes for Abused Children

ONEcall Foundation: Boston Marathon Bombing

One Fund Boston: Boston Marathon Bombing

Prescott Firefighters Charities: Granite Mountain Hotshots (killed in the line of duty fighting the Yarnell Hill Fire)

St. Patrick Church/Washington, IL: Tornado Outbreak

Stop Trafficking of People: Help to End Trafficking of Human Beings

Team Rubicon: Oklahoma Wildfires

The Cantor Fitzgerald Relief Fund: Sandy Hook School Shooting

Waco Foundation: West Texas Fertilizer Plant Explosion

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American Red Cross: Oso, Washington Mudslide

American Red Cross: East Harlem, NY Gas Explosion

Direct Relief International: Ebola Outbreak/Western Africa

DuPagePads: Transportation During Winter/Freezing Temperatures

Family Shelter Service: Christmas Gifts for Families Served

Fellowship Christian Church: Repairs to Vehicle

National Compassion Fund: Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund

People's Resource Center: Urgent Need: New Refrigerator

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Damage to Washington, Illinois after deadly tornadoes
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Gas explosion in East Harlem, New York


Austin Disaster Relief Network: Flooding in Central Texas

Community Foundation of North Central Washington: Flooding

MAP International: Nepal Earthquake

Partners in Health: Flooding in Malawi

Robert R. McCormick Foundation: Rochelle/Fairdale, IL Tornadoes

Team Rubicon: Flooding in Central Texas

Team Rubicon: Nepal Earthquake

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Americares: Ecuador Earthquake

Americares: Hurricane Matthew

Convoy of Hope: Flooding in Louisiana

MAP International: Hurricane Matthew

National Center for Victims of Crime: Orlando Pulse Shooting

Refuge for Women: Recovery Program for Victims of Trafficking 

Samaritan's Purse: Flooding in Southeastern Texas

Team Rubicon: Fort McMurray Wildfire in Alberta, Canada

True Bethel Baptist Church: Urgent Need: Bottled Water for Flint, MI

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A rescue underway after major flooding impacted Austin, TX
Bottled water for residents of Flint, Michigan after lead was discovered in the water
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All Hands Volunteers: Hurricane Harvey  

Americares: Hurricane Harvey

Americares: Hurricane Maria

Austin Disaster Relief Network: Hurricane Harvey

Direct Relief International: Hurricane Harvey

Family Shelter Service: Collection of Items for Families Served

First Baptist Church of Sutherland Springs: Church Shooting

Hispanic Federation: Hurricane Maria/Puerto Rico

International Community Foundation: Earthquake in Mexico

MAP International: Hurricane Maria/Puerto Rico

New Name: Help for Women in the Adult Industry/Trafficking

National Compassion Fund: Shooting in Las Vegas

Redwood Credit Union Community Fund: Wildfires in California

Redwood Empire Food Bank: Wildfires in California

Refuge for Women: Recovery Program for Victims of Trafficking

Samaritan's Purse: Hurricane Irma

ShelterBox: Hurricane Irma

Team Rubicon: Gulf/Deep South Storm Relief

Team Rubicon: Hurricane Harvey

Team Rubicon: Hurricane Harvey

Unidos Por Puerto Rico: Hurricane Maria

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Americares: Hurricane Florence

Americares: Hurricane Michael

Broward County Health Foundation: Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School Shooting

Convoy of Hope: Wildfires in California

Destiny Rescue: In memory of First Trust's Rick Lunde/Stopping

Exploitation of Children

Family Shelter Service: Christmas Gifts for Families Served

Los Angeles Fire Department Foundation: Wildfires in California

National Disaster Search Dog Foundation: Mudslides in California

Potter's House: Guatemala Volcano

Santa Fe Texas Education Foundation: Santa Fe High School Shooting

Team Rubicon: Hurricane Florence

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The aftermath of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico
California wildfires burned out of control for months


Americares: Hurricane Dorian

Basic Dignities: Earthquake in Peru

Community Foundation of East Alabama: Lee County Tornado

Doctors Without Borders: Earthquake in Peru

El Paso Community Foundation: El Paso Shooting

Hispanic Federation: Hurricane Maria/Puerto Rico

International Rescue Committee: Venezuelan Migrant Crisis

International Rescue Committee: Earthquake in Peru

MAP International: Hurricane Dorian

Matthew 25 Ministries: Hurricane Dorian

Save the Children: Cyclone Idai

Save the Children: Venezuelan Refugee Crisis

Team Rubicon: Flooding in the Midwest

Team Rubicon: Hurricane Dorian

The Dayton Foundation: Hurricane Dorian

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Rescuers looking for survivors after earthquakes in northern Peru
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Food distribution by Central Texas Food Bank, 2020
Volunteers preparing food distribution at Milton Township, 2020


Americares: Covid Assistance

Americares: Wildfires in California

Austin Disaster Relief Network: Hurricane Laura

Central Texas Food Bank: Covid Assistance

Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee: Tornadoes

Community Texas Food Bank: Covid Assistance

Convoy of Hope: Wildfires in Australia

Convoy of Hope: Covid Assistance

Direct Relief International: Covid Assistance

DuPage Care Center: Covid Assistance

DuPagePads: Covid Assistance/Shelter-In-Place


Lazarus House: Covid Assistance

Meals on Wheels DuPage County: Covid Assistance

Metropolitan Family Services: Family Program Services

Midwest Homeless Shelter for Veterans: Covid Assistance

Milton Township Food Pantry: Covid Assistance

Northern Illinois Food Bank: Covid Assistance

Random Acts Matter: Covid Assistance
St. Bernard Project: Hurricane Laura
St. Charles Chamber of Commerce: Covid Assistance
Team Rubicon: Hurricane Laura
Vincare Services of Austin: Covid Assistance
Wayne Township: Covid Assistance



Central Texas Food Bank: Urgent Need/Freezing Temperatures

Clare Woods Academy: Urgent Needs/Family Relief/Equipment

Coral Gables Community Foundation: Surfside Condo Collapse

DuPage Care Center: Urgent Need/Sound Implementation Devices

Family Eldercare/Central Texas: Urgent Need/Freezing Temperatures

Milton Township Food Pantry: Covid Assistance

Ray Graham Association: Urgent Need/Covid Mitigation Air Purifiers

Team Western Kentucky Relief Fund: Tornadoes in Kentucky

Team Rubicon: Urgent Need/Freezing Temperatures in Texas

Team Rubicon: Surfside Condo Collapse

Team Rubicon: Earthquake in Haiti

Volunteer Houston: Urgent Need/Freezing Temperatures

West Suburban Community Pantry: Western Suburbs Tornadoes

Wheaton Park District: Covid Assistance

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Champlain Towers South Collapse in Surfside, Florida
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Chef Jose Andres, Founder of World Central Kitchen, on the ground in Ukraine feeding those most in need

2022 (to 6/30)

Americares: Aid for Ukraine

Americares: Aid for Those Impacted by Severe Flooding/Eastern KY

Care.Org: Aid for Ukraine

Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country: Uvalde Strong Fund

Direct Relief International: Aid for Ukraine

Matthew 25: Ministries: Aid for Ukraine

Save the Children: Aid for Ukraine

ShelterBox: Aid for Ukraine

Team Eastern Kentucky Relief Fund: Severe Flooding

Team Rubicon: Aid for Those Impacted by Severe Flooding/Eastern KY

United Service Organizations (USO): Eastern European Relief

World Central Kitchen: Aid for Ukraine