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Where to donate or volunteer to help Hurricane Ian victims

There are ways to donate your time or your money to help people recovering from the impacts of Hurricane Ian.
Disaster Program Manager Bill Egerton explains features including storage containing PPE and food distribution materials within their emergency response vehicle at the American Red Cross in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. This vehicle will be deployed to Florida on Monday to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts.
Disaster Program Manager Bill Egerton explains features including storage containing PPE and food distribution materials within their emergency response vehicle at the American Red Cross in Norfolk, Va. on Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022. This vehicle will be deployed to Florida on Monday to assist with Hurricane Ian relief efforts. [ KENDALL WARNER | The Virginian-Pilot ]
Published Sep. 29|Updated Oct. 10

NOTE: This list is getting updated regularly. The newest entries can be found at the bottom of this report.

If you have been spared the wrath of Hurricane Ian, there are lots of opportunities to give your time or make donations to help others.

NOTE: Fundraisers are pouring in so if you want to see the newest ones, we are adding them to the bottom of this list as they come in daily.

Related: Friday live updates: Florida recovers as Hurricane Ian targets Carolinas

Ian Response Fund: A coalition of grassroots organizations has launched the IanResponse.org fund to address urgent needs of impacted communities and provide aid throughout the state to quickly address shortfalls. This fund is anchored by a coalition of on-the-ground organizations who came together in the wake of Hurricane Irma, including Florida Rising, Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition, FL Jobs With Justice and Faith in Florida. IanResponse.org.

Metropolitan Ministries: Chef José Andrés and his World Central Kitchen team aim to prepare 15,000 hot meals and 10,000 cold meals every day as needed using the Metropolitan Ministries commercial kitchen as their main distribution hub. They will also support local hunger relief programs while they are here. The organization’s main hub at 165 E Frances Ave. in Tampa has food boxes, bottled water and power for phone charging. To help, sign up to volunteer at metromin.org. You can also go there to find out how to donate nonperishable food items, bottled water or to donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund.

Chef Jose Andres, shown here in 2011 in his Minibar restaurant in Washington, will bring a team to Florida to provide meals for Hurricane Ian victims
Chef Jose Andres, shown here in 2011 in his Minibar restaurant in Washington, will bring a team to Florida to provide meals for Hurricane Ian victims [ JACQUELYN MARTIN | AP ]

Salvation Army: 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. All proceeds from every donation made to the organization’s disaster services are applied to the disaster relief operation selected. To donate, go to give.helpsalvationarmy.org, or call 1-800-725-2769, or mail a check to Salvation Army Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.

Rebuilding Together: Having previously helped communities after Hurricane Katrina, Sandy, Harvey and more, Rebuilding Together Tampa, Central Florida and North Central Florida – the affiliates of the national organization – are already on the ground helping neighbors in Florida rebuild and recover from the effects of Hurricane Ian. They have set up a fundraising page, rebuildingtogether.org/hurricane-ian, where 100% of funds given go to the impacted communities.

Feeding Tampa Bay: The organization has set up numerous food distribution sites in the Tampa Bay area and also is coordinating with food pantries in the more heavily damaged areas of Southwest Florida. You can volunteer or find ways to donate food at feedingtampabay.org/how-you-can-help.

CORE: A global response organization supporting underserved communities after crises, CORE is coordinating with local partners and government to support the communities in Florida most impacted by Hurricane Ian. To donate, go to donate.coreresponse.org.

All Hands and Hearts: This nonprofit organization is committed to tracking and responding to natural hazards, storms and disasters around the world, including earthquakes, floods, hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires and more. They work alongside residents of impacted areas to deploy groups of volunteers known as DART (Disaster Assessment Response) teams. To make a donation, go to give.allhandsandhearts.org.

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GlobalGiving: This nonprofit supports other nonprofits by connecting them to donors and companies, including communities throughout Florida and in Cuba. It has launched the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund. It aims to help meet emergency needs, such as food, water and shelter, and it will provide long-term support in affected communities. globalgiving.org.

Florida Disaster Fund: This public-private partnership has been set up at volunteerflorida.org/donatefdf. You can also text DISASTER to 20222, or mail a check to the Volunteer Florida Foundation at 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL 32308. “Make a donation or donate your time, but don’t send a lot of stuff,” Gov. Ron DeSantis said.

Volunteers with the Metropolitan Ministries World Central kitchen prepare sandwiches that will go to Hurricane Ian survivors in southwest Florida on Friday, Sept. 30 in Tampa.
Volunteers with the Metropolitan Ministries World Central kitchen prepare sandwiches that will go to Hurricane Ian survivors in southwest Florida on Friday, Sept. 30 in Tampa. [ CHRIS O'MEARA | AP ]

CARE: The Cooperative for Assistance and Relief Everywhere (CARE) is responding to emergency needs after Hurricane Ian made landfall south of Tampa Bay. They are currently distributing emergency cash assistance to families so they can address urgent needs: water, food and emergency shelter. To make a donation, go to care.org.

