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United Way of the Midlands Creates Fund To Aid Nebraska and Iowa Tornado Victims

Tornado storm clouds above the shed in the countryside
Tornado storm clouds above the shed in the countryside
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Thousands of people in Nebraska and Iowa are in need of assistance as recent tornadoes have displaced

families, destroyed homes and devastated communities. In response, United Way of the Midlands

(UWM) has created the Nebraska & Iowa Tornado Relief Fund (NITRF).

Individuals can contribute to the fund to help our neighbors impacted by this disaster by visiting, texting TORNADO24 to 41444 or calling 402-522-7962. One-

hundred percent of every donation will be directed to nonprofit programs meeting people’s need for

emergency shelter and essential needs, such as food and clothing.

Donors can also direct their gift to victims affected by tornadoes in Waverly, NE, and UWM will distribute

those funds to the United Way of Lincoln and Lancaster County who serves that area.

In addition, UWM is assisting those affected by the storms through its 2-1-1 Helpline which serves Nebraska

and Iowa. The 211 Helpline is partnering with the Douglas County Emergency Management Agency to take

storm damage reports from individuals within the county.

People in need of post-storm assistance can connect with the Helpline by calling 2-1-1, texting their ZIP code

to 898211 or visiting Community Referral Specialists will be available to assist callers 24/7. All

calls are free and confidential, but standard message and data rates may apply when texting. Assistance is

available in more than 200 languages using the tele-interpreter service and bilingual staff.

UWM is also taking sign-ups for volunteers who would like to assist with clean-up and recovery efforts in

affected areas. While volunteers are not being deployed at this time due to safety concerns, UWM is

coordinating with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department and will share information on available

opportunities at a later time. Individuals interested in volunteering are asked to register on UWM’s volunteer

platform at


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