Relief efforts of the Oklahoma tornado are earmarked to receive $100,000 through the efforts of CoBank, a Denver-based co-op lending institution.
The bank, which sent $25,000 directly to Red Cross funds, bolsters the effort to provide food, relief supplies, health services and other assistance to communities hit by the May storms.
CoBank also launched a $75,000 matching fund to customers of the bank. Any donation to a nonprofit organization involved in the tornado relief will be matched by the bank on a dollar-for-dollar basis.
"Many of the businesses we serve across the state of Oklahoma have already joined in the humanitarian response to this disaster," says Bob Engel, CoBank's president. "We're pleased to be taking part in the relief effort and look forward to partnering with customers and helping impacted communities."
Customers interested in participating in the funding can contact their relationship managers.
Questions about the program can be answered by Sherry Johnson, CoBank corporate communications manager at (303) 740-6518, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meanwhile, the Oklahoma Farm Bureau is setting up a similar fund for donors to pitch in and help the hurting from the tornado. The Oklahoma Farming and Ranching Foundation is asking that checks be written to them and sent to 2501 N. Stiles, Oklahoma City, Okla., 73150.
Questions may be directed to Melisa Neal at (405) 523-2475, or emailed at Melisa.Neal@okfb.org.
Other help is coming from Minnesota Vikings linebacker Chad Greenway, who is working with the America Needs Farmers campaign and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to bring food donations to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma City for relief of tornado victims.
A $10,000 donation was raised by Iowa farmers for the ANF program.
Greenway is a spokesman for the ANF effort.
CoBank is a $95 billion co-op bank serving farm interests in 23 states.