The Collier Comes Together Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Collier County in partnership with the United Way of Collier County, has received $1.24 million in commitments to distribute to nonprofits for Hurricane Irma victims. Of the $945,407 in donations received so far, $558,712 has been distributed to nonprofits to provide for immediate disaster relief and long-term housing needs.
Funds have been distributed both through gift cards and direct grants to nonprofits. Over 1,200 gift cards, valued from $150-$250, were distributed through the Salvation Army Naples and Catholic Charities to residents of Golden Gate, Immokalee and Everglades City who were affected by Hurricane Irma. In addition, $75,000 was given to Harry Chapin Food Bank a few days after the storm to provide immediate relief for hurricane victims. Around 494,045 pounds of food and water were distributed to families, children, seniors, and other Collier County residents.
Through a donation from Collier Building Industry Association (CBIA), a $14,000 grant was given to Reach Out Everglades, which was matched by Lowe’s Home Improvement, allowing for the purchase of $28,000 in building supplies and appliances for residents of Everglades City, Goodland and Chokoloskee. Additional housing grants for Everglades City are scheduled for next week.
Grants from the Collier Comes Together Fund have been distributed to the following nonprofits:
Collier Child Care Resources
Collier County Public Schools
Grace Place for Children and Families
Greater Naples YMCA
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida
JFCS of Southwest Florida
Golden Gate Senior Center
Meals of Hope
Reach out Everglades
Salvation Army Naples
Senior Friendship Center
Southwest Florida Community Foundation
To donate to the Collier Comes Together Fund, visit cfcollier.org to donate online or checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34108. 100% of donations are distributed to hurricane victims, with no administrative fees.
“We are thrilled with the community support we have received that has enabled us to provide relief to the victims of Hurricane Irma,” said Eileen Connolly-Keesler, Community Foundation President & CEO. “We will continue to be proactive in finding ways to get help where it is needed most.”
Steve Sanderson, United Way of Collier County President & CEO added, “The collaborative effort within our community is inspiring! We are thrilled to be partners with the Community Foundation of Collier County, helping our residents with the resources they need to get their lives back in order.”