TALLAHASSEE—Volunteer Florida is reminding those who want to support Floridians impacted by Hurricane Matthew to consider the following points before giving:

  • Cash: Financial support to established relief organizations is always the most immediate, useful and versatile way to give. Financial assistance allows relief organizations to meet urgent needs quickly.
  • Confirm: Confirm there is a need before collecting or sending donated items. Volunteer Florida encourages cash donations to disaster relief organizations.
  • Connect: Volunteers are a critical part of a well-coordinated and well-resourced humanitarian response, but potential volunteers should confirm that they are needed before traveling to impacted areas – do not self-deploy. If you are interested in volunteering, please visit this link.

Volunteer Florida Chief Executive Officer Chester W. Spellman said, “Individuals and organizations from across the nation have indicated a strong interest in supporting the State of Florida following Hurricane Matthew, and we are grateful for this support as we respond to this storm. Financially supporting established disaster relief organizations is a great way to immediately assist those who will be impacted or displaced by Hurricane Matthew. Cash donations are the best way for these organizations to help survivors return to normal as quickly as possible.”

As Florida’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters, Volunteer Florida is working closely with Governor Scott, the Florida Division of Emergency Management, and disaster relief organizations to support those impacted by Hurricane Matthew.

To see a list of established disaster relief organizations or register as a volunteer to serve those impacted by Hurricane Matthew, please visit this link.