Foundation to work with 45 partners to deploy funds
GALVESTON, Texas – February 25, 2021 – The Moody Foundation is pledging more than $3,000,000 in grants to 45 organizations across Texas to deliver critical supplies and immediate services to Texans impacted by Winter Storm Uri.
This weather crisis has had a devastating impact on the entire state of Texas. More than 4 million Texans endured record-low, below-freezing temperatures, with no power and water for several days. The storm also prompted statewide city boil notices to around 7 million people, who already had little to no water. Critical facilities like water treatment centers and hospitals were forced offline, and many homes and buildings suffered extensive damages from burst pipes and collapsed roofs.
As seen during the pandemic, the most vulnerable and marginalized populations were hit the hardest. Low-income communities had limited access to food, were unable to afford hotel accommodations to keep warm and experienced unforeseen financial challenges, made more difficult without a financial safety net.
“The Moody Foundation exists to serve our fellow Texans,” said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation. “We’ve witnessed and personally experienced the havoc that was wreaked by this winter storm.”
“After a challenging week for Texas, it’s our hope these funds will provide the basic necessities to benefit those still dealing with the long-lasting effects from the storm,” said Ross Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “We’re honored to partner with local nonprofits to get care to those who need it most.”
The pledged funds will be distributed to regions across Texas and reflect their most immediate needs. For instance, in Dallas, several shelters sustained significant damage. In Central Texas, residents already struggling from pandemic-related losses suffered additional losses from the storm. In Galveston County, many City of Galveston municipal workers, who dedicated their time attending to the needs of the city’s residents during the storm, were unable to secure their own homes.
“We’re inspired by stories of neighbors helping neighbors,” said Elizabeth Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation. “Texans are resilient, and we will overcome this crisis, just like any other, together.”
The Moody Foundation is working with its partners to carefully and thoughtfully deploy the winter storm relief funds as quickly as possible. Learn more at moodyf.org.
About the Moody Foundation
The Moody Foundation was established by W.L. Moody, Jr. and Libbie Shearn Moody in 1942 to share their good fortune and make a difference in the lives of the people of Texas. Since then, the Foundation has pledged and awarded more than $1.8 billion in grants throughout the state to organizations that have educated, healed, nurtured and inspired generations of Texans. The Moody Foundation continues with a board of three trustees: Frances Moody-Dahlberg, Ross Moody and Elizabeth Moody. Learn more at MoodyF.org and follow the Foundation on Facebook and Instagram for the latest updates.
Kami Lee representing Moody Foundation