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
Nonprofit Partners Receiving Emergency Grants
Farmworker Association of Florida
Florida Immigrant Coalition
Southwest Florida Community Foundation (Collaboratory)