CDF Raising Funds to Help Co-ops Recover from Hurricane Harvey
WASHINGTON, DC (Sept. 5, 2017) —The Cooperative Development Foundation is raising funds to assist cooperative businesses damaged by Hurricane Harvey.
While national and local organizations are responding to the immediate needs of storm survivors, CDF is focused on helping area cooperatives get back on their feet. Affected cooperatives are only now learning the extent of the damages caused by the storm. Loss of inventory, damaged buildings, lost business and wages are among Harvey’s disastrous impacts.
“CDF has a long history of providing needed and timely assistance to cooperatives impacted by natural disasters. Helping cooperatives recover from damage inflicted by Hurricane Harvey demonstrates the 6th and 7th Cooperative Principles: cooperation among cooperatives and concern for community,” said Rich Larochelle, chair of CDF’s board of directors.
In response to other disasters, CDF’s disaster recovery fund has helped replace a furnace in a housing cooperative damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012, reopen a North Dakota food cooperative after flood damage, and replace coffee processing equipment following a 2016 earthquake in Ecuador. CDF also supported technical assistance to develop cooperatives in the Gulf Coast following Hurricane Katrina.
So far, CDF has raised close to $4,500 for Hurricane Harvey relief.
CDF will work directly with cooperatives affected by the storm as well as cooperative centers and sector associations to determine how donations can best be utilized to help cooperatives return to business.
Donors can contribute to CDF’s Disaster Recovery fund through CDF’s website, http://www.cdf.coop/hurricane-harvey, or by sending a check to CDFat 1775 Eye St NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006; with Hurricane Harvey Disaster Recovery on the memo line.
CDF has also partnered with NRECA to raise funds specifically for rural electric cooperatives and workers who have suffered from Hurricane Harvey. Contributors who would like to donate directly to electric co-ops and their workers can do so through CDF’s website: http://www.cdf.coop/nreca/.
The Cooperative Development Foundation promotes community economic and social development through cooperatives. CDF is a thought leader in the use of cooperatives to create resilient communities, including the housing and care needs of seniors. Through its funds, fiscal sponsorships, and fundraising, CDF provides grants and loans that foster cooperative development domestically and abroad. CDF’s Cooperative Hall of Fame recognizes the accomplishments of outstanding cooperative leaders at the National Press Club in Washington, DC each year. http://www.cdf.coop/