The HumboldtStrong Community Foundation came into a considerable amount of money courtesy of the love and support from the world in the aftermath of the Humboldt Broncos bus crash.
On March 7th they provided a press release with some details on where the initial stages of the support funds have gone.
"Fulfilling this mandate has been a humbling responsibility for all of us on the Foundation’s volunteer board. We know there’s no such thing as getting it perfect, but we have tried our best to get it right. Priority one was to be there for any of the 29 families who needed financial help. Then we needed to recognize the incredible first responders, many of them volunteers, and others whose support we’ll never forget," said Chair, Darrin Duell.
As per the HumboldtStrong Community Foundation's media release:
Of the $4.2 million the Foundation has collected to date, $1.9 million has been allocated to support the families, including $1 million for health needs, $250,000 for accommodation, lost wages, transportation and home modifications, $300,000 for scholarships for players on the team at the time of the tragedy and $350,000 to reimburse the Humboldt Broncos for funeral and other needs they assisted with.
Additional allocations include:
Nipawin Hawks - $25,000 to provide scholarships for players on their team April 6, 2018
STARS - $155,000
Ronald McDonald House - $50,000
OSI-CAN - (provides mental health support to first responders) $25,000
The Community of Humboldt - $800,000
Home Communities of Many of the First Responders:
Melfort, Tisdale, Nipawin - $100,000 each
Zenon Park - $50,000
“We’ve asked that all of these gifts be put to use in a way that not only honours all those lost and injured, but also the overwhelming response from the public."
They added that the Foundation, as they move forward, envisions serving as a living legacy to the outpouring of love and community, there to help when lives are turned upside down by sudden tragedy.
A full accounting of the Foundation's finances will be released in the coming weeks.