United Way of Central Ohio is deeply saddened by the recent tragic mass shootings: the racially motivated attack in Buffalo, NY and the murder of 19 children and two teachers at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, TX, the second deadliest school shooting in America’s history. Our hearts are with the families and communities.
To help the communities of Uvalde and Buffalo, please consider sharing and supporting these funds:
Robb Elementary Memorial Fund
First State Bank (FSB) of Uvalde has created a fund for the families of Robb Elementary. To donate, you may send Zelle funds using the email address email@example.com, share a donation in person at any FSB branch, or send via mail to: Robb School Memorial Fund, 200 E Nopal Street, Uvalde, TX 78801.
United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County’s United with Uvalde Fund
Donations will provide mental health services for students, teachers, and families in Uvalde. Funds will be made available to nonprofit organizations with expertise in providing direct trauma services for communities impacted by tragedy. Learn more here.
The Uvalde Strong Fund, hosted by the Community Foundation of the Texas Hill Country
The Uvalde Strong Fund supports victims, families, and others affected by the tragedy. Under the direction and oversight of an Advisory Committee, grants will support:
- Aid for families affected by this tragedy
- Aid for nonprofits providing essential response services
- Aid for medical institutions caring for victims
- Aid for organizations conducting long-term efforts for the Uvalde community
Buffalo Together Community Response Fund
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County have established two ways for you to financially support the Buffalo community in moving forward. First, the Buffalo 5/14 Survivors Fund that supports the survivors of the deceased and those directly affected by this tragedy. Second, the Buffalo Together Community Response Fund that addresses needs in the Buffalo community beyond those directly affected. Learn more here.
If someone you know needs mental health support, in the wake of these tragedies, please encourage them to call 211 or visit 211.org. Trained call center operators will connect them with locally available resources.
Every person deserves the opportunity to pursue their hopes and dreams, get a quality education, live in safe and affordable neighborhoods, and pursue careers with economic mobility. United Way believes in accountability and common-sense laws. We won’t stop advocating for safety, equity and access to opportunities for every person in every community.
Local Resources for Children and Adults:
Action for Children: https://www.actionforchildren.org/emotional-wellness-resources/
Mental Health America of Ohio: https://mhaohio.org/parent-resources-trauma/