More than Thoughts and Prayers: How to Support the Uvalde Community

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June 7, 2022
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Today marks two weeks since the tragic mass shooting at Robb Elementary School, and we want for the victims, affected families, and Uvalde Community to know that we are sending more than thoughts and prayers: we demand action. Reports show that gun violence has nearly tripled since 2013, and rather than become desensitized to what’s happening in the world around us, we should use this opportunity to make a difference. Recognizing that we can all do our part, we’ve compiled this list of resources to help the individuals of Uvalde, Texas to get the help they need during this difficult time.

Donate to the Uvalde Community: 

  • VictimsFirst, a collective network of families affected from decades of previous mass shootings, have launched a fundraiser in support of the victims and survivors in Uvalde. Funds will be used to pay for medical bills, funeral costs, and legal representation for victims and their families.
  • An additional memorial fund for the students, teachers and families of Robb Elementary was established by the First State Bank of Uvalde. See here to learn more and make a donation.
  • The Hill Country’s Community Foundation launched the Uvalde Strong Funds for the Uvalde Community and survivors. The relief and recovery funds will benefit those who are working towards healing from the effects of the recent tragedy. 

Legal Action/Initiatives: 

  • The Legal Services Association is seeking volunteer attorneys and paralegals to help families with unmet legal needs in Uvalde County, Texas. 
  • Everytown for Gun Safety is accepting donations to support their efforts to end gun violence and save lives. Help build safer communities free from gun violence by giving to the support fund. 
  • March For Our Lives is the student-led movement created by survivors of the Stoneman Douglas shooting in 2018. The movement has engaged millions of youth and young adults across the nation, and recently established a fund for victims of the shooting in Uvalde, Texas.

Mental Health Resources:

  • This directory created by Youth.gov is designed to support youth, families, educators and community members in coping with and talking about community trauma following a mass shooting. The resource also provides access to trained counselors who are available 24/7 to provide guidance and support.
  • The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) hosts peer-led support groups that offer participants an opportunity to share their experiences and gain support from other attendees. NAMI support groups are available for families and individuals suffering with mental health conditions.
  • The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’s National Public Distress Helpline is available for anyone with emotional support needs, including those dealing with the aftermath of gun violence and mass shootings. If you or anyone needs emotional support as a result of gun violence, the helpline is available at 1-800-985-5990. You can also text the Public Distress Helpline by texting “TalkWithUs” to 66746. 

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