Florida Foundation deploys more than $1 million in disaster aid to the Bahamas
During the past nine months, The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has deployed more than $1 million in disaster relief aid to the hurricane-ravaged Bahamas.
The foundation’s Bahamas Disaster Relief Fund, established last fall with a matching gift of $100,000 from Palm Beach residents J. Ira and Nicki Harris, has distributed a variety of emergency grants through various charitable organizations to help rebuild portions of the island nation that were decimated by Hurricane Dorian in September.
Grant money has been used to rebuild and restore water systems, public docks, shelters, houses, and community centers in Man-O-War Cay, Treasure Cay, Green Turtle Cay, Coopers Town and the North Abaco district of the Bahamas, said Brad Hurlburt, foundation president and chief executive officer.
The fund was closed earlier this month after the remaining grant money was distributed.
“We have personally seen the total devastation that Hurricane Dorian caused, and through the generosity of members in our community, including Mr. and Mrs. Harris, we are building healthy, resilient economies that can bounce back faster after catastrophic events,” Hurlburt said.
The foundation worked closely with numerous charitable organizations to help distribute emergency grants to the Bahamas, including The Eagles’ Wings Foundation.
The West Palm Beach-based nonprofit organization, which provides emergency support to disaster-affected communities, has helped collect, organize and distribute supplies across the Abaco Islands.
The Community Foundation for Palm Beach and Martin Counties has provided more than $150 million in grants and scholarships over its nearly 50-year history.
Recently, it awarded $1 million in scholarship grants to local students.