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If You or Someone You Know Needs Assistance

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. You can also text “Irma” to 898-211, or visit www.211.org to find your local provider and more information.

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.

United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund

United Way has created the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund to support local communities in the Southeast United States and Caribbean affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria. As part of our goal to build stronger communities, and to fight for every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate.

United Way’s Irma/Maria Recovery fund will complement those efforts, help smaller United Ways who may not have the capacity to create their own fund and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact affected areas.

With your help, United Way has raised more than $12.68 million for mid- and long-term recovery from National and Local funds.

 

Donate to the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund

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

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How to Donate to Local Efforts

As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster. Local funds have been set up to help with both the short-term needs and the longer-term rebuilding efforts. You can learn more about how to donate or how you can help those impacted by these natural disasters.

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  • What is the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund?

    This fund will help local United Ways meet storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.   

    100% of individual donations given to the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund will be used to meet storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery in the affected areas. The money will be distributed to United Ways in the affected areas of the Southeast United States, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and trusted partners in other affected areas of the Caribbean. United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery. 

  • Why have we established this fund?

    It is part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding, a role we play after first responders’ work is done. 

    United Way served as the cornerstone for long-term recovery after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
    United Way is proud to partner with other organizations helping with immediate relief and evacuations.

    United Way is laying the groundwork for the region’s long-term recovery, which is expected to take several years. Many local United Ways play a critical role in short- and medium-term assistance too, through 2-1-1 and other resources. 

  • How will the fund’s money be distributed?

    100% of individual donations given to the United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund will be used for recovery efforts in the affected areas. The money will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas of the Southeast United States, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and trusted partners in other affected areas of the Caribbean.

    The United Way Irma/Maria Recovery Fund will help local United Ways meet storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery throughout the affected areas. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.
     
    We are working closely with United Ways in the affected areas to determine an equitable and transparent distribution plan for the fund. Our goal is to get the decision-making as local as possible, specifically centered on mid- and long-term recovery, and for maximum impact.

  • What about credit card processing fees?

    Bank of America Merchant Services and American Express, longtime partners of United Way, have generously offered to waive credit card processing fees for individual donations made through our website ensuring that the maximum amount of individual donations will go toward recovery efforts on the ground.

  • How will United Way Worldwide be accountable for the fund?

    United Way Worldwide will report the total amount of money raised by this regional fund and United Ways in the affected areas on its website (unitedway.org/recovery), updating that number on a daily basis. Distributions will also be tracked on its website.

    United Way Worldwide meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability spanning Governance, Measuring Effectiveness, Finances and Fundraising.  The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on www.give.org. 

  • How can I send a donation check or wire transfer?

    Checks should be made out to United Way Worldwide, and the designation “Irma/Maria” should be on the memo line.

    Mail checks to:
    United Way Worldwide
    P.O. Box 418607
    Boston, MA 02241-8607

    For wire transfers, please contact Jeanette Powell for more information.

  • Questions about the donation process?

    If for any reason you have questions about the donation process, our online form or method of payment, or the United Way Irma Recovery Fund in general, please click here to submit a question. Thank you for your generosity.