Hurricane Relief: How you can help

In the wake of devastating hurricanes, millions of people in Puerto Rico, the Caribbean, Florida and Texas are in need of help. Many here in the greater Kalamazoo area are wondering what they can do. 

Financial donations to trusted charitable organizations are a good way to lend a hand, but donations of time, talents and goods are needed too.

The Community Foundation of Puerto Rico has created a fund to support hurricane relief efforts.

Community Foundation for the Virgin Islands has created the Fund for the Virgin Islands to assist with hurricane relief.

The Greater Houston Community Foundation has created a fund to help with relief efforts in Texas. They also have information about how to donate supplies and volunteer. 

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has compiled this list of needs and organizations providing relief efforts in the Caribbean and Florida. 

Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County. The three organizations will mutually collect donations and provide assistance for recovery and rebuilding through this collaborative disaster response initiative.

Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched the CDP Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund to focus support on medium and long-term rebuilding needs.

Community Foundation of Collier County, in collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County, has launched the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund.

Community Foundation of Palm Beach and Marlin Counties has launched the Hurricane Assistance Fund.

Community Foundation of Sarasota has launched the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund.

The Miami Foundation launched the Irma Relief Fund, the Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, and the Irma Community Recovery Fund.

These organizations/funds are not specifically endorsed by the Kalamazoo Community Foundation, but are provided for your information. We encourage you to research organizations to which you may contribute using a resource like Charity Navigator or GuideStar.

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