In an effort to meet the needs of Kentucky communities impacted by the December 2021 tornados, Kentucky Sports Radio (KSR) and the Kentucky Chamber Foundation held a tornado relief roundtable on Wednesday, February 23 at the Kentucky Chamber of Commerce office in Frankfort.
After the devastating storms hit, the Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Kentucky Sports Radio partnered to launch a western Kentucky relief fund, which has raised nearly $1.5 million from more than 7,000 individual contributions.
The event brought together local elected officials, nonprofit organizations, charities, and other leaders to coordinate recovery efforts. Other groups that have also raised significant funds dedicated to tornado relief were involved in the event, giving them the ability to hear directly from leaders in the impacted communities.
Attendees discussed the long and short term needs they are seeing in the communities surrounding housing, mental health, rebuilding businesses, and much more.
“Yesterday was an important day to listen to our western Kentucky neighbors and learn more about the region’s current and longer-term needs. It was also inspiring to witness the resiliency and strength of western Kentucky as we work towards rebuilding. All of Kentucky must continue to support these communities now and for the foreseeable future,” said Senior Vice President of the Kentucky Chamber Foundation Beth Davisson.
The Kentucky Chamber Foundation and Kentucky Sports Radio plan to continue working with these groups to deploy funds in the most effective way possible.
The KSR Tornado Relief Fund is still open and accepting donations to help those impacted and meet the needs of the region. The fund can be found here.