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Hurricane Michael Relief Fund

by GlobalGiving's Disaster Recovery Network
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Hurricane Michael Relief Fund
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts

Despite designation as a Category 5 storm, the 60 lives claimed in the chaos, and the destruction of homes and critical infrastructure, Hurricane Michael faded quickly out of the headlines last hurricane season. Nevertheless, thanks to the donations of over 1,600 generous individuals, GlobalGiving and its nonprofit partners are continuing to support communities on the road to recovery long after the short-lived media attention.  

Our local nonprofit partners remain dedicated to moving the recovery process forward despite challenges. The situation in the post-hurricane Florida panhandle remains dire; people are living out of their cars, there is a population exodus out of small towns, and school enrollments are facing steep drop offs. 

Nine months after the hurricane, your donation continues to rebuild homes, schools, community structures, and lives. 

July Recovery Partner Spotlight: All Hands All Hearts Volunteers 

AHAH volunteers have been racking up thousands of hours in clearing monumental amounts of debris, clearing dangerous mold, and rebuilding more than 169 damaged homes and community structures. AHAH’s ongoing efforts have touched 701 people’s lives!

Despite the heat and humidity, the organization is currently working hard to ensure that the Boys and Girls Club of Panama City, which offered teens homework support, sports, and computer literacy programs before the storm, is fully repaired and ready for the start of the school year.

Although nine months have passed since the disaster struck, volunteer organizations like AHAH still play a critical role in Hurricane Michael’s recovery work. The benefits of this persistent, on the ground support include free time for parents to be able to take their kids to school, and peace of mind in knowing there are people dedicated to rebuilding a home that is safe and livable once again .  

 

“Our staff and volunteers are committed to supporting recovery for the long haul.” 

 

Also helping affected communities to rebuild after the hurricane, is Habitat for Humanity.  To date, Habitat has performed 4,806 interventions.  This includes damage assessments, debris removal, clean up assistance, and emergency repairs. Local Habitat teams have been helping families find temporary housing, organizing home assessments, and guiding people through the complicated insurance claims and FEMA application process. 

The commitment to holistic recovery shows through Habitat’s interactions with the affected communities:

 

“Habitat helped Bay County resident Cleedie May and her family navigate the complex terrain of insurance and contract work. When it was clear there would be gaps between costs and insurance payment, Habitat fixed the walls, windows, roof and flooring despite the funding challenge. Cleedie Mae expressed her gratitude many times over and said “what a blessing” Habitat has been for her family.”

 

By June 2020, Habitat’s goal is to build 13 new homes, conduct 57 repairs, and complete 46 rehabs through fortified construction methods.

Your generosity and support of this fund has translated into real tangible progress.  Thank you for standing with the people of Panhandle. We will continue to share stories from the field as Florida communities recover.

 

With continued gratitude,

Andrea + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo From All Hands And Hearts
Photo from All Hearts and Hands
Photo from All Hearts and Hands

With support from GlobalGivers like you, who've raised more than $750,000 for our Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, our nonprofit partners have been able to help affected communities along Florida's Panhandle make great strides recovering and rebuilding after the storm.

Habitat for Humanity's local chapters in Bay County and Chipola supported early relief efforts in the immediate aftermath of the hurricane, performing damage assessments and damage repairs, removing debris, and distributing tools and construction materials to homeowners. Now they're partnering with moderate-to-low income hurricane-affected households to build new homes and perform critical home repairs over the next year and a half.

Thanks to backing from this relief fund, Hearts & Hands Disaster Recovery’s teams will be able to help at least 10 households return to their homes in 2019. Their program is designed to fill in the gaps for people whose homes were uninsured or underinsured when Michael struck, and are not able to recover on their own.

After helping the people of their home state recover from Hurricane Florence in early September, teams of veterans from the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame traveled to Florida to join emergency relief efforts after Hurricane Michael just a few weeks later. In the following months, their teams have been making the trip back to the Panhandle from North Carolina every two weeks to help families rebuild their hurricane-damaged homes, and are continuing to distribute clothing, food, water filtration kits, and construction supplies to families in need.

The Florida Response Program volunteers from All Hands and Hearts have worked on 68 hurricane-damaged homes to date, and are now helping to repair the heavily damaged Boys and Girls Club of Bay County, which has been closed for safety concerns since the storm.

The generosity you and so many others have shown by supporting this relief fund has helped make this vital recovery work possible. Thank you for standing with the people of the Florida Panhandle after a storm that cost so many people so much. We'll be back in your inbox in the coming months with more stories of progress.

 

With gratitude,
Will + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida
Photo: Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

The strongest storm to make landfall in this year’s Atlantic hurricane season, Hurricane Michael ripped through the Florida Panhandle with 155 mph winds, torrential rains, and massive storm surges that devastated coastal communities. The record-setting storm knocked out power for 1.2 million customers across the region, caused billions of dollars worth of property damage, and claimed 60 lives. Communities directly Michael’s path, like Mexico Beach and Panama City, suffered catastrophic damage that will likely take years to recover from.

In response to the devastation, more than 1,600 GlobalGivers like yourself generously donated more than $225,000 to fund community-led relief and recovery efforts. And thanks to that support, our vetted nonprofit partners have been working hard to assist affected communities:

  • In the days leading up to Michael’s landfall, volunteers at the Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida in Orlando began piecing together disaster relief boxes of canned meats, fruits, vegetables, and shelf-stable milk that could meet the needs of a family of four for a week. In the storm’s aftermath, they’ve trucked these boxes across the storm-devastated region, making sure that families have steady access to food while supermarkets are largely unavailable.
  • Fuel Relief Fund brought their expertise in distributing vital free fuel supplies to ensure that first responders, hospitals, local police and fire departments, nursing homes, and everyday residents in communities recovering from Hurricane Michael’s destruction were able to fuel their vehicles and generators.
  • Teams of veteran volunteers from the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame traveled from their home state, where they’ve been assisting residents recovering from Hurricane Florence just weeks prior, to the Florida Panhandle to help some of the communities hardest hit by Michael, like Mexico Beach and Panama City. They’ve been distributing essentials like food, clothing, blankets, and hygiene supplies to residents in affected areas, as well as helping clear debris and salvage possessions for homeowners so that repairs can get underway.

As immediate relief efforts transition into long-term recovery work, we’ll continue to update you on the progress of our nonprofit partners and the communities where they work and the impact of your donation. And we’d like to especially thank you, not just for the fact that you’ve generously supported our Hurricane Michael Relief Fund, but for how you’ve supported it—by making the smart decision to give cash. Donating money after a disaster allows for quicker and more efficient deployment of resources and supports, rather than disrupts, local economies.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: Fuel Relief Fund
Photo: N. Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame
Photo: N. Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame
 

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