Our hearts are with our brothers and sisters in Florida in the wake of Hurricane Ian. Here is a compiled list of researched ways you can respond with us.
G I V E
1) Florida Disaster Fund (Volunteer Florida Foundation)
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. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a supporting charitable organization, and are tax-deductible. For Hurricane Ian, all administrative and credit card fees have been waived so that 100% of every donation can be used to help Floridians recover.
The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. The following organizations have received Florida Disaster Fund grants to support Hurricane Ian recovery efforts:
1. Save the Children
2. The Salvation Army
3. American Red Cross
4. Team Rubicon
5. Catholic Charities
6. Feeding Florida
7. Midwest FoodBank
9. Operation BBQ Relief
10. United Way Collier County
To contribute, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222.
2) The Salvation Army (USA)
From Florida to Puerto Rico, the Salvation Army is providing food, drinks, shelter, emotional and spiritual care and other emergency services to hurricane survivors and rescue workers. Your generosity enables the Salvation Army to serve those in need and fight back against the pain caused by Hurricanes Ian and Fiona, bringing comfort to families and offering hope in the aftermath of natural catastrophes.
When you support Salvation Army disaster services, 100% of your donation is applied to the disaster relief operation you select. The Salvation Army never applies an administrative fee to any disaster gift.
About The Salvation Army: The Salvation Army is an international Christian ministry that preaches the gospel of Jesus Christ and meets human needs in His name without discrimination. Originating in England in the 1800s, the name “Salvation Army” represented a band of soldiers of Christ preaching the gospel to the poor, the homeless, the hungry, and the destitute. Today, The Salvation Army serves in 131 countries, providing disaster relief, homeless shelters, food pantries, rehabilitation from substance abuse, help for domestic abuse, and job training among a variety of programs.
To donate, please visit Simple Charity’s giving campaign for Florida here or The Salvation Army’s fundraising platform here.
P R A Y
For a spirit of comfort to console family and friends grieving the death of a loved one because of the hurricane
For the church to shine as an apologetic of love through neighbors extending hospitality and through workers at The Salvation Army and other charitable organizations providing on-the-ground disaster relief
For unity and patience among our government leaders as they deliberate how to provide aid to the state of Florida as well as Puerto Rico after Hurricane Fiona
*Giving unrestricted cash donations is an effective way to respond to disasters. Thinking long-term through recurring donations is equally important. Watch this video or read this article to learn more.