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Support for Hurricane Ian

September 29, 2022

As Hurricane Ian makes landfall in Florida, our community foundation peers are already taking steps to support their communities in the wake of what is expected to be a devastating storm.

Ian.pngHurricane Ian moved into Florida on September 28, 2022 causing severe flooding, knocking out power for millions of people, devastating businesses and infrastructure, and resulting in loss of life. The storm is expected to bring continued strong winds, heavy rains and storm surges in Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas over the coming days. Ian promises to be a storm that will take years for many impacted communities to recover and rebuild.

Ways to Support

Below is a list of funds that have been established as resources and relief funds for those affected by Hurricane Ian. Click on the links below to be directed to donation pages.  
 
Community Foundation of Collier County – (Naples, Florida) – Collier Comes Together Hurricane Disaster Relief Fund The Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund allows the foundation to act immediately in the face of a hurricane to benefit local nonprofit programs and relief efforts, getting funds where they are needed most – quickly and efficiently at no administrative cost.
 
Community Foundation of Sarasota County – (Sarasota, Florida) – Suncoast Disaster Recovery FundThrough the Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund, CFSC will partner with the network of community foundations in Florida and the Southeastern U.S. to distribute funds to the areas of greatest need related to Hurricane Ian relief and recovery, prioritizing on the response and recovery efforts in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties. A $500,000 gift has already been contributed to this fund and has generously offered a 1:1 match of $750,000 for additional contributions. Be sure to list the fund name, Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund, when making a donation.

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay is preparing to assist with recovery efforts.
 
Florida Disaster Fund – (via Volunteer Florida) - The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation. The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery.

GiveWell Community Foundation – (Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties in Central Florida) – United Community Relief Fund Hurricane Ian ReliefGiveWell Community Foundation and United Way of Central Florida have activated the United Community Relief Fund (UCRF) to support their community in recovery efforts. 100% of donations to the UCRF will go towards helping residents of Polk, Hardee and Highlands counties recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Ian.
 
Manatee Community Foundation established the MCF Disaster Relief Fund, in which funds will be used to make grants to local nonprofit organizations providing response and relief. 

The Miami Foundation – (Miami, Florida) Florida Grassroots Hurricane Community Recovery FundThe Florida Grassroots Hurricane Community Recovery Fund is anchored by those who came together in the wake of Irma in 2017 – Florida Rising, Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition, FL Jobs With Justice, and Faith in Florida, and regranted to over 38 grassroots partners who addressed immediate needs and long term campaigns. The FL team is anticipating real needs and organizing opportunities around housing, energy, and undocumented immigrants.
 
Center for Disaster Philanthropy (CDP) - CDP has a standing Hurricane Recovery Fund that will support equitable recovery in the most marginalized communities. The CDP Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund supports initiatives prioritizing communities devastated by Atlantic hurricanes, especially those facing systemic barriers to equitable recovery. The fund focused on meeting medium- and long-term needs from storms like Hurricane Ian. Examples of such needs include rebuilding homes and livelihoods, mental health services, and other challenges identified by communities that arise as recovery efforts progress. 

Global Giving Hurricane Ian Relief Fund - All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts throughout Cuba, Florida, and other affected communities. These efforts will be led by GlobalGiving's network of vetted partners in the region. Initially, the fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by local, vetted local organizations.
 
Other organizations you can support
 
Airlink – Airlink’s support is consistent with its mission to support NGOs responding to rapid onset natural disasters, and also to provide transportation and logistics resources needed to provide critical aid to address the larger systemic issues that are further compromised by such an event. Airlink works with commercial aviation to make it possible for reputable non-governmental organizations (NGOs) to respond quickly to rapid-onset disasters and other humanitarian crises around the globe, reducing the logistics expertise and cost necessary to improve people's lives. Airlink stands by to support requests as its partners mobilize responses to impacted communities.  
 
All Hands and Hearts – Smart Response - All Hands and Hearts is positioned to respond once the storm has passed. They are an organization committed to effectively and efficiently addressing the immediate and long-term needs of global communities impacted by disasters. All Hands and Hearts arrives early for first response and stays late to rebuild schools and homes in a disaster-resilient way.
 
American Red Cross - ARC provides emergency disaster relief, including shelters, meals and snacks, health and mental health support, clean-up supplies, hygiene kits etc., to communities affected by disasters. They are operating hundreds of shelters for thousands of evacuees.
 
