As it has for the last several years, 2022’s hurricane season has been devastating across the Caribbean and Gulf Coast. Hurricanes Fiona and Ian have caused severe infrastructure damage in Puerto Rico and Florida. Our neighbors are reeling from the mudslides, power outages, and floods unleashed by these storms. Access to potable water and medical care in areas most affected by the storms remains precarious; many people’s homes are destroyed or uninhabitable.
Many incredible relief organizations are on the ground in Puerto Rico and Florida helping with recovery efforts. While the list below is not exhaustive, we are highlighting local efforts, particularly through our community foundation colleagues, which may not be on your radar. You can help by making a donation to these organizations, which are leading local relief efforts.
The Community Foundation of Puerto Rico(opens in a new tab) leverages philanthropic support for the island’s environmental resilience, renewable energy, economic development, housing, and education goals. Its Puerto Rico Community Recovery Fund supports the work of local organizations responding to Hurricane Fiona’s aftermath.
The Hispanic Federation’s Puerto Rico Disaster Relief Fund(opens in a new tab) is mobilizing community-based organizations to deliver emergency supplies, health care, and other resources.
Organizing Resilience’s Fiona Community Response Fund(opens in a new tab) was launched by local social justice organizations on Puerto Rico to deliver critical aid and supplies to communities that need it most, and regrant to grassroots groups.
The Community Foundation of Sarasota County’s Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund(opens in a new tab) is supporting organizations serving Sarasota, Charlotte, DeSoto, and Manatee counties with recovery efforts. One-to-one matching up to $750,000 is being made available by the Patterson Foundation.
Manatee Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund(opens in a new tab) is supporting Hurricane Ian response efforts in Manatee County; there is a one-to-one match up to $75,000 available from the Bishop Parker Foundation.
Charlotte Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Fund(opens in a new tab) is providing relief to Charlotte County residents.
Collier Community Foundation’s Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund(opens in a new tab) is an ongoing disaster relief fund that has been reactivated to provide immediate support to the nonprofits serving people affected by Hurricane Ian in Collier county.
The Miami Foundation’s Disaster Resilience Fund(opens in a new tab) is a permanent fund through which the Miami Foundation activates regional partnerships, and turns to local and grassroots organizations to respond to emergencies like Hurricane Ian, distribute funds, and support on-the-ground recovery efforts.
With requests for help coming from many organizations, consider the following tips to help ensure your donations have the maximum effect: