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Posted on: September 9, 2017

Relief Fund for Victims of Hurricane Irma Launched- Hurricane Irma Update #17

Hurricane Irma Relief Fund

FORT MYERS, FL (September 9, 2017) - The Southwest Florida Community Foundation has joined forces with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to create a giving fund to help in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. People can donate online or by text.

Donors can give at www.FloridaCommunity.com or text GIVESWFL to 444999

One-hundred percent of the funds donated through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will be used by the United Way to provide emergency funds to directly help people displaced from their homes and those suffering losses due to the hurricane, storm surge, and floods. The United Way works directly with Lee County Emergency Management, Red Cross, Salvation Army and a network of nonprofit organization in Southwest Florida.

Hurricane Irma is an extremely dangerous storm in the Caribbean, with sustained winds of 125 miles per hour. Irma is expected to make impact along Florida’s west coast on Sunday.  The City of Fort Myers is currently under a Hurricane Warning and a Storm Surge Warning. Parts of Southwest Florida are anticipated to receive more than 10 feet of storm surge.

Citizens with questions or who need information are encouraged to call the 2-1-1 Help Line by dialing 2-1-1 or 239-433-3900.  United Way 2-1-1 staff will assist by providing information from the Lee County Operations Center.  The 2-1-1 Help Line is operational 24 hours a day.  The City Call Center is also open for those who need assistance: 239-321-8100.  Residents are asked to reserve use of 9-1-1 for life safety emergencies only.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created more than 400 philanthropic funds. Thanks to them, the Foundation invested $5 million in grants and programs to the community. With assets of $111 million, it has provided more than $69 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan. Currently, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are located off College Parkway in South Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers. For more information, call 239-274-5900 or visit www.floridacommunity.com.

The City will continue to monitor the progress of Hurricane Irma and issue more updates as the storm approaches Florida.

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