The Moody Foundation granted $860,000 to the United Way of Galveston County for a major rebuilding initiative next month after Hurricane Harvey flooded thousands of properties across the county.
The $860,000 grant will help pay for a two-week rebuilding trip coordinated by Eight Days of Hope in partnership with 4B Disaster Recovery Network from March 10 to March 24, according to the foundation. The groups plan to deploy about 4,000 volunteers from across the country to begin rebuilding homes, according to the foundation.
The groups hope to rebuild about 1,000 flooded homes, according to the foundation. The Rebuild Texas, a disaster recovery fund, had asked organizations to meet a $860,000 challenge to help pay for the $2.1 million project by 4B Disaster Recovery Network, according to the foundation.
“Six months after Hurricane Harvey, the homes of thousands of Galveston County families are still unlivable,” said Frances Moody-Dahlberg, chairwoman and executive director of the Moody Foundation.
“Getting our neighbors back into their homes is a critical milestone on the road to normalcy. The Moody Foundation is pleased to help Galveston County families in their recovery efforts, and grateful to other funders and nonprofits joining us in this effort.”
The Moody Foundation already has donated money for Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. In August 2017, the foundation contributed $1 million to help with emergency relief, including temporary housing.
“Galveston is the Moody Foundation’s home, so the desire to support our community’s recovery comes from the heart,” said Ross R. Moody, trustee of the Moody Foundation and CEO of National Western Life Group. “Recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey will be a long process but helping our neighbors get back in their homes will make a big difference.”