10, 2016
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Today, Governor Scott recognized AT&T for its generous donation of $25,000 to the Florida Disaster Fund, which was activated earlier today to aid those impacted by Hurricane Matthew. The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities in times of disaster.

Governor Scott said, “I want to thank AT&T for its incredible generosity. Hurricane Matthew impacted communities from Palm Beach to Nassau and now thousands of families along the east coast are focused on recovery and returning to their normal routines. The Florida Disaster Fund, through generous contributions from individuals and corporations alike, will provide critical funding to disaster relief organizations committed to assisting those in need.”

Joe York, AT&T President Florida, Puerto Rico & US-VI, said, “Humanitarian responses to natural disasters depend on contributions from the public as well as the generosity of governments. AT&T’s contribution to the Florida Disaster Fund will help Floridians as they begin the work of recovery and rebuilding.”

“The correlation between the strength and resiliency of a community and the businesses within that particular community is greatly intensified during a disaster,” said State Coordinating Officer, Bryan Koon. “AT&T’s generosity underscores their understanding of the importance of the relationship which exists between the private sector and the people private businesses serve, as well as AT&T’s specific and firm commitment to support Florida families when they need it most.”

Volunteer Florida CEO Chester W. Spellman said, “The Florida Disaster Fund was established with exactly this type of disaster in mind. Disaster relief organizations have been serving the people of Florida since before Hurricane Matthew made landfall, and AT&T’s generous support allows us to support those organizations and the families they serve. We are grateful.”

How to Donate:

Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization, and are tax deductible. Donations may be made by credit card on the secure website or by check to the below address. Checks should be made payable to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and should include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line.

Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attention: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way, Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL  32311

For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact or call (850) 414-7400.

About the Florida Disaster Fund:

The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities.