One America Appeal Raises Over $3.5 million for the Florida Disaster Fund

October 26
, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. —Volunteer Florida today thanked the One America Appeal, a joint appeal by all five living former American Presidents, for directing donations to the Florida Disaster Fund. The One America Appeal, originally designed to encourage Americans to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey, has been expanded to include those affected by Hurricane Irma in Florida and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. To date, the One America Appeal has directed more than $3.5 million in donations to the Florida Disaster Fund.

Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “As Florida’s official private fund for disaster response and recovery, the Florida Disaster Fund is working to fulfill unmet needs across disaster-impacted communities. The Florida Disaster Fund has served countless Floridians as they respond to disasters, and the support of all five living former Presidents will ensure that our disaster relief partners can make even more of an impact.”

In addition, the One America Appeal also hosted a hurricane relief concert, “Deep From the Heart,” which took place Saturday evening at Texas A&M’s Reed Arena. The concert, which featured rock and country musicians including ALABAMA, Sam Moore, Yolanda Adams, Lyle Lovett, Cassadee Pope and Lady Gaga, raised $2.6 million for One America Appeal. All ticket sales and other proceeds from the concert will go directly to hurricane relief efforts, including the Florida Disaster Fund.

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.

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 – IRMA” in the memo line.

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

Individuals may also text DISASTER to 20222 to make a $10.00 donation.

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

About the One America Appeal:

The One America was launched on September 7th by all five living former presidents to raise private money for hurricane victims. All donations made will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas, Hurricane Irma in Florida, and Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. In Florida, monies will go to the Florida Disaster Fund, which is the state’s official private fund to assist the state’s communities as they respond to and recover from destructive storms.

GBPLF One America Appeal
Post Office Box 14141

College Station, Texas 77841-4141
*Checks should be payable to “GBPLF One America Appeal”