Looking for ways to help in hurricane recovery efforts around Southwest Florida? We’ll be updating periodically as new information becomes available. Thanks to Amanda Beights for compiling this list!
Steven Kissinger, Executive Director at The Immokalee Foundation, is an excellent contact for the entire community. E-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org, or just bring to the Immokalee Foundation, and he will coordinate the best location.
DROP-OFF TIMES: Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. at either the Naples office (3960 Radio Road, Suite 207, Naples), or in Immokalee, Monday-Friday, 8-10 a.m. or 2-5 p.m. They have open distribution to all residents from 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
- School supplies (as much was lost)
- Canned goods/meals
- Baby wipes/diapers/diaper cream
- Cleaning supplies (bleach, wipes, buckets, spray, buckets, mops, etc.)
They will accept a variety of items; if you feel something would be helpful, just ask!
- Clean towels
- Wet dry vacuums
- Pressure washer
- Bug spray
- Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide
- Air mattresses
- Plastic tubs
- Cleaning supplies
DROP-OFF LOCATIONS: Champions For Learning and Girls on the Run of Collier County. No clothes and toys yet.
Text Laura (239-250-2539) or call 239-774-2904.
- Cash donations
- Gift cards so they may purchase desperately needed new clothing for all the children: new cotton T-shirts, tank tops, shorts, underwear, socks and flip-flops for boys and girls ages 6-18. (They are not able to accept used clothing items at this time.)
- Paper products such as paper towels and napkins, plastic cups, plastic plates, plastic forks and spoons
- Individually bottled Gatorade
ST. MATTHEW’S HOUSE
- Food – canned meats (tuna, chicken, beef), single-serve snacks (nuts, trail mix, granola bars), canned vegetables, canned fruit, dry pasta, pasta sauces
- Bottled water
- Juice box drinks
- Paper plates – napkins, plastic utensils
- Sterno fuel cans
- Throw pillows
- Baby wipes
- Hand sanitizer (alcohol-free)
- C batteries
- AA batteries
- Heavy-duty flashlights
- Painters tape
- Can opener (non-electric)
They accept donations at our donation center on Monday-Saturday from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.: 2601 Airport Road S., Naples (south side of the building, under the breezeway). Donations can also be made online.
MEALS OF HOPE
Going forward until everyone has fully restored power and water, Meals of Hope will be open for food, water, baby diapers and other personal item distributions for everyone.
HELPFUL ITEMS (drop off at 2221 Corporation Blvd., Naples):
COLLIER DOMESTIC ANIMAL SERVICES
- Large and medium dog crates
DAVID LAWRENCE CENTER
- Cash donations
- Gift cards for clothing, gas and food
Cash donations can be made online. Drop-offs can be made to the Golden Gate campus: 6075 Bathey Lane, Naples.
COMMUNITY FOUNDATION OF COLLIER COUNTY
The Community Foundation of Collier County, in close collaboration with the City of Naples and Collier County Emergency Management, Collier County Sheriff’s Office, City of Naples Police Department, Marco Island Police Department and the United Way of Collier County, has established the Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund to provide assistance to Hurricane Irma victims. 100 percent of donations collected are distributed to victims and their families. Learn more on their website.
Principal Jim Ragusa at Everglades City School has said that many families are in need of help in Everglades City, Copeland and Chokoloskee. The needs are changing daily. He would greatly appreciate volunteers that are willing to check-in at Everglades City School, where they would be directed to the most urgent projects from general cleaning, to assisting elderly residents in cleanup efforts, to passing out meals.
A hot meal will be provided to residents through Sunday (11 a.m.-2 p.m. estimated). Volunteers would be appreciated to pass out meals.
- When to show up?
Every day this week, 9 a.m. until evening. All shifts and assistance appreciated!
- What to bring?
General tools – It would be helpful to bring a toolbox for small repairs, cleaning supplies, chainsaws or other lawn equipment to clear yards. Cleaning supplies are available at Everglades City School, but they are being actively distributed to the residents.
Personal safety gear – Bring a pair of gloves, a personal first aid kit, boots, disinfecting wipes, etc. to take reasonable precautions on varied projects.
Food and water – There is water and Gatorade on site at the school, but plan to take your own cooler so we can leave supplies for those who need it most.
AMERICAN RED CROSS
Please contact John Cain, Director of Volunteer Services, at (239) 313-4077 or email@example.com.
THE SALVATION ARMY NAPLES
Please register at disaster.salvationarmyusa.org, and someone will contact you shortly with further information.
GOODWILL INDUSTRIES OF SOUTHWEST FLORIDA
They will be distributing disaster relief vouchers (while they last) from the Job Link Center at their Goodwill Towne Center Retail and Donation Center located at 3759 E. Tamiami Trail. People can redeem the vouchers on donated items they need at any Goodwill store in our Southwest Florida area. For more information call Dwight Powell at (239) 823-8229.