Friday, September 29, 2017

United Way Hurricane Relief

United Way has distributed over $400,000 in supplemental funding from the SWFL Hurricane Relief Fund (in partnership with the SWFL Community Foundation) to the local network of United Way direct assistance agencies.

Cliff Smith, United Way President said, “We want to thank the generous donors and the Southwest Florida Community Foundation for making this fund possible. Our network of United Way Partners are using this funding to supplement the critical services that are being offered to our residents in need in our community.”

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation initiated the fund with the United Way of Lee, Hendry, Glades and Okeechobee Counties to create a giving fund to help in the aftermath of those affected by Hurricane Irma.

100 percent of the funds donated through the Southwest Florida Community Foundation will be used by the United Way to provide emergency funds to directly help people displaced from their homes and those suffering loss due to the hurricane and floods. The United Way works directly with Lee County Emergency Management, and the network of nonprofit organizations in Southwest Florida to ensure our county has a coordinated response.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties.  Currently, the Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s regional headquarters are located off College Parkway in South Fort Myers, with satellite offices located on Sanibel Island, in LaBelle (Hendry County) and downtown Fort Myers.

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