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Crisis Relief

Crisis Outreach | National FFA Organization

Support FFA members and FFA chapters in times of need

Unexpected events affect FFA members, their families, advisors, chapters and communities from time to time. This page is designed to serve as a starting point for others looking to help in various ways. We also encourage those among us -- our student members, advisors, alumni and supporters -- to help local FFA chapters during their times of need.

Current events affecting FFA members, chapters and their communities:

California Wildfires (October 2017):

The scope of the fires in California is coming into focus, and FFA chapters and members have been impacted. 

The Santa Rosa FFA lost their chapter farm, including a school-owned teacherage.  Other FFA chapters impacted include Bear River, Grass Valley, Healdsburg, Napa, Nevada Union, Oroville Las Plumas, Potter Valley, St. Helena, Ukiah and Willits.

Atwater, Calif., agriculture teacher Natalie Borba is organizing relief efforts, including the gathering of livestock feed and  nonperishable supplies (clothing, food, personal care items and money/gift cards) for FFA members.  Natalie is the contact for any out-of-state chapters/individuals who would like to contribute to the need in northern California; nborba@muhsd.org or 951-966-2280.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria Relief for Puerto Rico

Many of you in recent weeks have reached out about helping our friends in Puerto Rico after hurricanes Irma and Maria. The situation, as widely reported, is devastating. There is significant catastrophic damage, and lines for rationed food, gas and water often stretch for days. Survival remains the top priority. The storms have especially impacted our FFA members and advisors, many of whom work and live on the outskirts of the heaviest population centers.

National FFA recently established limited contact with state staff, and we are working with them. We will pass along news about how to support our FFA members in Puerto Rico when it becomes available.

We ask that you direct any questions to our Local Program Success team.

If you would like to help with a financial contribution, please send a check or money order to:

PR FFA Association
Attn:  Noemi Ramirez – FFA Executive Secretary
P.O. Box 190759
San Juan, PR 00919-0759

Please make checks payable to the Futuros Agricultores de America (the account name is registered in Spanish).  Write "Hurricane Relief" in the memo section of the check or money order.  Donations are tax-deductible.

As soon as we have an update from our chapters in the U.S. Virgin Islands, we'll update this webpage. 

 

Hurricane Harvey (August 2017):

The Gulf Coast and Southeast Texas have been the center of devastation from Hurricane Harvey. This significant weather event has caused damage and flooding to homes, farms, schools, roads and cities.

For those looking for a way to help, Texas Team Ag Ed has reactivated the "A New Day: Texas Agricultural Education Disaster Relief Fund." Donations to this fund will be dispersed, via an application process, directly to the programs and chapters affected by this tragedy.

To donate, visit the fund donation site. You can also donate by sending a check or money order to:

Texas FFA Foundation
Attn: A New Day Crisis Fund
614 E. 12th Street
Austin,TX 78701

Please make checks payable to the Texas FFA Foundation and write “A New Day Crisis Fund” in the memo section of the check or money order. Donations are tax deductible.

Arkansas Flooding (May 2017):

Flooding of the Black River has caused extensive damage near Pocahonatas, Ark. The Pocohontas FFA Chapter is coordinating donations for affected community members.

If there are any FFA Chapters wanting to help with donations (cleaning supplies, food items, batteries, towels, bedding, spoons/knives/forks or paper products) they can bring them to the Pocahontas Agriculture Department in Pocahontas. The chapter will take them to the local shelters. 

If you have any questions please contact Joe Washburn, Pocahontas agriculture education instructor at 870-243-3061.

Oklahoma & Kansas (March 2017):

If you are looking for assistance or looking to provide assistance there are several organizations that are coordinating efforts.

» Kansas Wildfire Recovery Resources

» Oklahoma Wildfire Recovery Resources

If you know of a FFA member,chapter or community in need please email media@ffa.org

How to Help

Support FFA chapters

Should an FFA chapter require assistance to rebuild or replace resources lost in a crisis, state FFA foundations will help coordinate direct financial assistance. The state FFA foundation will handle the logistics of seeking, receiving and dispersing donations made in these specific instances. This allows an FFA chapter to focus on its core needs while experts in their state handle the often time-consuming task of financial assistance. The state FFA foundation may also pass along information related to events where community members can gather to help with necessary physical tasks.

Support FFA members and their communities

The very best way to show support for FFA members, families and others impacted is to financially support the organizations best trained and built to handle these crisies. These organizations include: American Red Cross or the Salvation Army.

These agencies have staff and volunteers on the ground in the event of a crisis charged with meeting the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of those affected by the situation. Financial donations help crisis relief agencies, who know best what the critical needs are, have the funds to purchase what’s immediately needed – blankets, cots, food and drinks, water, tents, toiletry items, child-care item and others.

Nearby FFA chapters looking to help in disaster areas should coordinate volunteer efforts with those organizations to ensure appropriate assistance and safety prior to any in-person relief efforts.