As the storm passed, first responders, nonprofits, and citizens sprang into action to help our region begin to rebuild. The loss we have faced is immeasurable, but already the Gulfshore Strong spirit of our community is evident. Individuals and small businesses have launched supply drives and recovery efforts overnight, neighbors have set up stations to provide hot water and coffee to first responders, restaurants that could become operational again have reopened with free food and groups like Collier Community Foundation and Collaboratory are doing what they do best by assessing needs and directing our funds and energies in the right direction. We know you’re eager to help, so we’re gathering information on where to donate your time, treasures, and talent to bring Southwest Florida back to the safe and beautiful paradise we know and love. love. Note: It is always recommended that you drive as little as possible for your own safety so that recovery crews can get to where they need to quickly without traffic or obstructions. In many cases, donations are most valuable to nonprofits during this time.
Collier Community Foundation: Necklace Comes Together Hurricane Relief Fund; donations are distributed to associations serving victims and their families.
Charlotte Community Foundation: Charlotte County Disaster Relief Fund; the funds will be used to provide financial relief and resources to Charlotte County residents impacted by Hurricane Ian.
Dwayne Bergman: 12195 Metro Pkwy STE 1, Fort Myers, FL 33966. The designer set up a supply station in its Fort Myers headquarters to provide water, disinfectant wipes, food, baby and pet supplies , feminine products, flashlights, batteries, etc. Dwayne has trucks coming from the east coast with thousands of supplies. Drop by 10am-1pm on Sunday 10/2 if you need supplies. He accepts item donations and cash donations to recover costs and get more supplies. Donate via Venmo (@dbinteriors) or Zelle (@[email protected]).
Southwest Florida Conservatory: 1495 Smith Preserve Way, Naples, FL 34102. Need donations of towels (most needed), romaine lettuce, apples, carrots, corn, oranges, bleach, water detergent, hand sanitizer, reusable ice packs, charcoal filters, D batteries, ant traps.
CF your diet: 19630 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL, 33908. Feed the community for free (while supplies last); can donate via Venmo (@Amy-Eldridge-5) or Cash App: $amymeldridge
Sanibel-Captiva FISH: Includes a hurricane program and a food program to help affected members of the community. Monetary donations accepted by online payment or by bank transfer.
Community cooperative: Support Lee Country Strong’s Emergency Relief Fund.
Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation: #WeAreFMB Fund; donations will support those of Ft. Myers Beach; online donations accepted.
Gulf Coast Humane Society: 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, Florida. 33916. Closed for the foreseeable future; needing money and donated items; donations can be dropped off from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the establishment. Most needed items include: pet food and treats, canned cat and dog food, bleach, blankets, sheets, and towels (all three can be used); other articles can be found here:
Humanitarian Society of Naples: Donations will be used to help animals displaced by the storm; HSN will deploy its mobile veterinary clinic to affected communities, provide pet food bank assistance and emergency boarding. The organization will also take in some of the stray animals from the Gulf Coast Humane Society.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida: This non-profit hunger relief organization accepts monetary donations to help those in need of food.
Wildlife Rehabilitation Clinic: CROW needs monetary donations to help continue caring for wildlife.
Collaborative: SWFL Emergency Relief Fund, in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry and Glades Counties; the funds will support non-profit organizations in the SWFL helping those affected by Hurricane Ian.
St. Matthew’s House: This organization offers shelter and emergency food programs; need for monetary donations.
Lee Health Foundation: Need for monetary donations.
think pineapple: Need for monetary donations to distribute food in Lee and Collier counties; $15 provides a hot meal.
City of Sanibel: If you have resources such as boats, equipment, services, skills or other things that you can share, send an e-mail [email protected] and include your name, available resource, phone number, and email address.
Sanibel-Captiva Conservation Foundation (SCCF): If you have resources such as boats, equipment, services, skills or other things that you can share, send an e-mail [email protected] and include your name, available resource, phone number, and email address.
Community cooperative: Need volunteers to help distribute food and more.
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida: Need volunteers to help distribute food and more.
Gulf Coast Humane Society: Need pre-registered volunteers (not accepting new volunteers at this time) to pick up leaves and yard debris, chainsaws and saws needed to cut large trees and branches, please bring gloves and safety glasses if you have them.
The Wonder Gardens: Needs help daily to clean and clear the grounds.