Chrysler Helps Atlanta Tornado Victims

March 26, 2008

Chrysler LLC and The Chrysler Foundation are helping out the city of Atlanta, which still has streets blocked off and damaged buildings yet to be razed after an F2 tornado hit the city on March 14th.

As a part of the effort, the Chrysler Foundation will donate $50,000 to Hands On Atlanta to help the recovery and to aid the victims of the storm. The President of The Chrysler Foundation, Frank Fountain said that the Chrysler Foundation was “proud to partner with Hands On Atlanta to help the citizens of Atlanta recover from the devastating effects of the recent tornado.”

Shortly after the storm, city volunteers began clearing the area of debris. They cleared most of the Georgia capital's streets, covered damaged roads, and boarded up broken windows and doors. But two weeks after the storm, downtown Atlanta still has broken glass on streets, some of which remain closed. Yesterday, the city's police identified the first fatality from the storm.

Fountain said the foundation’s contributions will go towards repairing and restoring homes, parks, and schools, and the cleanup effort.

Currently, Hands On Atlanta has more than 1,000 volunteers helping out with the damage in Atlanta and some surrounding neighborhoods that were affected by the storm. They will also be moving more trees and debris from the roads, public areas, and yards.

Tracy Hoover, CEO of Hands On Atlanta, said that in the weeks ahead, her foundation will tackle the hardest part of the tornado aftermath, the rebuilding of houses in the historic Cabbagetown and Vine City neighborhoods. She said The Chrysler Foundation’s support funds will be used by the volunteers who will be working with the community residents, leaders, and school administrators.

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