The impact of Hurricane Ian is far-reaching and still being measured, and we have received numerous messages from our readers and followers asking for recommendations on where to volunteer or donate.
There are countless organizations and charities that will work to help people impacted by the storm, but here’s a handy list of some standout initiatives and organizations that we think you should check out. Do you think we missed a good one? Leave your recommendation in the comment section below.
In any case, do not volunteer or load a truck with donations and goods. You’re just getting in the way. Leave it to the professionals or volunteer with an organization.
- american red cross accepts monetary donations HERE and even through your Amazon Alexa device when you use the command “Alexa, donate to the American Red Cross.”
- Jobs and Justice in Central Florida and Orange County Class Teachers Association have teamed up to host a food drive. They collect canned goods, bread, water, flashlights, toiletries and first aid kits to drop off at the OCCTA offices 1020 Webster Ave [GMap] from 8.00 a.m. to 4.00 p.m. Monday to Friday.
- Direct Relief is a humanitarian organization with a long history of helping people around the world, regardless of religion, politics, or their ability to pay for services rendered. You have a 100% fundraising score of forbes and they are currently focused on supporting hospitals and clinics with backup generators and medicines.
- feed Florida is working with food banks across its local networks to bring food and supplies to hurricane-affected communities. You can donate directly to their organization or click here to find a specific panel in your network.
- FEMA is helping with emergency services and debris removal statewide for the next month and they are accepting donations of money and time if you wish to volunteer. click here for more informations.
- Florida Disaster Fund is a private fund created by the State of Florida to provide assistance for emergencies like this one. Volunteer Florida distributes donations to accredited organizations helping victims. click here for more informations.
- The humane society works hard to help animals hit by the storm and in need of rescue. Donations are the best way to help them so they can rent temporary shelters, provide temporary homes for animals in need, or buy/rent rescue vehicles and boats. click here for more information on donating.
- Second Harvest Food Bank in Central Florida has partnered with 500 local food aid programs as part of an emergency response to help the hurricane’s hardest-hit areas. Volunteers are sorting and packing disaster relief boxes starting this weekend and have also launched a number of mobile food distribution centers. click here for more informations.