ACM Disaster Relief Fund
On August 29, 2017, ACM established the ACM Harvey Relief Fund to assist the staff and families of our members affected by Hurricane Harvey in Texas. In the following weeks, our communities faced other disasters - Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean and Florida and wildfires in Northern California. Through it all, children’s museums continued their work to provide safe and fun places for families to play.
ACM has renamed this fund the ACM Disaster Relief Fund. It will stay open in perpetuity, allowing for ACM to respond nimbly to future requests for aid.
In the weeks following August 29, our colleagues in the children’s museum field donated more than $9,000 to our disaster relief efforts. ACM matched the first $5,000, bringing our total raised to more than $14,000. In November 2017, these funds were disbursed to five of our member museums devastated by recent events: Miami Children’s Museum (FL), Golisano Children’s Museum of Naples (FL), Beaumont Children’s Museum (TX), Children’s Museum of Houston (TX), and The Woodlands Children’s Museum (TX). The funds will be dispersed as each museum sees fit to museum staff affected by the hurricanes.