01/01/2019 Update: As of the beginning of 2019, nearly two full years after the tornado affecting the Village of Naplate and the City of Ottawa, the Disaster Recovery Fund had accumulated more than $326,000. We are proud of the response from the community and others who have shown empathy for those affected by the February 28, 2017 tornado. We are, of course, still accepting donations and will be as long as there is a need for recovery funds. The Long Term Disaster Recovery Team continues to meet whenever a new need for financial assistance arises, and nearly $306,000 has already been distributed to members of our community in need.
6/19/17 Update: As we pass the 100 day mark, the Disaster Recovery Fund has grown to over $275,000.00! With more money still coming in daily, the growth is definitely not done, even though it has slowed considerably. Although the response from the community has been phenomenal, there are still many who need help and the fund has not grown quite enough to help everyone. IN SHORT, WE STILL NEED DONATIONS! The Long Term Disaster Recovery Team is now accepting applications for assistance and some have already been approved. We are on the way to recovery on this long and winding road; lets traverse it together.
Financial donations are being accepted by the SRCCF to assist individuals, families and businesses impacted by the February 28, 2017 tornado and related storms. CLICK ON THE DONATE BUTTON to make a contribution online.
It is ALWAYS best to go to the source! The Starved Rock Country Community Foundation is not and never has charged an administrative fee for the Disaster Recovery Fund. %100 of the donations received will be distributed to those in financial need as a result of the February 28th tornado. If you need financial assistance call 1-800-451-1954 to obtain a case number. After obtaining your case number, a case worker will contact you to help you apply for assistance.
100% of contributions to the Disaster Recovery Fund will be used for LOCAL recovery efforts. No administrative fees are being assessed against the Fund.
If you prefer to make a financial contribution by mail, please make your check payable to SRCCF and mail to:
Starved Rock Country Community Foundation
718 Columbus Street
Ottawa, IL 61350
In person financial donations may also be made at the First National Bank of Ottawa, 701 LaSalle Street, Ottawa, IL 61350. Make checks payable to SRCCF.
Financial Plus Credit Union has also partnered with the Community Foundation to accept financial contributions for the Disaster Recovery Fund. Visit Financial Plus to find out what locations you can visit to donate.
All financial contributions made for Disaster Recovery will be restricted for use ONLY for local Disaster Recovery.
The Community Foundation will coordinate disaster relief efforts with other appropriate agencies in the community.
For the most up-to-date information on the disaster that occurred on February 28, please visit this page. This is a direct link to the LaSalle County Tornado Facebook, they will have the most up-to-date and accurate information available.