In addition to physical and psychological affects of the Boston Marathon bombings, survivors face steep medical bills for immediate and long-term care. Even those with health insurance may find it is not enough to cover expenses, especially for those who have lost limbs.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick and Boston Mayor Menino recently announced the formation of The One Fund Boston, a central fund to take in donations to support those families who need help.
“At moments like this,” said Governor Patrick, “we are one state, one city, and one people.” Indeed, we are one country. Donations from individuals and corporations are already topping the $26 million mark, but medical expenses will be enormous.
“Within an hour, I had calls from business leaders and local philanthropists who, like me, were heartbroken by the impact this hideous tragedy has had on individuals, their families, and friends,” said Mayor Menino. “And they want to do everything they can to help these people physically and psychologically in the future.”
How to Donate to One Fund Boston
Donate online at www.onefundboston.org
Volunteer Your Time
Volunteers are needed to staff the One Fund Boston phone lines until Saturday, May 11th. [Details]
How to Receive Help from One Fund Boston
The injured, their families, and the families of the deceased may register at www.onefundboston.org. You may also call: 1-855-617-FUND.
About One Fund Boston
One Fund Boston was established by the Mayor of Boston and Governor of Massachusetts as a central depository for charitable contributions to benefit victims of the tragic April 15, 2013 Boston Marathon Bombings and the events that followed.
Boston law firm Goodwin Procter has volunteered to organize The One Fund Boston and is applying for 501(c)(3) status. One Fund Boston, Inc. will apply for 501(c)(3) tax exempt status with the Internal Revenue Service. Although the Fund cannot guarantee that the IRS will make a determination that the organization qualifies as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt entity, if approval is received within the expected time frame, the determination will be retroactive to the date of the Fund’s formation.
Other organizations working with Boston victims (from Huffington Post):
- Salvation Army
- American Red Cross
- The New England Patriots and New England Revolution Charitable Foundations