Community Foundation for the National Capital Region launches funds for Navy Yard

11:23 AM, Sep 18, 2013   |    comments
Police cars sit parked at the entrance to the Washington Navy Yard September 17, 2013 in Washington, DC (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)
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WASHINGTON (WUSA9) -- The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region has launched two new funds in response to the Navy Yard tragedy.

The two funds include the Navy Yard Relief Fund and the Safer Communities Fund.

The Navy Yard Relief Fund will support the victims' families and those injured in the attack.  

The Safer Communities Fund will address the "long-term, systemic challenge of violence in the region" by supporting nonprofit organizations that offer mental health services and reduce gun violence.

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray said, "I am grateful to The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region for helping the victims of Monday's horrible attack. Just as they did in the wake of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, I am confident that they will once again harness the generosity of so many people around our city, region, and nation who have responded to this act of evil with an outpouring of compassion for the victims and their families."

In setting up the new funds, Community Foundation President Terri Lee Freeman said, "We believe that as a community, we have the power and responsibility to address both the immediacy of the impact of Monday's tragedy, and make an effort to prevent anything like this from plaguing us in the future."

The foundation managed the $25 million Survivors' Fund for victims of the September 11 attack on the Pentagon.

Visit to access these funds.

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