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Wildfire Relief Grant Awarded from Episcopal Relief & Development

May 2, 2024 | News Releases

In March, over one hundred wildfires broke out in Shenandoah County, Page County, Shenandoah National Park and Valley, and Fort Valley as a result of downed power lines.

The Episcopal Diocese of Virginia has received a grant for wildfire relief efforts from Episcopal Relief & Development. Through this grant, local Episcopal congregations will be able to provide cash assistance to families and volunteer firefighters who have been affected by the fires.

The Rev. Canon d’Rue Hazel, diocesan Canon to the Ordinary, worked closely with Episcopal Relief & Development to secure this grant.

“We thank God for Episcopal Relief & Development and this grant. It will further our wildfire relief efforts in the Southern Shenandoah Valley Region.”

Tamara Plummer, Senior Program Officer, Global Program, Episcopal Relief & Development, shares these encouraging words.

“We are grateful for the diocese’s partnership with us in helping those who have been financially impacted by the wildfires. Using their asset-based approach and working together with both church and community partners has allowed them to have a larger impact than if they went at it alone.”

Read Episcopal Relief & Development’s press release regarding this grant.