Irma Disaster Relief


United Way Suncoast and several other area foundations have teamed together to form a collective fundraising effort for the west coast of Florida (Citrus, Desoto, Hernando, Hillsborough, Manatee, Pasco, Pinellas and Sarasota counties.) If your organization is in need of Irma-related relief or recovery funds within these counties, please go to to see the donation page and partner details or HERE to complete a very short application for funding. Grant decisions will be made as quickly as possible, as we know that our community has immediate needs.  

Volunteer Projects
We are receiving many requests from people who want to help across our footprint.  Click Here if you need assistance posting a project or to register if you do not already have an account.  Once projects are submitted, we will quickly review to post it on our website.  We have many volunteers who are ready to help.  

In Manatee County, the Red Cross is leading volunteer projects, so you may want to check that site as well. DeSoto and Sarasota County organizations in need of volunteers, please click Here for assistance. 


For Veterans

Tampa Crossroads has resources for Veterans and Veteran families who have been affected and displaced by the storm. They are open and providing assistance. Any Veteran in need of assistance can call them at: 813-238-8557 EXT #300



Local damage assessments are still underway, but please click Here for a list of available HandsOn emergency volunteer projects.  We encourage you to register as a volunteer and come back often as we will be updating the site frequently when new projects become available. Also, please follow us on social media for alerts. 



If you would like to make a donation that stays right here in our community, we encourage you to donate through our collective Irma disaster fund or text IRMA2017 to 41444.  

In Need of Assistance
If you have been impacted by the storm and need assistance but aren’t sure who to call, please remember to call 2-1-1 (like 9-1-1) and a representative will help identify resources that are available to you.  For Pinellas County residents, you can text your zip code to 898211 and a 2-1-1 specialist will have a text conversation with you.


Links to Disaster Assistance for Lost Wages.  (information)


In-Kind Donations
To ensure in-kind donations such as food, water and building supplies are deployed to the community as quickly as possible, we encourage food donations be delivered to the local Feeding America affiliate (food bank) and Habitat for Humanity for building materials. At this time, there is not a need for clothing or household items. If you have other in-kind items in large quantity, please let us know.  

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
FEMA is responsible for responding to national disasters, training first responders, and managing the National Flood Insurance Program and the U.S. Fire Administration.

Stay safe and thank you for Living United. 


In Manatee
Red Cross in Manatee County has opened and is operating a general population shelter at St. George Episcopal Church, 912 63rd St. Bradenton.
If residents need assistance with cleanup they may contact Crisis Cleanup at 800 451 1954 thru Sept. 30th.