$1 Million in Florida Disaster Fund Grants Awarded to Organizations Serving Hurricane Irma Survivors

Florida Governor Rick Scott and Volunteer Florida today announced the first round of Florida Disaster Fund grant recipients for organizations providing disaster relief following Hurricane Irma. Each recipient organization is receiving $25,000 for disaster response activities to meet critical needs.

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These last few weeks have wreaked havoc on so many places in our country.  First, there was Hurricane Harvey in Texas, then Hurricane Irma in Florida and now Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.  So many families are hurting and in need.  It’s our hope to be a conduit to connect those who want to help with those who are experiencing hardship.  As the list grows, we hope that we’ll have individuals and PTAs across the state and the country who want to provide much needed aid.

PTA’s mission has always been to help each child reach their potential.  Right now, the ways that we can do that may simply be to provide basic needs.  Thank you so much for whatever you are able to do to help a family, a school or a local unit recover and get back on the road to advocating for the children in their communities.

Remember, ALL Children are OUR Children.

Cindy Gerhardt, President

Hurricane Recovery Committee

Florida PTA has created a special committee entitled The Recovery Committee. This committee will serve as the link between families, schools, local units and prospective donors.  Our goal is to help those in need as a result of Hurricane Irma. In order to still help our communities and remain in compliance with the IRS, we have developed a way to try to help those we can.

The table below will show immediate needs of people, families, and schools throughout our state.  If you are able to help, please complete this Donor Form so that we are able to connect you to the person(s) needing assistance.  Thank you!


Request :For:County/Area:Needs:Is this need time-sensitive?Need Met?
AA Family of 8Miami-DadeFood
Baby needs
First aid kit
BA Family of 4Seminole Food
House Essentials
Job Referral
Yes - by 10/15/2017Yes

Donation Centers:

Goodwill of South Florida‘s donation centers will receive clothing and household donations.  Click here to find a center near you.

Feeding South Florida


Recruiting Volunteers:

The New Florida Majority (Miami-Dade and Broward Counties).  Click here for more information and to sign up.

The Red Cross has an urgent need for volunteers.

The United Way of Miami-Dade is recruiting volunteers for the county and United Way’s partner agencies.  Click here to volunteerClick here for a list of United Way Centers throughout Florida.

Volunteer Florida

Community Partners – Hurricane Irma: Stonybrook.  See how you can help.

The Simple Dollar – In the wake of natural disasters, relief efforts can save lives. Many people are eager to help, but are located thousands of miles away from disaster areas. In order to truly help victims of natural disasters, we created a resource that outlines how you can assist in relief efforts from a distance and make sure your donation lands in deserving hands.


Disaster Assistance Information:

For access to disaster help and resources:  www.disasterassistance.gov 

Florida Local Government – counties, cities, state agency phone numbers:  http://www.myfloridacities.com/cities

Please reach out to any of the following members of the Hurricane Disaster Relief Committee formed by the Florida PTA.

Hurricane Committee