September 15, 2017
CONTACT: Erin VanSickle

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Scott and Volunteer Florida today thanked Emmy-nominated actress Sofia Vergara for supporting the Florida Disaster Fund to benefit victims of Hurricane Irma. Vergara recorded a public service announcement that will be aired statewide by Comcast and other partners. To make a donation, visit or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a $10.00 donation.

Governor Scott said, “We are grateful for Sofia’s commitment to the countless families and communities in Florida that have been impacted by Hurricane Irma. We encourage Floridians and people across the nation to give to the Florida Disaster Fund – it is the best way to support Florida.”

Vergara is not only committed to raise funds for disaster victims; she has also worked to with partners Rooms to Go, Head & Shoulders, EBY, Ninja Coffee Bar, and RAZE to donate needed products. Her office also served as an information hub last week to help Floridians get out of the storm safely.

Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “Volunteer Florida thanks Sofia for supporting the Florida Disaster Fund. As the state’s official private fund to support disaster survivors, the Florida Disaster Fund is a trusted resource for disaster response and recovery in Florida and donations will go directly to those in need.”

The Florida Disaster Fund, administered by the Volunteer Florida Foundation, was activated by Governor Scott to aid those impacted by Hurricane Irma.

To view the video, click here.

PSA Script:

Hi. I’m Sofia Vergara. As Florida families begin to recover from Hurricane Irma, I ask you to support the Florida Disaster Fund.

Visit FLORIDADISASTERFUND.ORG to make a donation. 

Your support will directly help families in need. 

You can also text DISASTER to 20222 to make a donation.

Thank you for supporting Florida! 


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” 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.