GM Foundation Makes $500,000 for Tornado Recovery

Donated funds to go to Habitat for Humanity

NBC 5 News/Ken Kalthoff

The General Motors Foundation is pledging $500,000 to Habitat for Humanity to help victims recover from Wednesday's rash of tornadoes.

The funds will be used to help restore neighborhoods devastated by Wednesday's storms.

Officials said 97 of the 110 homes in the Rancho Bravo Estates neighborhood were damaged or destroyed by the tornadoes.  Many of the homes were built by Habitat for Humanity.

"Helping Texas residents rebuild and repair their homes is a critical priority for Habitat for Humanity International in the aftermath of the recent tornadoes," said Selim Bingol, vice president, GM Global Communications and Public Policy and Chairman of the GM Foundation. "Through the $500,000 grant from the GM Foundation and the recently donated Chevrolet Express Vans, we are helping the organization immediately provide financial and other important resources to those in need."

Habitat for Humanity is assessing the impact on affordable housing in the affected areas and will assist with clean up, repairs and new construction efforts.
Additionally, Chevrolet is sending 24 Express vans donated as mobile response units in 2012 after Hurricane Sandy to Hood, Johnson, Montague, Parker and Wise counties.

"The vans are filled with tools and equipment from Lowe's and Robert Bosch Tool Corporation," the foundation said in a news release.

The GM Foundation's support of Habitat for Humanity in 2013 also includes a $1 million grant for neighborhood revitalization efforts in 12 U.S. cities, including Arlington and Austin, where teamGM Cares volunteers will be deployed this year.

The GM Foundation's support of Texas also includes a recent $100,000 grant to the Red Cross to aid emergency management officials with relief efforts in West, Texas.

The GM Foundation also donates annually to the American Red Cross Disaster Responder Program to ensure the organization has funds to provide immediate relief when disaster strikes.

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