The 2017 hurricane season may be over for the southern U.S., but many people are still reeling from the impact of this year’s major storms. As those who were affected by one of the worst Atlantic hurricane seasons on record continue to deal with the loss of lives, homes, jobs and related stress, a number of organizations continue to offer various types of assistance. Presented below is an overview of some of these programs.
Helping People Recover From Harvey
Among several recovery and relief programs In the Houston area, the Hou ton Hospitality Employee Relief Fund is specifically targeted toward helping people in the hospitality industry. This includes those who perform services of any nature within the industry including hotels, restaurants, theaters, arenas, stadiums, attractions, or any organization that directly sells or promotes Houston as a destination. To apply or donate, go to visithoustontexas.com.
Another donation site, Houston First Aid Fund, provides a way that people can help HFC employees cover financial loss due to Harvey. Through this donation site, which is managed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation, contributions are distributed to HFC employees in need. Go to houstonfirst.com to donate.
Additionally, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which accepts tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. Visit ghcf.org for more information.
Assisting Those Impacted by Irma
A number of organizations are involved in relief efforts in south Florida to help those who incurred damages due to Hurricane Irma. By going to give.miamifoundation.org, donors can donate to the Hurricane Relief Fund at The Miami Foundation, which is helping families, communities and businesses rebuild.
Other programs include:
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, which partnered with United Way to support Hurricane Irma relief efforts in Southwest Florida. Donations can be general or designated to one of the following counties: Lee, Hendry, Glades, Charlotte or Collier Counties. To donate, go to swfla.iphiview.com or text GIVESWFL to 444999.
The Gulf Coast Community Foundation Fund, focused on making the region habitable again so residents can resume their daily lives. Visit gulfcoastcf-relief.s3.amazonaws.com to donate.
The Community Foundation of the Florida Keys created a relief fund for local nonprofits and faith-based groups helping residents of the Keys recover. Visit cffk.org to donate.
Bridge to Hope provides services to South Florida’s vulnerable communities affected by Hurricane Irma, such as the elderly, chronically ill, homeless and low-income households. Go to birdgetohope.net to learn more.
The Early Learning Children’s Foundation will provide recovery resources to more than 1,500 childcare programs across Miami-Dade and Monroe County to serve high vulnerable children in the community. Visit elcfoundation.net to learn more.