Americares - Americares is ready to respond to the impact of Hurricane Ian with medicines, relief supplies and emergency response teams. In preparation, they have reached out to over 200 local health center partners serving low-income communities in Florida, Georgia and Alabama with offers of medicine, medical supplies and hygiene materials. This includes 148 local partners in Florida supported by Americares on an on-going basis. They have also reminded partners that Americares is able to offer emergency funding to partner health clinics to quickly restore health services. These grants are often used for rapid repairs, replacement of damaged medical equipment, and surge support to meet the increased demand for services in the aftermath of a storm. Americares is certified by the World Health Organization as an Emergency Medical Team Type 1 – Mobile Provider and is one of only three organizations in North America to receive this certification.
 
Brother’s Brother Foundation – BBF’s Disaster Response program focuses on working hand-in-hand with first responders and relief agencies in the affected areas to provide ongoing support. This includes the sourcing and staging of resources, creating partnerships with transportation networks, and working with local partners and other VOADs (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster), along with engaging with volunteers to sort and send disaster relief supplies.
 
Convoy of Hope – Convoy of Hope is prepositioning and responding with food, water and other needed relief items.
 

The Covenant House - Donations provide housing and supportive services to youth facing homelessness.

Friends of Disabled Adults and Children (FODAC) – With a strong network of volunteers and partners, FODAC provides refurbished equipment and services for adults and children with disabilities to improve their overall quality of life. Over the years, their model to assist individuals with disabilities has remained the same: to provide free or low-cost wheelchairs and other home medical equipment (HME), vehicle and home adaptations and more.
 
Good360 – Good360 takes a holistic approach to disaster recovery, starting with the impacted communities’ immediate needs (even during the evacuation stage) and committing to being there for the long-term, always focused on delivering the right goods to the right people at the right time. They are working closely with the Florida VOAD and state emergency agencies. Good360 has also pre-positioned response products with nonprofit partners in several Florida locations, including Miami, Jacksonville, and Tampa. As always, Good360 will stay for the long-haul with Long Term Recovery Groups focused on rebuilding.  (They are a great resource for corporate in-kind donations).
 
Healthcare Ready – Healthcare Ready builds resilient communities that are prepared for, can respond to, and recover from disasters and disease outbreaks. The health of all, especially those most impacted by these crises, depends on strong infrastructure, seamless emergency response and supply chain coordination to ensure continuity of care. Provides a map of open prescription facilities RxOpen.
 
Inspiritus Inspiritus delivers programs and services to help individuals and families progress in four measurable markers of a thriving life:  basic needs, stability/safety, community integration and self-sufficiency/self-determination. Inspiritus empowers those who face challenges and disruptions:  children who have been abused or neglected, people with developmental disabilities, refugees and immigrants, individuals affected by natural disaster, and people in low-income communities.
 
Information Technology Disaster Resource Center (ITDRC) – ITDRC’s leadership and mission planning teams continue to monitor forecast information, liaise with their government and NGO partners, and pre-stage response resources in anticipation of a distributed event impacting multiple population centers. They will assess their projectConnect hotspots, as well as unmet communications/technical needs throughout the impacted area.
 
International Medical Corps  International Medical Corps is mobilizing resources and is launching a response in the wake of the storm. They stand ready to deploy medical teams and supplies to support medical facilities, nursing homes and shelters in the wake of Hurricane Ian.
 
Islamic Relief USA Islamic Relief USA is a community of diverse people sharing a set of common values: excellence, sincerity, social justice, compassion, and custodianship. Islamic Relief USA provides relief and development in a dignified manner regardless of gender, race or religion, and works to empower individuals in their communities and give them a voice in the world. Islamic Relief often partners with the American Red Cross to provide shelters for evacuees, assist with rescue missions and do food and water distribution.
 
Matthew 25: Ministries Matthew 25: Ministries is carefully monitoring the storm and has deployed their assessment vehicle to provide a rapid evaluation of the situation after Ian makes landfall. The assessment team is safely staged outside the path of the storm, ready to begin immediate need and situational evaluations once they can gain safe access to the impacted communities. Matthew 25 is preparing additional Disaster Response vehicles for a possible deployment to the impacted areas in order to provide services and supplies to those affected. Matthew 25 is also in communication with partner organizations throughout the projected path of the storm to plan shipments of aid in order to meet the most urgent needs and help as many people as possible.
 
