How to Help Victims of Hurricane Ian Right Now
Hurricane Ian is one of the strongest storms to ever hit Florida. Since making landfall on Wednesday, September 28, 2022, it has devastated communities as it moved across the state with record-breaking winds, rains, and storm surges that left people trapped and in mortal danger. As we write this post the storm continues to rage, and we know all of you in the generous GreatNonprofits network are waiting anxiously for reports of damage, injury, and lives lost.
Fortunately, we can do more than sit idly as we follow the news reports; we can act now by supporting nonprofit organizations who are already working on the ground to help storm victims. By donating to organizations reviewed on GreatNonprofits, you can be confident your money is going directly to charities that help real people – because you can read community stories about their impact right here.
Below we’ve highlighted a few of the great nonprofits working right now to help victims of Hurricane Ian:
The mission of 211 Tampa Bay Cares is to improve lives through the power of information and hope. They do this by creating connections between people and resources. They serve as a critical lifeline for people in crisis and dealing with disasters.
“When all hope was lost 211 Tampa Bay was the light at the end of the tunnel.” – Golden12
This community-based group is driven by a single goal to make the world a better place for all. South Florida Lending Hands emerged out of a pursuit to inspire and support the community, and a desire for actions to speak louder than words.
“This team is not afraid to take on really difficult tasks and complete them. From building community through art or tackling pet rescue and disaster relief they can do it.” – LeeBrock
With a mission to assist local, state, military and federal agencies in the recovery of lost, missing and abducted persons in urban, wilderness, natural and man-made disasters, PRSAR is one of the most demanded SAR resources in Florida.
“I love all of the caring people and K9’s that are part of this group who go above and beyond to help out anytime, anywhere…they are truly heroes and will always have my support and admiration.” – cherylmarie
The Global Empowerment Mission provides emergency recovery services, empowering those in need with the objective of eliminating their dependency on aid. The organization’s mission is to provide relief aid to the people of all global regions displaced by hurricanes and other natural disasters.
“They have a great track record over the past decade with helping all around the globe, but not forgetting about their own local areas. They are a great steward of funds and donations so you know your contributions are getting into the right hands and making a difference.” – BConsulting
This organization’s mission is to connect those in need with those who can help. Using a combination of resource development, collaboration with service providers and the power of media, they seek to empower neighbors to use the talents, time and money they have to help others.
“I have been a volunteer for N4N since Hurricane Andrew hit Miami in 1992…Since then, they have helped those in need in conjunction with many nonprofits in Miami-Dade and Broward counties.” – msdenmark
For more than 50 years, the hyper-local Emergency Squad has served the residents and community of Sun City Center, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. They provide basic life support emergency services, wheelchair van transportation, blood pressure checks, and more – all at no cost.
“The Sun City Center Emergency is operated by all volunteers and donations! No one gets paid and no one is charged for the medical assistance that they receive…This is a great place to volunteer!” – CFO720
World Central Kitchen uses the power of food to empower communities and strengthen economies. Staged across Florida, WCK’s Relief Team will begin serving meals as soon as Hurricane Ian passes.
“World Central Kitchen of FL was in Pembroke, NC to assist with flood victims in our area & others being displaced. Their assistance was appreciated more than they know.” -drew67
Americares provides immediate response to emergency medical needs and supports long-term humanitarian assistance programs for people around the world, irrespective of race, creed or political persuasion. Their team is prepared to send critically needed medicines and relief supplies to help meet the health needs of Hurricane Ian survivors.
“Without question, this organization is well run and focused on serving…The compassion demonstrated and the intelligence used to distribute resources continues to impress me.” – DianeBosek
The American Red Cross’ disaster relief efforts aim to meet the immediate disaster-caused needs of individuals, families, and communities. They respond to an emergency every 8 minutes.
“The Red Cross was there for me when I lost my house to Hurricane Floyd. They came in when no one else did and gave so much help and hope. Thank you Red Cross!!” – Susan Landreth E.
Find more disaster relief organizations on GreatNonprofits and spread the word to others who want to help the people and communities hit by Hurricane Ian. Together, we can make a difference right now.