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2014 Disaster Relief Fund Donor Report now Available

HIGH RIVER, AB: A report on the disbursement and use of funds donated to the High River Disaster Relief Fund is now available and can be viewed on the Town of High River website at www.highriver.ca. under “Town Hall” then “Plans and Reports”. The report was presented to council by the Community Donations Advisory Committee (CDAC) at the Monday, Jan. 12 meeting.

“The huge outpouring of support we received from organizations and individuals across the country was simply amazing. Their donations have directly assisted High River residents affected by the flood,” said Bev Warner, chair of CDAC. “The report shows donors some examples of the positive impact their donation has made on the community.”

CDAC is comprised of members of the community and was tasked by council to develop and manage the process for dispersing the High River Disaster Relief Funds, as well as tracking and reporting back on their use.

To date a total of $820,000 has been approved in two rounds of grant funding held in February and June of 2014. In total 45 community groups and organizations received assistance through the fund to go towards projects that directly benefitted High River residents in their flood recovery.

There is currently $327,000 available in the High River Disaster Relief Fund to be allocated in a third round of funding.

There is still a lot of work to be done in the community and donations can continue to be made to the High River Disaster Relief Fund by calling 403-603-3538 or emailing DisasterReliefFund@highriver.ca. Cheques can be made payable to the “High River Disaster Relief Fund” and mailed to:

Town of High River Renewal Office

309B Macleod Trail S.W.

High River, AB  T1V 1Z5

Recipients

In total 45 community groups and organizations received assistance through the High River Disaster Relief Fund totaling $820,000. Some of these groups included:

World Renew:

  • Home rebuilding program: $205,000.
  • Funds were used to rebuild homes
    to pre-flood conditions and to obtain
    engineering reports and construction
    quotes.
  • 200 families served
  • 10 homes rebuilt

Outreach for High River:

  • Assistance program to identify and help
    victims of the flood: $150,000.
  • Funds were used to provide essentials including food, seasonal clothing, shelter,payment of bills and other extraordinaryneeds for flood survivors.
  • 134 families served
  • 326 individuals served

Mennonite Disaster Service

  • Home rebuilding program: $75,000.
  • Funds were used to repair and remediate homes.
  • 6 families served

    Habitat for Humanity

  • Secure a lot to build homes: $66,000.
  • Funds were used to purchase land for the construction of a duplex to house flood affected families.
  • 4 families served

High River Centennial Library

  • Recovery of lost contents program: $12,000.
  • Funds were used to purchase computer equipment to provide internet access, computer instruction and programming for the community.
  • 4,600 individuals served

Rotary Club of High River

George Lane Park renewal: $20,000.

Funds were used to purchase lights for the “Light Up George Lane Park” project, an amazing display of lights in the heart of High River’s downtown, which was badly damaged in the flood.

1000+ individuals served

200 families served

Literacy for Life

  • Supporting Literacy: $2,500.
  • Funds were used to replace books and board games lost by High River residents to try and bring a bit of normalcy back into their lives.
  • 45 families served

Highwood High School

  • Graduating Class of 2014: $2,500.
  • Funds were used to assist families with the cost of graduation, many of whom were still struggling financially from the flood.
  • 900 individuals served
  • 135 families served

Room in a Box

  • Funding: $5,000.
  • Funds were used to purchase basic items for High River flood victims.
  • The items were grouped according to a room in a house and residents could select the rooms where they needed assistance.
  • 500+ families served
  • 2000+ boxes handed out to the community

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