Disaster Relief Grant Challenge Announced by the Cooke Foundation and Louisa County

LOUISA, VIRGINIA – The Louisa County Board of Supervisors is pleased to announce the William A. Cooke Foundation’s Louisa County Earthquake Recovery Program Challenge Grant. The Foundation has pledged to match the first $100,000 in individual donations to the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation to assist with the earthquake recovery effort. “The largest Virginia earthquake in historic times struck the heart of Louisa County, impacting our friends and neighbors,” said Chairman of the William A. Cooke Foundation Board of Directors, Wallace “Chuck” Tingler. “The mission of the Foundation is to provide support for the people of Louisa County. We were moved by the amount of destruction caused by the earthquake and felt this was the right thing to do.”

The purpose of the Louisa County Earthquake Recovery Program is to help Louisa County homeowners repair or rebuild uninsured or underinsured owner-occupied dwellings. Louisa County Board of Supervisors Chairman Willie Gentry said, “The amount of damage to our community is unprecedented, affecting all citizens of Louisa County. We are please to be partnered with the Cooke Foundation and the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation in establishing this program.”

Howard Evergreen, Executive Director for the Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation said, “We are very grateful to the Cooke Foundation for its generous challenge grant and the Board of Supervisors for its continued support and partnership. The application process for Louisa County homeowners is not yet open. The fund raising effort needs to make substantial progress before any funds can be distributed.”

To donate, please send checks made payable and addressed to Fluvanna/Louisa Housing Foundation – Earthquake Recovery Program, PO Box 160, Louisa, VA 23093.


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  1. […] 8.  Louisa County gets the worst of the August 23rd earthquake and countless significant aftershocks.  After delays, FEMA grants emergency aid. Field Officer John Haksch reports: On November 4th Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell announced that President Obama, supported by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), has reversed their previous decision to disqualify Louisa residents and businesses from receiving federal aid following the earthquake that rocked the county on August 23rd. The official request by the governor for assistance was made on September 20th, following thorough, weeks-long investigation by FEMA and both professional volunteers and county staff. Click here for more […]

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