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The El Paso Victims Relief Fund was established to accept monetary donations to support victims and their families affected by the tragedy of Saturday, August 3, 2019. We appreciate your generosity in this moment of profound tragedy and sadness.  We are committed to ensuring that 100% of the donations made to the El Paso Victims Relief Fund directly support victims and their families.

PROCESS INITIATED FOR DISTRIBUTION OF FUNDS TO VICTIMS AND FAMILIES

August 26, 2019 | El Paso, Texas – The Paso del Norte Community Foundation (PDNCF) and El Paso Community Foundation (EPCF) have announced a partnership to create One Fund El Paso, a non-profit agency dedicated to developing and implementing a fund distribution plan for donations intended to support victims and survivors of those directly impacted in the August 3rd mass shooting at the El Paso Walmart.  

Led by former Executive Director of the Center Against Sexual and Family Violence, Stephanie Karr, One Fund El Paso has contracted with the National Compassion Fund (NCF) and has established a task force to set policies and oversee the distribution of funds in the most fair and transparent manner. Task Force members were selected to represent government, law, healthcare and non-profit industries to ensure a diverse and comprehensive skillset to oversee the distribution.  NCF has been instrumental in the logistics of fund distribution associated with mass casualty incidents, including donations for victims and survivors of the September 11th terrorist attacks, as well as the shootings at the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Santa Fe High School, and Las Vegas. Utilizing best practices learned from these past events, the involvement of NCF will assure that the donations received by EPCF and PDNCF are appropriately and equitably distributed. The administrative costs associated with the operation of One Fund El Paso and NCF are being covered entirely by EPCF and PDNCF so that victims and survivors receive 100% of donations.

The One Fund El Paso task force consists of the following community members:

  • Ruben Vogt, former El Paso County Judge (task force chair)
  • Nicole Ferrini, Chief Resiliency Officer, City of El Paso
  • Betsy Keller, El Paso County Chief Administrator
  • Patricia Bylicki, Victim Advocate, El Paso County Sheriff’s Office
  • Yvonne Whitaker, Supervisor, District Attorney’s Victim Services
  • Omar Villa, Assistant El Paso County Attorney/Chief Legal Officer, University Medical Center of El Paso
  • Beto Mesta, Managing Attorney, Texas Rio Grande Legal Aid, Inc., El Paso office
  • Ricardo Hernandez Lecanda, Deputy Consul General, Mexican Consulate
  • Rene Hurtado, Chief of Staff, Emergence Health Network
  • Stancy Stribling, PLLC, estate planning/probate/elder law attorney
  • Idahli Huizar-Mendoza, Director of Therapy Services, Center Against Sexual and Family Violence
  • Deborah Zuloaga, CEO, United Way of El Paso County
  • Eric Pearson, CEO, El Paso Community Foundation
  • Tracy Yellen, CEO, Paso del Norte Community Foundation

One Fund El Paso will convene a town hall on September 26, 2019 at 6:00 pm at Bonham Elementary School to discuss the process and obtain input from members of the community. Victims, survivors and the general public are encouraged to attend this meeting as well as to visit http://www.nationalcompassionfund.org to sign up for updates regarding the application and distribution process.  

To date, $5.6 million has been raised and donations continue to be accepted.

As of August 23rd, EPCF and PDNCF have distributed approximately $1,500 to each victim or survivor to assist with basic needs.

For more information on the distribution process,  please contact:

Stephanie Karr, One Fund El Paso Coordinator

karrelpaso@gmail.com

915-408-7206

 

Dan Levey

Senior Lead, Mass Violence Response

National Compassion Fund

Dan@nationalcompassionfund.org

602-509-8672

 

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