The Community Foundation of Northwestern Alberta and United Way Alberta Northwest have launched the High Level Rebuilding Fund.
Community Foundation CEO Tracey Vavrek says the new fund will not be in competition with urgent emergency funding organizations like the Red Cross, but rather a long term helping hand for those who need it.
“We dealt with the fires that happened through Slave Lake and Fort McMurray, and we know that when communities are dealt tragedies and situations like this that the support is needed today, but it also needs to be supported as they re-adjust, become reacquainted and also re-build back to strengthening their community.”
Vavrek says donations will not be doled out as soon as it comes in but will be endowed until it’s decided where it can best be used by the people who know where it’s needed most.
“These monies will be allocated per the discretion of the community… and that might be organizations or charities on the ground working with families to help them deal with circumstances or situations.”
She adds the people of High Level and surrounding area are proud and have done great work in getting the ball rolling, but hopes the extra can give them the boost they need to get back to normal lives as soon as possible.
“The community response from local businesses and individuals is so great to see, together we can restore hope and give this community a chance to rebuild their lives.”
For more information on the fund, you can visit their website.