Community Fund donates $5,000 to support Chattanooga tornado relief efforts

28 / April / 2020

Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia experienced multiple tornados on Easter night, at least one of which was classified EF3. Reaching speeds of up to 145mph, this tornado was accompanied with thunderstorms, heavy rain, high winds, and hail. This weather event left a wide band of damage including flooding, downed trees, infrastructure damage, and power outages. Dozens of homes, offices, and buildings were severely damaged.

In the wake of this storm, Barge Community Fund gave $5,000 to the American Red Cross of Southeast Tennessee via the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. This grant was organized through the office of Darrin Ledford, Chattanooga City Council, 4th District.

Our firm is committed to caring for the communities in which we live, work, and serve. The Community Fund was established to support these efforts. The Foundation typically awards grants in fall and spring cycles, however, emergency gifts are considered outside of these time frames. Cendy Dodd shares, “The ability to respond to events like the Chattanooga tornado is why Barge’s Community Fund was established. We aim to help in the areas where we live and work, both professionally and through community efforts like this. We are thankful all of our employees and their families are okay, and that Barge can lend a hand.” Over $240,000 has been donated to employee-nominated, 501(c)3 charitable organizations since 2014 through this employee-funded granting organization.

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