For the Love of Florida | In This Together

Hurricane Ian was a catastrophe of historic proportions on Florida's Gulf Coast just south of our beautiful area of Sarasota. Those who are safe and sheltered are fortunate and grateful. We are heartbroken for our southern neighbors and send prayers to those who have lost so much. But we can do more - a number of local nonprofits, agencies and businesses have mobilized to help those affected by the storm, both in our area and beyond. You can find a list of how you can help below; please consider giving or volunteering.
In recent days, friends I haven't heard from in years checked in to see how I was doing. Neighbors joined together to clean up yards, and houses that still had power were converted into makeshift electronic charging stations for friends and strangers alike. Please stay safe and take care of yourself and those around you. In times like these, we need one another more than ever.


Community Foundation of Sarasota County

The Community Foundation is accepting contributions to its Suncoast Disaster Recovery Fund. The Patterson Foundation, a Sarasota-based nonprofit, has already contributed a a $500,000 gift and has offered a 1:1 match of $750,000 for additional contributions. The Community Foundation will partner with its network of community foundations in Florida and the southeastern United States to distribute funds, prioritizing response and recovery efforts in Sarasota, Manatee, DeSoto and Charlotte counties.

Gulf Coast Community Foundation

The foundation is accepting donations to help communities recently impacted by Hurricane Ian. If you would like to make a donation to help with both immediate relief and any necessary long-term rebuilding, please click here

All Faiths Food Bank

All Faiths Food Bank is the only food bank and largest hunger relief organization in Sarasota and DeSoto counties and provides millions of meals annually. It is distributing food and water throughout the region. Donate and find out how to volunteer here.

Salvation Army of Sarasota County

Salvation Army has deployed aid and provided shelter and food and personnel to meet the immediate needs of survivors and first responders before, during, and after Hurricane Ian’s catastrophic landfall in Florida. Donate here.

Five-O-Donut Co.

This beloved doughnut chain is doubling as a donation collection site for the Cajun Navy Ground Force, a nonprofit that has boots on the ground in Fort Myer. Its volunteers are performing water rescues and other services. All Sarasota Five-O-Donut Co. locations are collecting water, diapers, personal hygiene items and nonperishable foods. Your donation gets you a free doughnut, and 12 donations get you a free half-dozen.

Save Our Seabirds

The 150-plus resident and rehabilitating birds under Save Our Seabirds’ care survived Hurricane Ian, but high winds brought down trees that destroyed its two largest habitats. Visit to make a donation to its “Rebuild SOS Fund”—insurance will not pay the $125,000 price tag on these critically needed repairs. We will re-open to the public when it is safe for birds and visitors.

Compound Board Shop

The shop has teamed up with a boat captain with a 40-foot vessel to get supplies to South County. Items can be dropped off at Compound Board Shop between 10-5 p.m. or at the Venice Yacht Club at 1330 Tarpon Center Drive, which is where the boat is located.  Items needed include air mattresses, towels, non-perishable food and cleaning supplies. For more information, click here.

Tidewell Foundation Hurricane Ian Fund

Tidewell Foundation is seeking support for its not-for-profit Tidewell Hospice and Empath Health affiliates following Hurricane Ian. Tidewell Hospice, Empath Home Health and other Empath Health employees have been affected by damage to their vehicles and homes, even while helping vulnerable patients meet their urgent healthcare needs. Tidewell and Empath Health facilities in several counties in our service area have sustained system and facility damage, as well. The cost for response and temporary operations is expected to be significant. To donate, click here.

Wildlife Inc.

Wildlife, Inc., a wildlife rescue and rehabilitation center in Bradenton Beach, is operating without phone, power and Internet and seeking donations. If you find a baby animal in need, keep them warm and bring them to the organization at 2207 Avenue B, Bradenton Beach; the bridge to Anna Maria Island is open. Donate through Wildlife Inc.’s Facebook page here.

Sarasota County Government

For those 18 years and older seeking emergency volunteer opportunities following the storm, fill out this form to get matched with relief efforts.

Dakin Dairy

The farm experienced significant damage from Hurricane Ian. It needs a farrier to help treat its cows’ feet, as a lot of debris has ended up in the animals’ stalls, as well as plumbers, electricians and welders. “Our barns are in shambles and we don’t have power to run the fans to keep the girls cool,” Dakin’s owners wrote on social media. For more information, click here.

