3 Ways You Can Help After Hurricane Matthew

Here’s how you can help the victims of Hurricane Matthew.

Hurricane Matthew made landfall last week and relief efforts are continuing in Haiti and in the Southeast United States. The Haitian government recently reported that 1.4 million people are in urgent need of humanitarian assistance. In the United States, hurricane damage and flooding have impaired or destroyed more than 1 million homes and businesses.

Many people in the Rollins community have asked the Center for Leadership and Community Engagement how they can help. Here are a few ways for you to consider.

1. Send a donation
Individual contributions can add up to make a big difference.

  • Global Giving has created the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund to immediately help local Haitian nonprofits and international aid organizations.
  • Direct Relief created the Hurricane Matthew: Direct Relief Responds in U.S., Haiti fund. This organization is mobilizing medical resources in response to Hurricane Matthew and to the needs of vulnerable communities throughout Haiti and the United States. *If you want your donations to specifically support Hurricane Matthew relief, be sure to make this selection under the donation designation.
  • Rebuild Globally is a nonprofit organization that provides business development, education, and job training to fight poverty in Haiti. This organization is requesting funds to support Haiti after Hurricane Matthew. Several Rollins College alumni are employed with Rebuild Globally.

2. Volunteer
Lend a hand at reputable organizations.

Clean the World is extending volunteer hours until 8 p.m. today (October 13) and you are invited to stop by for as long as you can to package soap for delivery to hurricane victims in Haiti. This organization is attempting to send 400,000 bars of soap and other hygiene products because soap is crucial to the fight against the spread of an inevitable cholera outbreak. Clean the World is located in Orlando at 400 Pittman Street, Suite A.  #soapsaveslives

3. Donate blood
There has been a call for blood donations in the United States.

OneBlood has an urgent need for all blood types, especially O-negative, platelets, and AB plasma. Hurricane Matthew caused OneBlood to shut down operations at many of the organization’s locations for several days, and they need to replenish the blood supply. You can make an appointment at a OneBlood center online or call 1-888-936-6283 for locations.

There are many other organizations that are mobilizing to help relief efforts. Remember that when working with any organization, you should make sure it is a legitimate and verified group. You can refer to Guidestar and Charity Navigator to help you determine if an organization is established and how representatives allocate resources.