In the wake of what has been described as a “tragedy without precedent,” NCF givers from across the country have asked how they can help provide relief for the victims’ families devastated by the Surfside building collapse in South Florida.
Thanks to the quick response of our South Florida office, NCF givers nationwide have an opportunity to help fund immediate needs that have been carefully vetted, as well as the long-term recovery efforts of local churches and agencies on the ground in the Surfside community.
Stephan Tchividjian, president of NCF South Florida, says the collapse is one of the most devastating events in Florida’s history. In response, his office activated their Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund as a designated resource to provide hope, help, and healing. “Our NCF team here has always made a commitment to collaboratively respond to the pain of our community well after the news cycle has ended,” Tchividjian says. “Surfside is no different.”
With an initial and immediate goal of $75,000, NCF South Florida hopes to help its partners – local churches and community nonprofits, as well as state and local officials who are serving on the ground in Surfside. One hundred percent of the funds raised will go directly to relief and recovery efforts for the victims’ families and first responders.
Funds have already been deployed to assist a local church that is serving as a chaplaincy hub and centralized station for meals and hydration for visiting and out-of-state first responders. Another portion of the funds will go to Wellspring Counseling, which is providing much-needed trauma counseling to the victims’ families and first responders who have been overwhelmed by the recovery efforts. Sadly, one of the ministry’s own counselors lived in the Surfside building, and she and her daughter remain in critical care after undergoing several surgeries.
One NCF family in South Florida has offered to match up to $10,000 in gifts to the fund.
If you feel called to give toward the relief efforts, the simplest way is through a fund-to-fund transfer to the The NCFSF Disaster Relief and Crisis Fund (Fund #294210) from your Giving Fund. If you don’t have a Giving Fund yet, you can open one in minutes.
Watch for updates on the work being done on NCF South Florida’s website.
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