Hurricane Irma Recovery Help

Hurricane Irma Recovery Information

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Donate or Volunteer to Help Florida’s Paradise Coast Recover from Hurricane Irma

Naples and Marco Island recovered rapidly after being impacted September 10, 2017 by Hurricane Irma. However, the rural areas of Everglades City, Goodland and Immokalee were severely impacted and recovery there will take longer. Also, several major natural attractions suffered damage from large trees falling throughout their grounds, and had financial loss due to being closed for cleanup and repairs. A great way to help in destination recovery is to come for a visit. By booking ecotours, guided fishing trips, dinners at our great local restaurants and hotel stay you will support our dedicated hospitality workers. Most hotels are open!

If you'd like to donate either dollars or your time as a vounteer, here is a list of organizations seeking help:

Volunteer

Everglades National Park and Big Cypress National Preserve are recruiting volunteers to assist with Hurricane Irma cleanup and recovery efforts. Sign up now to be notified about volunteer recovery opportunities within both parks.

Donate

The Everglades National Park Gulf Coast Visitor Center in Everglades City was badly damaged by both storm surge and wind and will likely need to be demolished and replaced. You can make a financial donation to South Florida National Parks Trust Recovery Fund to support rebuilding here and other south Florida national park locations. 

Assist hurricane victims in specific areas of Florida’s Paradise Coast through the Community Foundation of Collier County’s Collier Comes Together Disaster Relief Fund.

Audubon’s Corkscrew Swamp Sanctuary suffered damage to its ancient forest and boardwalk. Donations are needed to continue the recovery effort. The Blair Audobon Center and the short loop portion of the boardwalk are now open, but donations are needed for continued recovery efforts and to make up for lost income while the sanctuary was closed.

Naples Zoo suffered significant damage wind damage with downed trees and damage to animal exhibits. They reopen Saturday, October 14, but the non-profit zoo needs your help to recover. Donate to this effort at the Naples Zoo website or Facebook Page, where you can also see photos of the animals and progress with the restoration.

Naples Botanical Garden suffered damage from high winds and fallen trees. The garden is now open, but help is needed to continue post-storm restoration work and to replace some rare . Donate here to help the garden regrow.

The Conservancy of Southwest Florida has several ways you can help. To support continued rescue of injured and orphaned native Florida wildlife at the von Arx Wildlife Hospital, purchase items from their Amazon Wish List, or donate and support the cleanup effort at the Nature Center. The nature center is now open and welcoming guests. 

The Ivey House in Everglades City had severe damage to the historic Ivey House Lodge and Cottage buildings, along with the houses of the owners and employees in the storm surge that flooded Everglades City. Help them rebuild with a donation at the Ivey House GoFundMe site.

A group of community-focused citizens called the Marco Patriots has mobilized volunteers and donations to help their neighbors in the severely damaged communities of Everglades City and Goodland. Donations fund the purchase of needed supplies to help in recovery and rebuilding. Donate at the Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief GoFundMe site.

Reach Out Everglades is a community not-for-profit neighborhood charity supporting the citizens of Chokoloskee and Plantation Island - both heavily damaged by Hurricane Irma storm surge. Donate online or find out other ways to help.

Hall-of-Fame golfer Greg Norman has established the Hurricane Irma Relief Fund to send dollars directly to those in need in Florida. Those who donate will be entered in a drawing to win a Greg Norman signed pin flag and two Greg Norman Estates Shark Club tickets to the 2017 QBE Shootout December 6-10 at Tiburon Golf Club, Naples. 

The Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida does an excellent job of providing food for those in need and your donations go a long way to helping them support the area's many tourism employees living in Everglades City and Immokalee  that suffered great personal losses.

Donate at Red Cross – Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief or contact John Cain at [email protected], 239-313-4077.

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