A fund for those who survived the devastating mass shooting in Fordyce on June 21 has been created by the Arkansas Community Foundation (ARCF).

 

“Like so many, we are shocked and saddened by this terrible tragedy. A shooting isn’t something you want to plan for,” ARCF CEO and President Heather Larkin said. “But we have gained experience in helping rebuild communities following other disasters over the years, and we work with partners that have vast experience in mass shootings. The death of four Arkansans and the recovery needs of the survivors gives us an unfortunate reason to put some of the lessons we’ve learned to use.”

 

Contributions to the Fordyce Survivors Fund will be distributed with guidance from ARCF and a community-led steering committee of Fordyce residents and local leadership.

 

“We are heartbroken at this senseless violence right here at home,” District 2 Sen. Matt Stone said. “None of us ever imagined we would have to respond in the aftermath of a shooting in a peaceful town like Fordyce. But we’re determined to rally around this community to help it recover and heal. Working with the Community Foundation is an important step in that recovery.”

 

To make an online donation, visit arcf.org/fordycefund. Donations can also be mailed to the following address:

Arkansas Community Foundation

Attn: Fordyce Survivors Fund

5 Allied Drive, Suite 51110

Little Rock, AR 72202

 

ARCF is partnering with Victim’s First, a volunteer-led nonprofit that helps with immediate needs, along with the Mass Violence Survivor’s Fund led by Jeff Dion. Both entities have experience serving communities after more than 50 mass shootings nationwide. All parties involved will ensure the funds are managed in a way that is transparent, victim-centered and trauma-informed.

 

The Foundation’s normal administrative fees will be waived so that 100% of the donations will go toward supporting the victims. *A credit card company fee of approximately 3% will be applied to donations made by credit card.

 

For more information, click here.

 

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