Hurricane Irma was truly devastating for many in the Keys and the United Way of the Florida Keys is dedicated to helping our community along the long road to recovery.
In the hours just after the storm, recognizing the significance of the storm's destruction on our community, we established the Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief Fund. To date, thanks to the overwhelming generosity of friends and supporters near and far, we have raised over $1 million; all of these funds are earmarked solely for assisting the Keys community recover.
Support for this fund has come from around the world, from a displaced Harvey resident giving $5 while still living in a hurricane shelter in Texas to corporate partners investing in the area they serve every day. By giving to UWFK, they know they are donating to an organization fully invested in the local community. Supporters know we are already working with a network of vetted community partners helping individuals and families deal with the storm's aftermath. UWFK is also in a unique position with the incredible support provided by the United Way network, resulting in over $600,000 for recovery work here in the Keys.
UWFK has been working tirelessly to not only raise these funds but also to get them quickly back out into the community. Beginning just days after the storm by distributing gift cards and cleaning supplies door-to-door as well as providing immediate funding to our partner agencies, UWFK has continued to serve as a leader in disaster relief. To date, funds have been awarded to 31 local non profits assisting with critical needs such as utilities assistance, replacing damaged child safety items and providing nutritious food to displaced families. UWFK has also begun a direct case management program to fill gaps in assistance from other agencies. Additional funds have been allocated for mid- and long-term recovery efforts.
UWFK's mission to fight for working families in the Keys has become even more critical since Hurricane Irma. We are grateful to the supporters, partners, and volunteers who make our work possible and are committed to the long-term rebuilding of our community.
If you would like to donated to our Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief fund,