Operation BBQ Relief

This organization has sent a massive deployment of semi-trucks, tents and equipment to Port Charlotte; church and civic groups can call and request meals for the masses to be picked up. The group is scheduled to cook upwards of 60,000 meals daily with a setup of the size of two football fields in Port Charlotte, FL.  They plan to serve meals for at least 2 weeks. To support or volunteer, click here.

F45 Training Lakewood Ranch South

F45 Training and CryoXL will be collecting items bring to distribution points in affected areas. Priority items include bottled water, canned food, dry clothes, socks, shoes, tools, hygiene products, first-aid kits, blankets, dog and cat food, power tools, saws, flashlights and batteries. For more information, click here.

World Central Kitchen

This nonprofit organization backed by celebrity chef José Andrés helps get food to first responders and residents following natural disasters. It began mobilizing chefs in affected areas on Thursday and is focused on areas between Tampa and Naples, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral and Sarasota. To learn more, volunteer or donate, click here.

Red Cross 

Red Cross is accepting blood donations and volunteers and is among the first responders offering shelter and other services to victims of Hurricane Ian. More here.

American Humane Society

This organization helps animals in need of rescue, shelter or protection during and after natural disasters. Find ways to help here.

Caring for Others

The catastrophic relief program of this national organization provides new clothing and furniture to families and individuals who have been devastated by natural elements beyond their control and are forced to choose between clothing and other basic necessities. More info here.

Direct Relief

Active in the U.S. and globally, Direct Relief establishes funds and grants cash to organizations working to help the hardest-hit areas following natural disasters, with the goal of bolstering healthcare networks and capabilities of local communities. Info here.


This national nonprofit sends medicine and relief supplies to help meet the health needs of storm survivors. It also provides emergency funding to help repair damaged health facilities and restore health services disrupted by the storm. Find out more here.

Feeding Florida

This nonprofit works closely with the food banks in its network to provide food, water, and resources to those affected by Hurricane Ian. Here’s more information.

CAN Community Health

This private nonprofit has been serving the needs of the HIV community for over 26 years. Its clinics offer medical, dental, psychological care and lifestyle counseling to all patients, regardless of their financial situation, insurance status or ability to pay. It will be collecting donations at its Sarasota headquarters at 4440 Fruitville Road. A wishlist includes water, bedding, blankets, socks, hygiene products, diapers, towels, wipes, formula, flashlights, rakes, candles, shovels and nonperishable foods. Email rcapo[email protected] for more information. Click here to learn more about this organization.

Farm Share

This statewide food bank supplies food pantries with nutritious food donations for the 3.9 million Floridians going hungry today. Pantry sites include community centers, churches, nonprofit organizations and community food distributions. Click here to learn more.

Convoy of Hope

This international nonprofit is a humanitarian, faith-based organization dedicated to feeding the hungry and helping communities affected by natural disasters. To learn more, click here.

CORE Response

Community Organized Relief Effort is coordinating with local partners and government to support the Florida communities most impacted by Hurricane Ian by assessing needs with partners to help families get back into their homes and support heavily impacted communities. Click here to learn more.

Ian Response Fund

A coalition of organizations has launched fund to address the needs of affected communities. It’s run by a group that came together after Hurricane Irma, including Florida Rising, Dream Defenders, Florida Immigrant Coalition, FL Jobs With Justice and Faith in Florida. 

Florida Disaster Fund

This public-private partnership has been set up at To donate, you can text DISASTER to 20222, or mail a check to the Volunteer Florida Foundation at 1545 Raymond Diehl Road, Suite 250, Tallahassee, FL, 32308.

United Way Suncoast

United Way Suncoast is currently accepting donations to its Disaster Recovery Fund to assist those affected by Hurricane Ian in its five-county region: Hillsborough, Pinellas, Manatee, Sarasota and DeSoto. This fund will help United Way Suncoast meet storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. The focus is on mid- and long-term recovery. Click here to give.

Anywhere Gives has opened the Anywhere Disaster Relief Fund (ADRF) for the purpose of providing direct assistance to Anywhere's family of employees, franchisees and sales agents who have been affected by federally declared major disasters. In addition, donors may direct donations toward the American Red Cross to support its relief efforts.

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