Hurricane Irma Relief

On September 10, 2017, a Category 4 hurricane smashed into Southern Florida, bringing torrential rains, flooding and winds of more than 140 miles per hour. After causing havoc in countries throughout the Caribbean, Hurricane Irma has devastated communities across Florida, with hundreds of thousands of residents forced from their homes and more than 6.2 million without power. Storm surge warnings are in effect throughout the state, where water levels are predicted to rise as much as six feet.

Damages could run into the billions of dollars, and communities affected face a long and painful recovery. The organizations below provide immediate and long-term relief to affected residents. This list will be updated as more information and resources are available.

Immediate Impact

  • Direct Relief International is providing emergency medications and medical supplies to affected communities in Florida, Puerto Rico, Haiti and throughout the Caribbean.
  • International Medical Corps is mobilizing staff and medical supplies to provide lifesaving care in the wake of the hurricane.
  • Operation USA will deliver needed supplies and assistance in communities hit hardest by the storm.
  • Team Rubicon provides logistics, transport and emergency supplies for first-responder volunteers.
  • Save the Children focuses on keeping children safe, providing immediate physical and mental healthcare assistance and reconnecting them with family.
  • Oxfam America provides food, hygiene and medical assistance in the immediate aftermath of natural disasters and works with communities to rebuild over the long-term.

Medium- and Long-Term Relief

  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund focuses on medium- and long-term rebuilding needs, such as rebuilding homes, businesses, infrastructure, meeting the needs of young children and supporting mental health needs, long after the TV cameras and news teams roll up coverage and turn the eye of the world away from this disaster.
  • The Hurricane Assistance Fund for Palm Beach & Martin Counties is a collective effort between Community Foundation for Palm Beach & Martin Counties, Children’s Services Council of Palm Beach County, United Way of Palm Beach County, Quantum Foundation, Lost Tree Village Foundation, Palm Beach County Department of Community Services and the Farris Family Foundation to provide grants to nonprofit organizations in Palm Beach and Martin Counties affected by the storm.
  • The Hurricane Relief Fund at The Miami Foundation will help recovery and rebuilding work driven by organizations on the ground helping families, communities and businesses rebuild and recover.
  • Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County to provide assistance for recovery and rebuilding to areas critically impacted by Hurricane Irma.
  • The Tampa Bay Disaster Relief and Recovery Fund is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Tampa Bay, Foundation for a Healthy St. Petersburg, Pinellas Community Foundation, United Way of Citrus County, United Way of Hernando, United Way of Pasco, and United Way Suncoast to address immediate, mid- and long-term recovery needs through grants to select nonprofits.
  • The Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund was created by the Community Foundation of Collier County, in close collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County to provide assistance to Hurricane Irma victims.
  • The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has joined forces with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to provide emergency funds that directly help people displaced from their homes and those suffering loss due to the hurricane and floods.
  • The Community Foundation of Sarasota County Hurricane Relief Fund will support relief efforts for those whose lives have been upended by Hurricane Irma.
  • The Gulf Coast Disaster Fund was created by the Gulf Coast Community Foundation support relief and recovery to make communities habitable, rebuild the regional economy and return stability to individuals and families.
  • The Disaster Relief Fund at Manatee Community Foundation supports effective organizations providing relief and long-term recovery assistance for those affected by Hurricane Irma.
  • The Central Florida Foundation’s Hurricane Irma Relief Fund will support longer term recovery and rebuilding efforts in Central Florida as we uncover the true effects of the storm in the days ahead.

When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future.

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