As our community is still recovering in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, we are very fortunate that the Suncoast region was spared of any major destruction. Unfortunately, for those in Puerto Rico, Dominica, and the US Virgin Islands, the damages and despair caused by Hurricane Maria did more damage than any of us ever could have imagined.
Our hearts go out to all the victims of these devastating storms and we wish them a swift and full recovery. It is during times like these where help and support is greatly needed and where the term neighbors helping neighbors truly comes into play. While Lancaster & Eure understands the importance of helping the community not just in times of need, it is now more than ever where your help is truly needed. In an effort to provide an extended level of support, we have compiled a list of trustworthy organizations who are hosting fundraisers and collecting donations for those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria:
Salvation Army of Sarasota - donations go towards Irma and Harvey relief
All Faiths Food Bank - food donations and other items can be dropped off at the All Faiths Food Bank office in Sarasota or any local Goodwill in the yellow bins they have set up.
FOR THOSE STILL SUFFERING THE EFFECTS OF HURRICANE HARVEY, IRMA, OR MARIA PLEASE SEE BELOW FOR INFORMATION ON WHERE TO FIND ASSISTANCE AND SUPPORT
FEMA - for local residents who sustained losses from Hurricane Irma and need disaster recovery assistance. Sarasota County has been named as an area eligible for federal aid under FEMA's Individual Assistance Program.
Sarasota County Emergency Services- provides up to date information on the location of FEMA Disaster Survivor Assistance Teams and additional information regarding post-Irma clean-up including debris pick-up information, landfill, etc.
Manatee County Emergency Management- Information on what to do if you need assistance after Hurricane Irma, as well as ways you can help through donations, volunteering and more
PBS has put together a list of ways that you can help those affected by Maria's devastation to Puerto Rico including cash, supplies, volunteers, and outreach. See their article on the many avenues available here.
For those wishing to volunteer: One of Florida's biggest volunteer agencies, Volunteer Florida, is looking for volunteers and donations to help those affected. Donations may also be made to their Florida Disaster Fund to assist in their efforts.
As our communities continue to rebuild following the destruction of Hurricane Irma the most important thing to remember is that you and your family's health and safety come before all else. We also want to thank all first responders for putting themselves at risk in order to help those in need, especially in the areas with mandatory evacuations. Please make sure to stop and thank all first responders for their sacrifice and assistance during Hurricane Irma and do all you can to avoid making their jobs even more difficult. We are all in this together so let's make sure to show the Nation how Floridians assist each other in their time of need. We can and will rebuild but it will take all of us coming together to do so.
We have compiled a list of tips on how to stay safe and rebuild following Hurricane Irma