Oklahoma Tornado Relief

The Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego extends its deepest sympathy and support to the people of the Oklahoma City area in the wake of the massive tornado that killed at least two dozen people, injured scores of others and devastated entire neighborhoods. The suburb of Moore bore the brunt of the killer storm. The twister flattened an elementary school, killing seven children. More than 100 people have been pulled from the rubble of residences and commercial buildings, according to news reports.

If you would like to provide assistance to those impacted by this crisis, please see below for funding opportunities.

Jewish Federation of San Diego

The Jewish Federation has opened a mailbox to gather aid for Oklahoma tornado victims. Funds will be directed to the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City. One hundred percent of the funds donated will support relief efforts on the ground. The local Federation is coordinating initiatives on the ground with longtime partners, including the local food bank, Habitat for Humanity and the Red Cross.

Operation USA

Los Angeles-based international relief agency Operation USA is providing emergency aid where needed to community-based health organizations across Oklahoma in the wake of the tornado. Operation USA is readying essential material aid– emergency, shelter and cleaning supplies– to send to where it’s most needed. Any funds collected for the disaster will be spent in Oklahoma helping community health organizations and schools recover from damage sustained from the severe storm system.

Since 1979, Operation USA has worked in 100 countries, delivering over $400 million for relief and development projects. The organization provided millions of dollars in supplies as well as cash grants to Gulf Coast community health clinics in order to address the needs of those affected by Hurricane Katrina. Operation USA also aided community clinics in Joplin, Missouri following a deadly tornado that struck the area in 2011. Material and monetary aid provided in the wake of these disasters ensured the clinics’ continuity of operations and allowed them to provide critical disaster relief and social services to affected communities.

Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma

Established in 1980, the Regional Food Bank is Oklahoma’s largest private hunger-relief organization. In the last fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 42.2 million pounds of food and product through a network of nearly 1,000 partner agencies and schools throughout 53 central and western Oklahoma counties. The Regional Food Bank provides enough food to feed more than 90,000 people each week – nearly half of which are children. The Food Bank is supporting tornado victims with needed food and supplies.

Disaster Grantmaking Resources:

  • Tips for Giving in Times of Crisis, Charity Navigator. 10 quick reminders to make sure your emergency giving has the most impact. Read more »
  • We Were There: The Role of Philanthropy in National Disasters, Council on Foundations. Four stories of how philanthropy responded to national disasters and focused on long-term solutions. Read the PDF »