United Way Responds to Hurricane Irma

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United Ways across the country are helping victims face the devastating effects of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane Harvey, offering hope and help when and where it is most needed. As needs are assessed following Hurricane Irma, United Ways will be responding both on the ground locally and via 2-1-1, United Way’s free information hotline.

If You or Someone You Know Needs Help Now

2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call
2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services - 24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs related to hurricane recovery or anything else.

One of Connecticut’s latest efforts to help with Hurricane relief is to manage diverted 2-1-1 phone calls. Connecticut is one of a dozen states who are helping answer the heavy call load from residents seeking information and help.


To immediately support efforts underway, you can donate to the Florida Disaster Fund, the state’s official private fund that helps communities respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. One hundred percent of funds go to disaster-related response—there are no overhead costs. To donate by credit card, click here. To make a one-time donation of $10, text the word DISASTER to 20222. (A one-time donation of $10 will be added to your mobile bill; you must be 18+ and all donations must be authorized by the account holder.)

If you are interested in personally volunteering in Florida, Volunteer Florida is helping to match prospective volunteers with opportunities across organizations. You can fill out a registration form, and Volunteer Florida will contact you with opportunities that match your profile.

Hurricane Harvey’s Effects: Still Needs Your Help

While we share our love and support via donations to areas affected by Irma, the needs from the devastation will be ongoing for months.

The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund

United Way created the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.

So far, United Way has raised more than $24,820,000 for mid and long term recovery from National and Local funds. To donate to help those imapcted by Hurricane Harvey, donations can be made to www.unitedway.org/harvey.

This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.