Hurricane Irma Relief: How You Can Help

From volunteer opportunities to ways to donate, here’s how you can help communities impacted by Hurricane Irma.

In an effort to support our local community in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, the Center for Leadership & Community Engagement is working closely with local organizations to provide relief and support where it is most needed. We recognize that our campus community may be eager to support these efforts, so we wanted to share the following opportunities.

Volunteer opportunities

Clean the World

We are coordinating efforts to transport interested volunteers on September 15 from noon – 4 p.m. to Clean the World to package hygiene kits. Sign up here. If you are interested in attending, please meet at Tars Plaza at 11:30 a.m.

  • What to do before you arrive: Complete and submit a liability waiver on Clean the World’s website. Please do not print the waiver.
  • What to wear: Closed-toe shoes are required and comfortable clothing is recommended (Clean the World’s volunteer space is not climate controlled).
  • What to bring: A refillable water bottle (we will have water available, and ask that you bring your own water bottles to limit the amount of waste from paper cups). Please also consider bringing your own latex-free gloves (if you have them) to reduce our operational costs.
  • Age requirement: Children must be at least 8 years old to participate.

Urban Farm Workday

On Saturday, September 16,, from 9:30 a.m. – noon, the group will be cleaning out the beds, adding new compost, and mulching the pathways. The meeting location is behind Elizabeth Hall by the lake at the urban farm. Be sure to wear closed-toed shoes and bring water.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida

Our local food bank will need support in sorting incoming donations and distributing supplied to those in need. Visit Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida’s volunteer website for more information on volunteering this weekend and next week.

Donations

Orlo Vista Elementary

Many families in this community lost their homes and possessions due to flooding. They are in need of children’s clothing and children’s shoes (new or gently used), as well as new underwear, socks, personal hygiene items, and non-perishable food. Items can be dropped off at Lancaster Elementary (6700 Sheryl Ann Dr., Orlando, FL 32809) September 15 – September 22.

OneBlood

Blood donations are always in high demand during times of crisis. Specifically, OneBlood has a shortage of O negative and platelets. Many of the organization’s donation centers are back up and running. Visit the OneBlood website to find an open center and schedule a donation appointment

Food Donations

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida Non-perishable food and cleaning supplies can be dropped off at their locations. Visit their site for specific drop-off times and items in need.

Seminole County Public School Food Pantries Donate your unused hurricane non-perishables to local school pantries in need. For more information, including phone contact and schools with pantries, visit the SCPS website

Monetary Support

Many organizations in the Central Florida community are requesting additional monetary support to help with hurricane clean up efforts. Always do your own research before donating, but a few organizations accepting donations include:

Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida For every $10 contributed, they can provide up to $90 worth of groceries for struggling families, seniors, kids, veterans, and others. Donate now.

Habitat for Humanity Donate now to support the rebuilding of homes destroyed by the hurricane.

ASPCA Donate now to support the many animals that were evacuated during the hurricane.

As more information and resources become available, we will continue to provide the campus community with information. Keep an eye on the CLCE Facebook page as well as your email for upcoming opportunities.

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