Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund

The Town of Palm Beach United Way created the Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund
in late September 2022 to assist with relief and recovery efforts along Florida's Gulf Coast.
Hurricane Ian made landfall near Fort Myers as a powerful Category 4 storm bringing catastrophic
storm surge, flooding and wind damage to Lee, Collier and Charlotte Counties. 

Thousands of Florida residents were displaced and in need of emergency aid.

Thank You Matching Gift Donors

The Town of Palm Beach United Way was able to raise over $1.1 million with the help of
dollar for dollar matching gifts from several generous donors.

Irwin and Ginny Edlavitch | $25,000 | Matched
Gail and Alfred Engelberg |
 $25,000 | Matched
Sandy and George Garfunkel |
 $25,000 | Matched
Joanie and Murray Goodman 
| $50,000 | Matched
Howard and Michele Kessler | $50,000 | Matched
Dorothy and Sidney Kohl
| $50,000 | Matched
Elizabeth and Jerome Levy |
 $25,000 | Matched
Cathleen McFarlane Foundation
| $100,000 | Matched
Danielle Moore |
 $25,000 | Matched

Claudia and Nelson Peltz | $50,000 | Matched
Laura and Isaac Perlmutter
| $50,000 | Matched
Joe and Susan Plumeri 
| $50,000 | Matched
Richard and Barbara Rothschild |
 $25,000 | Matched
John and Jana Scarpa 
| $50,000 | Matched
Judy and Bob Snyder
| $25,000 | Matched
Susan and Dom Telesco
| $50,000 | Matched
Bill and Norma Tiefel
 | $25,000 | Matched


Fund Distributions

The Hurricane Ian Recovery Fund is being distributed to nonprofit agencies providing emergency assistance,
such as food, water, medical care, hygiene kits, baby supplies, housing, and building materials. 

To date, we have awarded a total of $700,000 to the organizations listed below.
Click agency name for more info.

The American Red Cross is helping provide housing and financial assistance to hundreds of families who lost their homes after Hurricane Ian. Red Cross teams are conducting nearly 200,000 door-to-door residential assessments, including how many homes have been affected and the extent of the damage. To date, the Red Cross and partners have provided more than 58,600 overnight stays for thousands of residents in more than 70 emergency shelters. More than 3,300 Red Cross volunteers have supported relief efforts, and, with the help of partners, provided over 1.7 million meals and snacks, and some 404,000 relief items like cleaning supplies and comfort kits.

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian: Red Cross Response

VIDEO: Dawes family story from Hurricane Ian


Photos by Brad Zerivitz and Scott Dalton courtesy American Red Cross




Americares has emergency response teams on the ground in southwest Florida working to restore access to health services for survivors. The health-focused relief and development organization is delivering urgently needed medicines and relief supplies to help meet the health needs of survivors as well as emergency funding to help repair damaged health facilities. As Floridians grapple with the long-term effects of Hurricane Ian, Americares is also supporting the mental health of those impacted.

VIDEO: Samaritan Health and Wellness - Recovering After Hurricane Ian

Samaritan Health and Wellness - Recovering After Hurricane Ian from Americares on Vimeo.

VIDEO: Ian Update #3: A Free Community Clinic in the Wake of Hurricane Ian


Photos courtesy Americares


Americares team members meet with Nadine "Deanie" Singh, the Executive Director of Premier Mobile Health Services, in Fort Myers, Florida to begin a new partnership. (Photo/Mike Demas) 


Team members make preparations for travel to Florida in the Americares Distribution Center as part of Americares response to the destruction from Hurricane Ian. (Photo/Mike Demas) 


Nicholas Boswell and Tija Danzig assess damage in Port Charlotte, FL after Hurricane Ian. October, 5, 2022. (Photo/Mike Demas) 

Convoy of Hope has distributed 2.2 million pounds of essential relief supplies such as food, water, baby supplies, hygiene kits, tarps, and cleaning supplies, and served more than 115,000 Hurricane Ian survivors. To date, more than 1,500 volunteers have devoted more than 9,000 hours of service to 24 communities. Convoy is also assisting residents with debris removal, cleanup, home repairs, and building materials.

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian Update 10


Photos courtesy Convoy of Hope




Global Empowerment Mission is distributing food, water, tarps, supplies and building materials to communities along the Gulf Coast. With distribution hubs in Lee and Collier Counties, the agency has already served more than 77,000 individuals and delivered supplies valued at over $1.7 million. They are also working in tandem with the Florida Division of Emergency Management to support local shelters.

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian 2 Month Recap

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian Pine Island Mission


Photos courtesy Global Empowerment Mission

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The NAACP Collier County is aiding residents who live in the historic River Park community in the City of Naples, a predominantly African-American community. The agency is providing basic needs, such as food, water, cleaning supplies and temporary housing. Stage 2 of recovery efforts will involve supplying building materials and professional services such as electricians and plumbers.

Photos courtesy NAACP Collier County




Project HOPE medical volunteers are providing support to health clinics and special needs shelters for seniors and people with disabilities. In addition to medical advice and care, the agency is also providing psychological first aid and mental health trainings, and distributing medicines, bedpans, baby supplies, hygiene kits, water, food and first-aid kits to residents in Charlotte, Collier, Lee and Sarasota Counties.

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian Emergency Response Updates: Live with CNN

VIDEO: Hurricane Ian Updates: PBS NewsHour


Photos courtesy Project HOPE

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Samaritan's Purse is providing equipment and supplies to hundreds of families impacted by Hurricane Ian. The agency and its team of over 5,000 volunteers are helping residents with debris removal and cleanup, tarping roofs, home repair, and building materials.

VIDEO: On The Ground: Hurricane Ian: Rushing Hope to Florida

VIDEO: Franklin Graham on the Ground in Florida


Photos courtesy Samaritan's Purse




World Central Kitchen is providing meals to residents and emergency responders in Lee County, including Fort Myers, Cape Coral, Pine Island and Sarasota. The agency has established 15 public distribution sites and has partnered with 50 Florida-based food trucks. They are distributing meals with vehicles, seaplanes, helicopters and an amphibious vehicle. To date, World Central Kitchen has served more than 825,000 meals and distributed truckloads of clean water.

VIDEO: WCK’s Chef Relief Team is in Florida responding to Hurricane Ian

VIDEO: WCK #ChefsForFlorida | Fort Myers Beach

VIDEO: WCK #ChefsForFlorida l Englewood


Photos courtesy World Central Kitchen

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Ways to Donate

Call 561-655-1919

Send check to Town of Palm Beach United Way with "Hurricane Ian" in the memo.
44 Cocoanut Row, Suite M201
Palm Beach, FL 33480

Click the button below.