Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Rochelle

(Rockford, Ill. - 08/28/2015) – Since the tornadoes that left a trail of devastation in several Northern Illinois communities, United Way of Rock River Valley reports that 100 percent of monies allocated to Ogle County from the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund has been spent directly on restoration efforts in Rochelle, Ill through American Red Cross of Northwest Illinois. Ogle County's share of the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund represents nearly $54,000 or 41 percent of total dollars.

United Way of Rock River Valley, in collaboration with Kishwaukee United Way, United Way of Boone County, United Way of Lee County, and United Way of Ogle County, created the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and long-term recovery efforts for communities devastated by tornadoes on April 9, 2015.

Over $130,000 was collected through the Northern Illinois Disaster Relief Fund, including contributions from Chicago Bears ($100,000) and FCA Foundation ($25,000), a charitable arm of FCA US LLC (formerly Fiat Chrysler Automobiles). Funds were allocated based on estimates of damage per county, without administrative fees, to relief and recovery efforts through the United Way partners as follows:

  • Kishwaukee United Way (DeKalb County) – $59,751 (46 percent)

  • United Way of Boone County – $13,000 (10 percent)

  • United Way of Lee County - $4,000 (3 percent)

  • United Way of Ogle County - $53,996 (41 percent)

Organizations that received United Way disaster fund assistance were evaluated and held strictly accountable. Agencies were required to prove services provided and demonstrate need for financial support.


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