Following the money: SWFL emergency relief funds continue to help local nonprofits, families
Southwest Florida communities are still rebuilding nearly six months after Hurricane Ian destroyed homes, businesses, restaurants, nonprofits, and more. But, donors from all across the country have chipped in to make sure our community builds back stronger than before.
Since September 2022, $7 million has been raised for Southwest Florida emergency relief efforts. United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades has led the way, making sure the funds end up in the hands of those who need it most.
“The generosity in our community is absolutely incredible,” said Jeannine Joy, president and CEO of United Way. “Altogether, between grants and corporate gifts and individual gifts, we’ve seen about $7 million come through the relief fund.”
United Way started the SWFL Emergency Relief Fund after Hurricane Ian, in partnership with the Collaboratory organization. A total of $2,591,323.57 was donated directly to the fund. Proceeds are distributed to local nonprofits like Beacon of Hope, Blessings in a Backpack, and Family Initiative, which serves autistic children, teens and young adults in Southwest Florida….
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