The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Fund (IRRF) distributed $17,382.21 to 35 July flood victims and $15,160 to 31 February tornado victims, while the REALTOR® Relief Fund gave $5,294.47 to seven tornado victims, says Illinois REALTORS® Director of Operations Cathy Madaus.
IRRF is Illinois REALTORS® charitable arm which focuses on helping those affected by disasters, and has provided thousands of dollars in assistance over the past few years. The REALTOR® Relief Fund is a charitable arm of the National Association of REALTORS®.
Storms and heavy rains hit northern Illinois in early July, causing the state to declare disaster areas in Kane, Lake and McHenry counties. The Illinois REALTORS® Relief Fund (IRRF) started accepting applications for assistance from flood victims who are full-time Illinois residents and U.S. citizens who meet the criteria of the program. Maximum assistance is $500 per household, and money must be used for documented housing, subsistence and other needs such as assistance with an insurance deductible.
In late February and early March, tornadoes caused severe damage near Ottawa and Peoria. News reports indicated that two men were killed by a falling tree in Ottawa, and another was killed in the southern Illinois town of Crossville, in White County, near the Indiana border. EF-3 tornadoes caused severe damage in the communities of Naplate (near Ottawa) and Washburn (near Peoria).
Immediately following the tornadoes, several local associations also offered assistance to victims by donating gift cards for displaced victims or by making donations to the IRRF.
Although the application period is closed for the tornado victims, IRRF applications may still be submitted by flood victims through Oct. 1. If you know someone who needs assistance, please share the information. RRF applications are available, too.
To learn more about IRRF and its mission, go here.
To donate to the IRRF, go here.