211 Tampa Bay Cares: The volunteer organization provides financial and emotional assistance to Tampa Bay-area individuals and families suffering from job loss, depression, incredible stress, hunger, homelessness, financial strain, health challenges, seasonal storms and more. To make a donation or learn more, go to 211tampabay.org.

Tampa Bay Resiliency Fund: The fund, administered through the Pinellas Community Foundation, is a collaboration of four philanthropic partners to mobilize quickly in emergencies. Visit pinellascf.org/TBRF or call 727-531-0058. The fund is being administered by unitedwaysuncoast.org. Call 813-274-0900 for information.

Direct Relief: The global humanitarian aid organization has a long history of responding to hurricanes in Florida. Teams have been in daily communication with the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics, as well as Florida Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster to assess and respond to medical aid and supplies that are needed to serve the state’s most vulnerable populations. To donate, go to directrelief.org.

PayPal’s Giving Fund: PayPal’s Hurricane Ian Relief Campaign is raising funds for charities that are providing resources and assistance to affected areas, including American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Save The Children, AmeriCares Foundation, GlobalGiving Foundation and World Central Kitchen. To donate, go to paypal.com/fundraiser/119147482333313104.

Operation Helping Hands: United Way Miami and Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald have activated Operation Helping Hands to support the response, rebuilding and recovery efforts in the areas affected by Hurricane Ian in Florida and other areas that may be impacted by this powerful storm. To donate, go to portal.unitedwaymiami.org.

GoFundMe: A centralized hub housing all verified fundraisers related to Hurricane Ian and its subsequent storms has been established on GoFundMe. The hub will be constantly updated as fundraisers are created and verified. Among them are Hurricane Ian Relief - Southeastern Grocers to help fellow associates affected by Hurricane Ian. Also World Central Kitchen, which is preparing hot meals to distribute to those impacted and the Salvation Army, which, in addition to food, is providing drinks, shelter, emotional and spiritual care and other emergency services. You can find the hub at gofundme.com/c/act/hurricane-relief/ian.

AMPLIFY Hope: To help aid in the Hurricane Ian recovery efforts, AMPLIFY Clearwater has launched AMPLIFY Hope, a recovery fund focused on providing disaster relief assistance to the communities devastated by the storm. To make a donation, go to AMPLIFYHopeFL.com.

Operation BBQ Relief: Armed with a caravan of cooks, mobile pits, kitchens and volunteers, the operation feeds first responders and communities affected by natural disasters along with year-round efforts to fight hunger. They have deployed in Florida. You can volunteer or donate at operationbbqrelief.org.

Operation Airdrop: Operation Airdrop delivers supplies to areas inaccessible after disasters. Currently, 100 pilots from North Carolina have joined together to fly supplies to Pine Island. To donate, go to .operation-airdrop.com.

Harry Chapin Food Bank: The Harry Chapin Food Bank is the largest hunger-relief nonprofit and the only Feeding America member in Southwest Florida, serving Charlotte, Collier, Glades, Hendry and Lee counties. The Harry Chapin Food Bank is currently trying to help support those affected by Hurricane Ian and provide aid to hurricane relief efforts. To make a donation, go to harrychapinfoodbank.org. Checks can be mailed to Harry Chapin Food Bank, 3670 Fowler St., Fort Myers, FL 33901.

Mission on Wheels: Mission on Wheels is a Texas based organization that has deployed shower and dormitory trailers for the comfort of Hurricane Ian rescue and recovery volunteers. They hope to deploy seven more. To donate, go to MissiononWheels.org.

Roller Derby Benefit: Revolution Roller Derby, a Flat-track Roller Derby league, is hosting a battle between The Valkyries and a mash-up with skater’s from around the world at 5:45 p.m. Nov. 13 at Spinnations Skating Center, 8345 Congress St., Port Richey. Tickets are $12, 10 and younger free. This bout benefits Volunteer Way, which distributes food free of charges to those in need after Hurricane Ian. If you just want to donate, go to thevolunteerway.org.

Community Foundation Tampa Bay: The Community Foundation Tampa Bay provides a list of organizations available to assist with “critical needs” nonprofit organizations may face after Hurricane Ian. A critical need occurs when demand for services threatens the existence of certain nonprofits and their ability to aid the public. To donate to an organization, go to cftampabay.org/criticalneedslist.

Shore to Shore Give Back Program: From now through Dec.22, TradeWinds will donate $20 per room, per night to the Florida Disaster Fund, the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they recover during times of emergency or disaster. Guests booking a room through the program will be offered 25% off best available rates. To book a room through the program, call 877-669-7058 and mention code SHORE22.

Feeding South Florida: Feeding South Florida has deployed a 5,000-square-foot mobile kitchen in an attempt to serve 3,000 meals per day to those affected by Hurricane Ian. To donate, go to feedingsouthflorida.org.

Habitat for Humanity: Habitat for Humanity of Pinellas and West Pasco counties is holding a donation drive to raise funds for Hurricane Ian victims. To donate, go to habitatpwp.org.

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