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Flood Relief

The worst of times often bring out the best in people. And that is certainly the case in Illinois as thousands of volunteers have mobilized to help our neighbors in flood-damaged communities along the Mississippi River. Here are some more ways you can help:

United Way

United Way is deeply concerned about the welfare of the people and communities facing the devastating floods in the Midwest, and they are taking a leadership role in the recovery efforts by establishing the United Way 2008 Midwest Flood Recovery Fund.

Please contact United Way if any of your employees, loved ones or offices have been affected. Thanks for your leadership in this important recovery work, and for all you do for communities every day.

For more information or to donate to the fund visit:

The American Red Cross

The American Red Cross is asking for donations to help provide food and shelter for flood victims. You can help by making a financial gift to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to victims of disaster.

The American Red Cross honors donor intent. If you wish to designate your donation to a specific disaster please do so at the time of your donation. Call 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions to the Disaster Relief Fund may be sent to your local American Red Cross chapter or to:

American Red Cross
PO Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013

Internet users can make a secure online contribution by visiting

The Salvation Army

The Salvation Army has been on the frontlines of service, providing food, hydration, clean-up kits and spiritual and emotional care. To donate, visit The Salvation Army's site at

The Family Farm Disaster Fund

The Family Farm Disaster Fund was established by Farm Aid to help farm families survive weather-related disasters.

Farm Aid is helping family farmers through this disaster by:

  • Providing emergency funds for families to allow them to buy food and cover family living expenses.
  • Supporting emergency hotlines that provide legal, financial and emotional counseling to struggling farmers.
  • Providing legal and financial counseling to farmers in danger of losing their farms.

Donations to the Family Farm Disaster Fund will help Farm Aid directly address the needs of farms in crisis. Please help Farm Aid help them.

To find out more go to: Farm Aid Disaster Relief Fund

If you are a farmer who needs help call: 1-800-FARMAID (1-800-327-6243) or e-mail

Neighbors in Need

The McCormick Foundation, in partnership with several organizations across the Midwest, has launched the Neighbors In Need Campaign 2008.

The Neighbors in Need 2008 campaign will support nonprofit agencies providing short-term and long-term aid to flood victims in the five impacted states. The McCormick Foundation will match the first $1 million raised at 50 cents on the dollar. All administrative costs will be paid by the Foundation, allowing all funds raised and all matching dollars to be granted directly to local organizations helping flood victims and their families.

Those who wish to donate can do any of the following:

  1. Call the toll-free phone number 1-866-242-5006
  2. Mail a check to
  3. McCormick Foundation
    435 N. Michigan Ave., Suite 790
    Attn: Neighbors in Need 2008
    Chicago, IL 60611