An update on your donation to the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund
By Amelia Hoover | Program Manager, Disaster Response
Thank you—we can’t say it enough! Because of your generosity, communities affected by Hurricane Ian were able to receive food, water, shelter, and long-term recovery support.
The Hurricane Ian Relief Fund has provided 17 grants to high-impact and community-led nonprofit organizations at the forefront of this crisis, and your donations made this incredible work possible.
Here is a description of the critical work you’ve supported in the most recent grant round from the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund:
Inclusion and Diversity in Emergency Management (IDIEM) focuses on integrating equity into emergency management in Florida communities, empowering marginalized communities throughout the disaster management cycle. IDIEM actively identifies underserved communities, collects and coordinates data, and leverages support for equitable response and recovery—including facilitating casework, cleanup, and distribution of emergency supplies in low-income, majority BIPOC, and underserved communities affected by disasters.
Florida Immigrant Coalition is providing cash assistance and recovery guidance to undocumented families and other immigrants in Florida that are not eligible to receive FEMA assistance, or who may have a difficult time obtaining FEMA assistance. It also provides cash support and other assistance to immigrants on temporary work visas that are in danger of losing their jobs due to the extensive damage to their place of work.
Unity in Disasters assists racially marginalized and economically distressed communities in Florida affected by Hurricane Ian and more recent storms through a mutual aid model, offering cleanup/mucking and gutting, material resources, and other flexible forms of support to the most vulnerable in their community.
Central Florida Jobs with Justice is focused on building relationships and connections between labor unions, people of faith, community organizations, and student activists in Central Florida. Their team founded the Climate Equity Cohort to organize and advocate for climate justice and community resilience through a social justice lens. It organizes local, marginalized, and BIPOC communities affected by Hurricane Ian, who are made more vulnerable and and are disproportionately impacted by disasters, to build disaster preparedness and resilience through direct mutual aid funds.
Center for Independent Living of Gulf Coast/Broward is providing holistic, wraparound support to community members with disabilities and their families in affected communities, including temporary housing assistance, cash assistance, and connecting community members to home rebuilding assistance.
Migrant Clinicians Network aims to reduce disparities and address the needs of workforces in Florida composed of immigrants and climate refugees facing environmental and public health disparities. Their work includes integrating the resilience workforce into community rebuilding efforts, and serving immigrant and migrant populations who are often overlooked and continuously grappling with the long-term impacts of Hurricane Ian and more recent storms.
SBP - The St. Bernard Project has been focused on two initiatives in recovery efforts from Hurricane Ian: its disaster assistance program (DAP) that is helping survivors navigate the FEMA appeals program in order to unlock more funding to support their recoveries, and home repairs and rebuilds in partnership with Volunteer Florida and the state of Florida (which is on track to get 200 families back into their homes before the end of the year).
Your support of the GlobalGiving Hurricane Ian Relief Fund is advancing community-led recovery, and it means Florida communities will continue to receive critical resources to help their community rebuild after Hurricane Ian.
This fund is no longer accepting donations, and this will be the last fund report of this kind from our team. We hope you’ll stay in touch!
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An update on your donation to the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund
By Victoria Mendez | Disaster Response Associate
Photo: Direct Relief
Thank you for your generous contribution to the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund. It has been more than one month since Hurricane Ian made landfall in Cuba and then in southwest Florida as one of the strongest storms to impact the United States in the past decade. Since the launch of this fund, GlobalGiving has sent emergency grants to four vetted nonprofit partner organizations at the forefront of providing critical assistance to those in need.
Here is a short description of the critical relief and recovery work you’ve supported:
The Southwest Florida Community Foundation (also known as Collaboratory) is a locally led foundation based in Fort Myers, Florida. In the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, the organization launched its Southwest Florida Emergency Relief Fund. Through its fund, the organization is amplifying the critical work of the United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties. The United Way has been on the front lines responding to the needs of the Southwest Florida community at large by distributing food and water, tarping roofs, and assisting with FEMA applications.
The Farmworker Association of Florida is committed to responding to farmworker and rural low-income communities across Florida. Hurricane Ian affected nearly 5 million acres of agricultural land. Flooding due to the storm caused extensive crop damage, resulting in severe economic losses to farmworkers across Florida. In response, the Farmworker Association of Florida is assisting impacted families by providing emergency rent and utility payments.
The Florida Immigrant Coalition is helping immigrant communities overcome the barriers they face in receiving federal assistance. The organization is providing cash assistance and guidance to undocumented families who are not eligible or have difficulty obtaining federal assistance.
Direct Relief has delivered more than 200 shipments of critical emergency medicines across Florida. It is working closely with the Florida Association of Free and Charitable Clinics and Florida VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster) to provide cash grants to health clinics that were damaged by the storm and lost vital life-saving equipment. In Cuba, the organization partnered with the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) to deliver emergency medical supplies to health providers serving affected communities in Cuba. You can read more here.
Your support of GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Ian Relief Fund powers community-led disaster recovery. Here is what Nezahualcoyotl Xiuhtecutli, General Coordinator for the Farmworker Association of Florida, shared about the impact of your donation:
“We really appreciate your help and trust in helping us bring relief to farmworker families across Florida. You and GlobalGiving are bringing so much peace to farmworker families during this difficult time. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you!”
Thank you for your generosity. In the next two weeks, GlobalGiving will make an additional round of emergency grants to support local organizations in Florida on the front lines of Hurricane Ian relief and recovery. Please expect more email updates like this one in your inbox in the months to come. You can find a full list of vetted GlobalGiving partners that have received grants from the Hurricane Ian Relief Fund at the end of this report.
With immense gratitude, Victoria + the GlobalGiving team
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