Wells Fargo donates $100K for Tennessee tornado relief
The money will help rebuild storm-damaged Middle Tennessee communities that are also facing the COVID‑19 crisis.
The Wells Fargo Foundation is donating $100,000 to help residents of Nashville and other Middle Tennessee communities recover from tornadoes that hit March 2‑3, killing 25 people and causing more than $1 billion in property damage in four counties.
“Many lives have been affected by the tornadoes that caused heavy destruction in Nashville earlier this month. Our hope is that despite all the disruption that’s now also being caused by COVID-19, these grants will support relief efforts to help Middle Tennessee recover and rebuild.” — Stephen Norris, Wells Fargo’s Region Bank President for Tennessee
“Many lives have been affected by the tornadoes that caused heavy destruction in Nashville earlier this month,” said Stephen Norris, Wells Fargo’s Region Bank president for Tennessee.
“Our hope is that despite all the disruption that’s now also being caused by COVID‑19, these grants will support relief efforts to help Middle Tennessee recover and rebuild.”
Of the $100,000, $50,000 is going to The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee®, and $50,000 is reserved for long-term recovery efforts in Nashville and surrounding areas.
“The Nashville community has been hit with a one-two punch: tornadoes and the coronavirus (COVID-19),” said Amy Fair, vice president of donor services for The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. “Among the members of our community who are feeling the greatest impact from both these events are tornado survivors and members of the hospitality industry.
“This generous gift from Wells Fargo will help us support nonprofits serving our neighbors and move the needle further in this long road to recovery.”
Help for customers
Norris said that Wells Fargo stands ready to help customers, clients, and any affected employees through the recovery process. Customers should call 1‑800‑219‑9739 to discuss tornado-related financial needs and relief options.
In addition to the $100,000 donation, Wells Fargo allowed customers in Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, and Tennessee to donate to the American Red Cross* through its ATMs or by using Zelle® in the Wells Fargo Mobile® app or Wells Fargo Online®.
Wells Fargo Go Far® Rewards customers could also redeem and donate any amount of their available rewards to the American Red Cross.
“The Red Cross is grateful for Wells Fargo’s efforts,” said Elizabeth Penniman, vice president of communications at the American Red Cross. “These additional customer donations will provide much-needed help to people affected by tornadoes and floods in the South — both now as they face tragedy, and in the weeks to come as they work to rebuild their lives.”
Penniman said the donations will also enable the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to, and help people recover from these disasters. Customers may also make donations directly through the American Red Cross website at www.redcross.org.
*The American Red Cross name, emblem, and copyrighted materials are being used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion, or political position. The American Red Cross logo is a registered trademark owned by The American National Red Cross. For more information about the American Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.