The recent wave of tornadoes hit Tuscaloosa about as hard as anywhere in the country. “We lost 100 members in five minutes,” said Donnie Jones, the EVP of the Chamber of Commerce of West Alabama. The city of Tuscaloosa has asked the chamber to be in charge of collecting donations for relief. Those wishing to help the Tuscaloosa area tornado victims may donate on this Web site: www.givetuscaloosa.com. Donations will go directly to victims.
Chamber staff are working 16- and 20-hour days managing information on the recovery and serving as contacts for distressed businesses. While the chamber is not looking for donations, new members are welcome – in ACCE’s opinion, a great way to provide a small amount of financial relief while expressing solidarity in a way that every chamber understands. Nonprofit membership in the chamber is $270 and can be given through this Web site: www.tuscaloosachamber.com.