After this week’s disaster along Florida’s West Coast, the hard work of cleanup and rebuilding begins. Many families are without shelter, some just need the basics—but everyone who was in Hurricane Ian’s path needs some form of help.
How can you help families affected by Hurricane Ian? Here are a few trustworthy charities, vetted by Prevue’s editors.
Florida Disaster Fund
Th Florida Disaster Fund is the state’s official private fund for disaster and emergency response. Donations are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization. Learn more here.
American Red Cross
As always, the Red Cross is on the ground in Florida, with workers across the state setting up shelters, and providing food and water for those in immediate need. They have created a special donation page for victims of Hurricane Ian. Learn more here.
Salvation Army Florida
The Salvation Army is always among the first to arrive after a disaster to provide food, shelter, emergency services and support. Learn more here.
Disaster Relief At Work
Disaster Relief at Work, or DRAW, is a 10-year-old nonprofit based in Michigan whose members provide relief services in areas hit by floods, hurricanes and tornadoes. The organization is already on the ground in Florida and seeking donations. Learn more here.
World Central Kitchen
World Central Kitchen is a powerhouse global relief organization created by Chef José Andres to serve freshly made meals to people around the world affected by disasters. WCK already has teams set up across Florida. Learn more here.
Beware of scammers who create fake charities during natural disasters. You can verify a charity’s legitimacy through its official website, or check the following web sites: Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch or GuideStar.