Hurricane Irma Relief

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Community Foundations and United Way Partner for Disaster Response

The Charlotte Community Foundation (CCF), the United Way of Charlotte County (UWCC) and Southwest Florida Community Foundation have joined together in partnership in order to respond to the significant devastation left in Hurricane Irma’s wake.

“As always, the local needs of Charlotte County residents are our priority.” Said Tami Sender, CEO of the Charlotte Community Foundation. “To that end, we are partnering with the United Way to assure that funds are available for relief and recovery efforts while avoiding duplication and ensuring that donated funds will provide the greatest impact for our community.”

“This collaboration will enhance our community’s ability to quickly respond to this disaster,” stated Carrie Blackwell Hussey, Executive Director of the United Way of Charlotte County.  “Donors can give to the Foundation or the United Way and know that the funds will be distributed to those with the greatest needs in the most critical areas.  Working together we will better serve the entire county.”

Tax-Deductible donations can be made by visiting,, or by texting Irma to 40403. 100% of funds will be used for direct expenses related to Hurricane Irma relief and recovery efforts. Please email if you have additional questions. 


Charlotte Community Foundation  As the Center for Philanthropy for Charlotte County, the Charlotte Community Foundation connects people who care with causes that matter.  We partner with individuals, families and corporations who create philanthropic funds which benefit the community. Thanks to donors, the Foundation has invested more than $6,000,000 in grants, scholarships and distributions to the community. Our goal is to enhance the quality of life for Charlotte County and our residents.  For more information, visit

United Way of Charlotte County  celebrated its 50 Year Anniversary in 2016.  We are a volunteer driven, community-based, non-profit organization servicing Charlotte County.  Our mission is to lead the united effort to eliminate poverty by investing in our community.  Our focus is Education, Financial Stability and Health and Wellness.  For more information, visit

Southwest Florida Community Foundation

Southwest Florida Community Foundation’s mission is to cultivate regional change for the common good.  Our ambition is a more vibrant community that will continually address the evolving community needs in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Hendry and Glades counties in Southwest Florida. The use of research and outcomes helps us identify challenges, activities that make a positive impact, and help us adapt when we’re missing the mark.  We measure our collective work, including that of the organizations we fund so that together we learn more and adapt to make our region a better place.  For more information, visit

Need Additional Help?

American Red Cross of Charlotte County      941-629-4345

The Salvation Army of Port Charlotte    941-629-3170

Hurricane Irma Hotline           941-833-4000

Charlotte County 211     Call 211 or 941-205-2161

Sarasota 211     Call 941-308-4357 or 941-484-4811