We often feel helpless in the face of a single natural disaster. It can be paralyzing trying to comprehend the damage created by two disasters that occurred nearly simultaneously.
Hurricane Fiona landed in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic on Sunday, Sept. 18 claiming more than two dozen lives and causing the worst flooding Puerto Rico has seen since Hurricane Maria just five years ago. Ten days later, Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida and North Carolina and leaving millions without power, and causing at least 80 fatalities.
Thankfully, community partners are already in motion, providing immediate aid to those in need and mobilizing resources for communities to recover. You can help by using your charitable fund to support the organizations responding in Florida, North Carolina, Puerto Rico, Cuba and the Dominican Republic. Our philanthropic advisors can assist you in identifying where your dollars will have the greatest impact.
Gifts made through a charitable fund at the Greater Kansas City Community Foundation are always reviewed to ensure that the organization receiving the donation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization in good standing with the IRS, so you know that your gift goes to those providing real help right now and into the future.
This list of organizations responding to the aftermath of Hurricanes Fiona and Ian is not exhaustive and will be updated as needed. Please contact us if you would like additional suggestions based on particular needs or interests.
- American Red Cross: Providing solar power to temporary shelters and schools, providing medical health services and food and water
- Convoy of Hope: Delivering food, water and basic supplies to residents
- Midwest Food Bank: Sending pallets of food boxes to Puerto Rico
- Water Mission: Provides drinking water and sanitation in areas where both or either are unavailable
- Center for Disaster Philanthropy: The Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund will direct donations to the ongoing needs of those impacted by the hurricanes
- Heart to Heart International: Headquartered in Kansas City, Heart to Heart is deploying teams to provide medical care, hygiene kits and replacement prescription medication
- The Humane Society Naples: Providing animal transport, medical services and pet supplies to displaced pets and their people
- Save the Children: Providing diapers, hygiene kits and portable cribs to parents and setting up safe, supervised play areas in evacuation shelters
Additionally, several local community foundations have set up relief funds to help those impacted by the storms.
Authored by: Sarah Forgey, Grantmaking Supervisor