Hurricane

Want to help Hurricane Irma and Maria victims? Here’s a good place to start

Bruce Ferraro, usher, left, stands near the open door as Sandy Burton, center, and husband Rich, right, both drop off donated water and other items given by the residents of Palm City, Florida. A Mass held for about 30 people on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at San Pablo Catholic Church on Marathon Key brings residents together to pray and help each other as the community recovers from Hurricane Irma. The church is also serving as a donation drop-off site for food, water and other basic necessities.
Bruce Ferraro, usher, left, stands near the open door as Sandy Burton, center, and husband Rich, right, both drop off donated water and other items given by the residents of Palm City, Florida. A Mass held for about 30 people on Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, at San Pablo Catholic Church on Marathon Key brings residents together to pray and help each other as the community recovers from Hurricane Irma. The church is also serving as a donation drop-off site for food, water and other basic necessities. cjuste@miamiherald.com

Want to write a check or donated goods to help Hurricane Irma or Maria victims?

Here are well-established local nonprofits that are helping people hit hard by hurricanes Irma and Maria:

How You Can Help

▪ United Way of Miami-Dade

Donate to Operation Helping Hands, a partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade, the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, Univision 23 and JCS Switchboard. Visit https://unitedwaymiami.org/, call 1-800-226-3320 or send a check payable to Operation Helping Hands, c/o United Way of Miami-Dade, P.O. Box #459007, Miami, FL 33245-9007.

▪ United Way of Broward County

Broward Cares is a collaboration among United Way, the Community Foundation of Broward and the Jewish Federation of Broward County. As such, 100 percent of donations made through BrowardCares.org will be directed to local storm recovery efforts; https://www.browardcares.org/

▪ The Miami Foundation

The nonprofit that runs Give Miami Day has set up The Hurricane Relief Fund to support groups working on the ground to rebuild. It has created the Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund to help Caribbean islands such as Barbuda and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and the Irma Community Recovery Fund, focusing on Florida’s lower-income communities; miamifoundation.org.

▪ Greater Miami Jewish Federation

Donations: The Federation is accepting donations and notes that 100 percent of all contributions will be used to help Hurricane Irma victims; jewishmiami.org or 305-576-4000.

Volunteering: To volunteer, call the Jewish Volunteer Center at 305-576-4000 and follow the prompts. Or email IrmaVolunteers@gmjf.org.

▪ Catholic Charities

Donations: The Archdiocese of Miami is accepting donations through Catholic Charities to assist victims in the Florida Keys, Caribbean and Virgin Islands. And 100 percent of the donations will go toward Hurricane Irma relief efforts; www.ccadm.org or 305-754-2444.

▪ Catholic Relief Services is working with its partners in the Caribbean to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts; www.crs.org.

▪ Episcopal Relief and Development has started a fund for critical supplies, such as food and water for communities devastated by Hurricane Irma and other storms; www.episcopalrelief.org

▪ South Florida Muslim Federation

The local Muslim community is collecting donations, both monetary and food and clothing, for victims of Hurricane Irma. They are also working with the homeless community in downtown Fort Lauderdale; call Sister Nia Jackson at 786-263-1710 or go to https://www.soflomuslims.com/irma/

▪ Food for the Poor

The Coconut Creek-based nonprofit has an extensive support network, feeding millions of the poor in 17 countries in the Caribbean and Latin America. More than 95 percent of donations goes directly to programs that help the poor;/www.foodforthepoor.org/

▪ The Puerto Rican Leadership Council of South Florida is gathering donations of nonperishable food, diapers, bottled water and clothing to send to Puerto Rico, devastated by Hurricane Maria. It has set up donation centers at various places across South Florida. To see the list, click here or email Luis De Rosa at ldr@puertoricanchamber.com.

▪ Bridge to Hope provides services to South Florida’s vulnerable communities affected by Hurricane Irma, including the elderly, chronically ill, homeless and low-income households; www.bridgetohope.net.

▪ Early Learning Children’s Foundation will provide recovery resources to more than 1,500 childcare programs across Miami-Dade and Monroe counties; http://www.elcfoundation.net/

▪  Goodwill of South Florida’s donation centers are collecting clothing and household items

. Go to goodwillsouthflorida.org/Donation-Centers-Hours to find a center near you.

▪ Feeding South Florida runs a disaster relief program, assisting evacuees from South Florida and surrounding counties; feedingsouthflorida.org/donate-now

▪ The Red Cross is recruiting volunteers to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts; redcross.org

▪ Carrfour Supportive Housing is seeking monetary donations to help its residents get back on their feet. Income disruption from the storm has left many struggling to pay bills, restock their refrigerators and refill medications; carrfour.org/donate/

▪ Volunteer Florida mobilizes and deploys resources to those responding to and recovering from disasters. To volunteer or donate, go to https://www.volunteerflorida.org/irma/

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