With Hurricane Irma striking with such ferocity so soon after Hurricane Harvey hit the Gulf region, we are at an absolute loss. Our thoughts are with all affected by both hurricanes: those who are beginning clean-up and those who are waiting a lift in evacuation orders or are in process of returning to their homes and communities. We have compiled information below to share with those you know who may be in the affected areas, or to help contribute to local recovery efforts.
We are heartened that so many continue to answer the call to help our neighbors in Texas, Lousiana, the Caribbean, Florida and the Southeast United States. We are comforted in the knowledge that the spirit of compassion, generosity and stewardship for our neighbors, communities, and our country is the strongest force of nature.
Hurricane Maria Information
Our colleagues at United Way of Connecticut have released a resource guide for ways to help those affected by Hurricare Maria, including how to contact loved ones, to donate funds, donate blood or volunteer: http://uwc.211ct.org/hurricane-maria-information-ways-to-help/
Hurricane Irma Information
If you have family or loved ones in the area, 2-1-1 across all areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. They may also also text “Irma” to 898-211, or visit www.211.org to find a local provider and more information.
Hurricane Harvey Information
Local United Ways are responding and collaborating with other organizations and agencies to serve those affected by Harvey. Our colleagues at 2-1-1 Connecticut and the United Way of Connecticut have compiled a resource directory for more information about disaster relief efforts and ways to help:
To Support Local Relief Efforts
If you wish to donate to local funds, you may find resources here:
To give to United Way Worldwide's Recovery Funds, or to find more information, please visit unitedway.org/recovery. You can select to support (1) Harvey, (2) Irma, or (3) the hurricane-affected region where it’s most needed. From there, you will find links to specific information about the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund and the United Way Irma Recovery Fund, with more details on each storm and the individual local United Way funds
Updated: 9/22/17, for Hurricane Maria resources
Originally Published: 9/13/17