Mercy Chefs – Mercy Chefs provides professionally prepared, restaurant-quality meals and clean water for victims, volunteers, and first responders in natural disasters across the United States and internationally. They are positioning and ready to respond.
 
Operation USA Operation USA continues to monitor Hurricane Ian as it moves toward Florida, and is preparing to deliver emergency grants to partners on the ground as much as funding allows in the storm’s aftermath. Operation USA has previously provided aid to Florida and neighboring states in the wake of hurricanes, and will do so again as much as funding allows. Since 1979, Operation USA has worked in 101 countries—delivering over $450 million in aid for relief and development projects around the world.
 
Project HOPE – Project HOPE responds to disasters and health crises around the world, providing immediate relief and helping strengthen local health systems for the long term. Project HOPE works with existing partners to mobilize health, water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies.
 
Partnership for Inclusive Disaster Strategies  The Partnership is the United States’ 501 (c)(3) disability-led inclusive emergency management subject matter expert. They are the resource hub before, during, and after disasters. Funding will be distributed to local organizations based in the affected areas. They are supporting disability-led and focused preparedness & response in Florida and throughout Reg 4. Donations will help in: acquisition and distribution of essential aid and disability-related aid, peer support, accessible disaster services and partner logistical coordination.
 
Salvation Army Florida – The Salvation Army provides immediate, emergency response (usually feeding and clean-up), emotional and spiritual care, and long-term disaster recovery.
 
Save the Children Save the Children is closely monitoring the storm and has mobilized an emergency response team that is preparing to help children and families in the areas hardest hit by the powerful storm. Donations help deliver essential items including water, hygiene kits, diapers, wipes, portable cribs, and other life-saving supplies to those in need. They have a history of responding to other, similar disasters in the U.S., including Hurricane Michael, which made landfall in Florida nearly four years ago.
 
SBP USA SBP has a team staged in Panama City for immediate deployment after the storm passes. SBP's Disaster corps will transport supplies (tarps, generators, water, muck/gut materials, etc.) and distribute to survivors and community partners. They will muck/gut homes and tarp roofs for low-income homeowners, and then support long-term home rebuilding for 2+ years. SBP will help survivors navigate FEMA with application assistance and support appeals through SBP's federal assistance program. They work with government leaders to ensure the most vulnerable homeowners receive assistance quickly and predictably.
 
Seminole Heart  Seminole Heart is connected to Seminole County and serves as a VOAD/Long Term Recovery Group partner. The HEART in Seminole HEART stands for Home-based Emergency Assistance Response Team. Seminole HEART helps survivors of declared disaster through case management, preparedness, and recovery assistance. Seminole HEART has assisted citizens suffering losses and helped to fulfill unmet needs from multiple hurricanes, including Matthew and Irma.
 
Team Rubicon Team Rubicon is an international disaster response nonprofit that unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to provide relief to communities in need rapidly. Team Rubicon is monitoring the situation and preparing to respond as needed.
 
Toolbank USA ToolBank Disaster Services provides the tools, literally, to get the job done. They deploy staff and various size trailers filled with tools to equip community-based organizations and their volunteers at no cost. TDS personnel are prepped and ready - they will deploy once the storm passes and are able to safely travel to the impacted area. They will work in conjunction with local EOC and Florida VOAD to let them know of plans and how best for them to support. They have been in touch with their national partners and active on the Florida VOAD calls. Once on the ground, they will work to equip partners with chainsaws, ppe and route clearing tools to assist first responders. From there, they will begin connecting with local community-based organizations to see how they can support their efforts and build brand awareness across the impacted areas.
 

World Central Kitchen – World Central Kitchen (WCK) teams have mobilized across Florida providing meals for those impacted by Hurricane Ian. By partnering with organizations on the ground and activating a network of food trucks and emergency kitchens, WCK provides freshly made, nutritious meals to survivors of disasters quickly and effectively. WCK’s model aims to build strong community connections through their activations to be prepared for future crises. WCK’s Relief Team has spread out across the coast, ready to respond as soon as it is safe to do so. They have secured a kitchen and have made hundreds of sandwiches to serve immediately after the storm passes. Additionally, they have built partnerships with restaurants ready to activate to help them scale quickly.

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