Fund Pledges Additional Resources For Hurricane Michael Relief

Hurricane Michael caused severe damage to Port St. Joe, Florida, a community with deep ties to the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 57% of structures, (homes and businesses with addresses in the town) were damaged and residents are facing extraordinary costs as they clean up properties and arrange temporary housing.

“This is clearly one of the worst disasters to befall one of the Fund’s core communities and the need is overwhelming,” said Katie Ensign, senior program officer for the Jessie Ball duPont Fund. “We’re going to stay alert for opportunities to provide short and long-term recovery support.”

The Fund supported the immediate disaster response through a $250,000 grant to the Salvation Army and a $100,000 grant to the American Red Cross. In addition, the Fund’s trustees approved disaster response grants including:

  • Christian Community Development Fund, Port St. Joe, up to $100,000 to support the volunteer home repair program. Funds will support housing and feeding volunteers, purchasing supplies and materials for mold prevention, and providing supplies for home repairs.
  • Gulf Coast CareerSource, Panama City, up to $50,000 to support the Community Resource Center in North Port St. Joe, allowing it to provide emergency financial assistance to low-income residents facing extraordinary costs for tree and debris removal and roof repairs.
  • First United Methodist Church, Port St. Joe, $125,000 for community outreach relief efforts needed as a result of the storm.

The trustees also authorized a funding initiative to support Jessie Ball duPont Fund grantees in Gulf County, Florida, with distinct short-term relief needs.

The Jessie Ball duPont Fund works to expand access and create opportunity by investing in people, organizations and communities that were important to Jessie Ball duPont. The Fund has assets of $309 million and has awarded more than $376 million in grants since 1977.