Tornado Recovery Effort Fund 14 Jul 16

Hutchinson, MN – Southwest Initiative Foundation has established a tornado recovery fund in partnership with its community affiliate, Litchfield Area Community Foundation. This emergency fund, called the Meeker County Tornado Recovery Effort Fund, will help those impacted by the July 11, 2016, tornadoes in Meeker County with financial assistance related to long-term recovery efforts.

Donations to the fund are tax deductible to the full extent of the law because Southwest Initiative Foundation is a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Gifts can be made in several ways, including: Check payable to “Meeker County Tornado Recovery Effort Fund” and dropped off at the Litchfield Chamber office; online with a credit card; or, call the SWIF office at 800-594-9480 and ask to speak with Nancy Fasching.

Fasching is SWIF’s community impact director and oversees its grant programs. “In times of an emergency, the immediate response from organizations like the Red Cross is absolutely crucial. But long-term recovery efforts are just as important. That’s where Southwest Initiative Foundation and Litchfield Area Community Foundation can help,” said Fasching.

Donations given to the fund will be made available to those impacted by the tornadoes, according to Fasching. “We’ll know more about the type and level of support we’ll be able to provide within the next two weeks.”

“We’ve already heard the stories of neighbors helping neighbors and local businesses opening their doors after hours to help. It’s heartwarming. And, this fund is a vehicle for those who also want to make a financial contribution,” added Fasching.

On Monday evening July 11, 2016, thunderstorms produced at least four tornadoes across central Minnesota. Areas hardest hit were Watkins and northwest Litchfield.

For more information about the Meeker County Tornado Recovery Effort Fund, contact Nancy Fasching at 800-594-9480 or