Where to Give to Support People Impacted by Hurricanes
Hurricane Fiona made landfall in the Caribbean on September 18 and reached category 3 the next morning. Ten days later, on September 28, Hurricane Ian hit southwest Florida as a category 4. Both natural disasters have left behind considerable destruction.
Those impacted by flooding, wind damage, power outages, and other issues need emergency aid. Many in St. Louis are looking for ways to help.
Below is a list of organizations which have set up funds to support the people and families impacted by Hurricane Ian and/or Hurricane Fiona. We will continue to add to this list as we verify more organizations.
- American Red Cross
- 500 trained Red Cross disaster workers, 100 of which are from our region, are on the ground in Florida. Community Foundation fund holders may select the American Red Cross, St. Louis Area Chapter and specify Hurricane Relief as the purpose to assist our local Red Cross with their participation in these efforts and assure that their contribution is assisting in these disasters.
- Americares has a long history of responding to emergencies in Florida and the Gulf Coast. Help deliver medicine, medical supplies, and emergency support by donating to their relief efforts.
- All Hands and Hearts
- This volunteer-led organization builds safer and more resilient schools, homes, and infrastructure. They are on the ground and galvanizing support to address the needs for chainsaw work, mucking and gutting, and roof tarping.
- Collier Community Foundation
- In the wake of Hurricane Ian and its devastating impact on our area, CCF has reactivated the Collier Comes Together Hurricane Fund to benefit SWFL nonprofit relief efforts and programs to get funds where they are needed most – quickly and efficiently at no administrative cost.
- Community Foundation of Sarasota County Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund
- Provides emergency support for any local, state, national, or international emergency.
- Convoy of Hope
- Convoy of Hope’s caravan of response vehicles are en route to Florida. Once Ian is no longer a threat to the area, Convoy team members will set up points of distribution (POD) and begin assisting survivors.
- Florida Rising
- Florida Rising is a grassroots organizing group in Florida working to build power in Black and brown communities. Through a coalition of organizations they provide disaster relief and recovery to under resourced communities in order to ensure an equitable recovery.
- Foundation for Puerto Rico
- Known for their devotion and passion-driven work to directly support the people of Cuba, GiveToCuba is sending food, medicines, and other humanitarian assistance supplies to the island, as well as mobile phone, recharges to help Cubans connect to the Internet.
- Global Empowerment Mission Hurricane Fiona and Hurricane Ian
- GEM is a Miami-based organization working around the world to respond to disasters. They are working to provide hurricane disaster relief and accept monetary donations, canned goods, toiletries, and more. They are also looking for volunteers to help pack supplies.
- Hispanic Federation of Florida
- Mercy Corps
- In Puerto Rico since 2017, Mercy Corps has worked closely with local organizations to prepare for crises like Hurricane Fiona. Mercy Corps is currently on the ground in Puerto Rico and provides urgently needed relief, including emergency cash, food, clean water, and long-term support. It is now accepting monetary donations.
- Project Hope
- Project HOPE staff are pre-positioned to immediately enter the affected areas when it is safe to do so to distribute supplies and support on-the-ground partners, including local health clinics, shelters, and the National Association of Free and Charitable Clinics. Project HOPE teams are staged with necessary supplies like over-the-counter medication, pain relievers, diapers, feminine hygiene, bottled water, and meals-ready-to-eat (MREs).
- Puerto Rico Community Foundation
- Southwest Florida Community Foundation (The Collaboratory) Emergency Relief Fund
- 100% of funds support Southwest Florida nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian. The Collaboratory is working in partnership with the United Way to support SWFL nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian.
- Team Rubicon
- Armed with heavy equipment and chainsaws, volunteers are preparing to provide route clearance and emergency relief after major hurricane makes landfall.
- United Way of Puerto Rico
- World Central Kitchen
- Staged across Florida, WCK’s Relief Team will begin serving meals as soon as Hurricane Ian passes.
Donors who have a fund at the St. Louis Community Foundation can make a grant recommendation via Fund Central or by contacting their relationship manager.
List last updated September 30, 2022.