Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief
Collier County received a direct hit from Hurricane Irma, the largest hurricane to ever hit Florida. Major damage has been done to Marco Island, Everglades, Chokoloskee, Goodland, Golden Gate, East Naples, and Immokalee as well as the City of Naples and Greater Naples. This massive storm has claimed at least 34 lives in Florida, two in Collier County. Hurricane Irma left hundreds of thousands without power and air conditioning in sweltering heat and caused extensive structural and water damage and downed trees. Sewer lines were broken and sewage bubbled up into the streets. In Collier County, $64 million has been spent in recovery efforts to date, 42,000 in Collier have gotten some form of housing help: rent, hotel stays, 256 people have been approved for FEMA trailers so far. and 334k cubic yards of debris been removed – leaving nearly 4 million to go. The cost to replace sand on our beaches that were wiped away in the storm is estimated to be $35 million.
The Collier Comes Together Fund, held at the Community Foundation of Collier County in partnership with the United Way of Collier County, has received $1.41 million in commitments to distribute to nonprofits for Hurricane Irma victims. Almost $1 million has been disbursed to nonprofits to provide for immediate disaster relief and long-term housing needs. 100% of donations collected are distributed to victims and their families, with no administrative fee.
With the support of the Community Foundation Board, the United Way of Collier County, and many donors such as the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation, $267,000 in Visa/MasterCard gift cards were purchased to be distributed to Hurricane Irma victims and nonprofits from donations to the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund to help with immediate needs for food, water, gas, and lost income.
In addition, $75,000 was given to Harry Chapin Food Bank from the Collier Comes Together Fund to provide immediate aid to hurricane victims.The plan for the fund is to continue to be proactive in serving the immediate needs of hurricane victims.
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. Over $300,000 in housing grants have been disbursed so far in Everglades City, Immokalee and Downtown Naples.
Click the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief button to donate online or checks can be mailed to the Community Foundation at 1110 Pine Ridge Road, Suite 200, Naples, FL 34108. Please make your check payable to the Community Foundation of Collier County and write Collier Comes Together in the memo line. Cash donations are also welcome.
If you would like more information about the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund, please contact the Community Foundation at 239.649.5000 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The collaboration of our community partners and the generosity of our community will carry us through to a quick and strong recovery. Together, we can come to the aid of those most in need.
Thank you for your continued support of the Community Foundation of Collier County
and the victims of Hurricane Irma