After a disaster like Hurricane Ian, it's hard to know where your donation will make the most difference.
Below are the top state and national resources dedicated to helping victims of Hurricane Ian and other natural disasters.
- Help while you shop: Retailers making donations to Hurricane Ian relief
- Donation & volunteer opportunities around Tampa Bay
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross has volunteers on the ground in Southwest Florida to help with relief efforts. Following the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Ian, FOX Corporation donated $1 million to the American Red Cross. Anyone who wishes to join FOX’s effort to help those impacted by Hurricane Ian through donations can visit redcross.org/foxforward.
Donations to Red Cross Disaster Relief may also be made at redcross.org, by calling 800-RED-CROSS, or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation today.
Florida Disaster Fund
The state of Florida has set up a private Florida Disaster Fund to respond to relief efforts as Ian makes its way on land. The money will be distributed to different organizations that serves people in various communities with disaster response and recovery.
Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax-deductible. Up to 3%, however, no more than $30,000 will be taken from each donation to cover administrative costs, including but not limited to staff salary, indirect costs and credit card and bank transaction fees.
To donate by check, make it payable to "Volunteer Florida Foundation" and include "Florida Disaster Fund" in the memo line. Checks can be mailed to Volunteer Florida Foundation at 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308.
Healthy Start Coalition
Donations of baby formula and other items to help mothers and families are being distributed to shelters or hand-delivered, by request.
Anyone in need of supplies for a baby or toddler in Southwest Florida may call 239-425-6920 or submit an application at healthystartbaby.org.
For diapers, email firstname.lastname@example.org
You can click these links to purchase from wish lists on Amazon:
- Southwest Florida (Lee, Collier, Hendry, Glades). Click here to purchase needed items.
- Charlotte: Click here to purchase needed items.
- Sarasota: Click here to purchase needed items.
- Manatee: Click here to purchase needed items.
- Hardee, Highlands, & Polk: Click here to purchase needed items.
- Flagler & Volusia: Click here to purchase needed items.
- DeSoto: Click here to purchase needed items.
To make a cash donation, visit the Healthy Start Coalitions' websites listed below:
- Healthy Start Coalition of Southwest Florida
- Charlotte County Healthy Start Coalition
- Healthy Start Coalition of Sarasota County
- Healthy Start Coalition of Manatee County
- Healthy Start Coalition of Hardee, Highlands, Polk Counties
- Healthy Start Coalition of Flagler & Volusia Counties
United Way of Florida and United Way Suncoast
The United Way of Florida shared a list of items needed, including tarps, zip ties, flashlights, batteries, diapers, feminine and personal hygiene products.
Contributions to the United Way of Florida Disaster Fund will be directed to Florida communities most impacted by a disaster of any kind. One donation can be made to benefit multiple communities or directed to a specific need or location/county. Visit https://www.uwof.org/hurricaneian for more information.
United Way Suncoast, which serves the hard-hit DeSoto County and Myakka areas, is getting requests for hygiene items, children's shoes and socks, nutritious non-perishable food packs and school supplies. Visit https://unitedwaysuncoast.org/ to donate.