(Updated: 10/4) How to Help Hurricane Ian Victims
On Sept. 28, Hurricane Ian slammed into the western coast of Florida, bringing 150+ mph winds, driving rainfall, and torrential flooding. More than 2.6 million homes and businesses were without power following the storms, with the death toll eclipsing more than 120.
Several organizations are on the ground to assist Floridians as they begin the recovery process. Local community members that are eager to help the recovery efforts assisting the victims of Hurricane Ian may be interested in supporting one or more of the nonprofits delivering aid listed here. The Community Foundation of Southern Indiana provides this list as a starting point for those wishing to learn more about how to assist and has verified that each organization listed here is a U.S. 501c3 public charity.
We will keep this list updated as we learn more in the coming days.
Gulf Coast Community Foundation
Gulf Coast Community Foundation’s Hurricane Ian Disaster Relief Fund will support those most devastated by the natural disaster, focusing on health and human services needs in the areas south of Venice and east to Arcadia. Donors can give with a credit card, make a gift through DonorView or write “Hurricane Ian” on donations by check and mail to:
Gulf Coast Community Foundation Headquarters
601 Tamiami Trail South
Venice, FL 34285
Charlotte Community Foundation
The Charlotte Community Foundation in Punta Gorda, FL activated the Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund. Funds will be used to provide financial assistance and resources to Charlotte County residents impacted by the Hurricane. At this time, only monetary donations are being requested. You can make a donation by clicking here.
Collier Community Foundation
The Collier Community Foundation 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. You can make a donation by clicking here.
Southwest Florida Community Foundation (Collaboratory)
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has partnered with United Way and activated their SWFL Emergency Relief Fund. 100% of funds support SWFL nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian. You can make a donation by clicking here.
American Red Cross – Kentucky Region
The American Red Cross is helping to directly support and assist individuals, families and communities recover from Hurricane Ian. To donate, the Red Cross asks that you visit their website – www.redcross.org – or write “Hurricane Ian” in the memo line of a check and mail it to:
American Red Cross
510 East Chestnut Street
Louisville, KY 40202
Feeding Florida is a network of the national food bank nonprofit Feeding America. The organization is coordinating with food banks across the state to provide food to victims of the hurricane. You can donate here.
Florida Disaster Fund
Florida’s official disaster relief fund coordinates aid across governmental and nongovernmental organizations in the state. You can donate here.