Disaster Relief Fund

Disaster Relief Fund
Addressing Mid- and Long-Term Needs
 
In the aftermath of Hurricane Irma, United Way of St. Lucie County is collaborating with our community and funded partners to identify needs and to gather necessary resources to help residents of St. Lucie County who have been directly impacted by Hurricane Irma with storm-related needs.
 
When the debris is cleared and the first responders have gone, United Way's role as the leader of long-term recovery in our area begins. United Way convenes and works with our community's social service providers to assess the needs, identify partners to help meet them, invest in the services needed, and provide ongoing resources and support.
 
Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Grant (for non-profit organizations):
 
Allegany Franciscan Ministries has partnered with United Way of St. Lucie County to address the immediate needs of residents, as well as the needs of non-profit agencies that were adversly impacted by Hurricane Irma. To that end, the two entities have established a coordinated Hurricane Irma Relief & Recovery Funding application process. This funding process will provide assistance to nonprofit organizations in St. Lucie County whose facilities, services and clients have been impacted by Hurricane Irma.
 
Funding priorities for Hurricane Irma Relief and Recovery Funds include:
 
    1. emergency food, shelter and other basic needs;
    2. facility costs (repairs and relocations) not covered by FEMA or private insurance;
    3. expansion of service capacity related to increased demand for direct services             during or immediately following Hurricane Irma;
 
Because we may receive a high volume of requests for these funds, applicants are advised that we do not expect to be able to cover all funding requests; and we may not be able to fund the full amount of each request. However, we are committed to make the best use of available resources to address the highest priority needs. To address these concerns, we have set the following limitations on applications:
 
  • Applicants must be nonprofit organizations that provide services to St. Lucie County residents;
  •  Applicants must apply for assistance from FEMA, if applicable, and to their private insurance companies to cover the cost of repairs or replacements caused by Hurricane Irma;
  • Nonprofit agencies that have business interruption insurance must submit claims for lost revenues to their insurance companies.
 
Specific Information:
 
FEMA Disaster Assistance- Disaster assistance is offered through FEMA if you sustained losses or damage from the recent storms.
  • You can call to apply: 800-621-FEMA (3362)
  • The TTY number is 800-462-7585
  • For more information, or to apply, visit http://www.disasterassistance.gov
  • Or apply6 from your smartphone at: m.fema.gov
Crisis Cleanup- Home cleanup hotline for Hurricane Irma. Call: 800-451-1954
As they are able, reputable and vetted relief agencies to assist in cutting fallen trees, remove drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to overwhelming need.
 
General Information:
 
Disaster Unemployment Assistance- Disaster Unemployment Assistance (DUA) is available to Florida businesses and residents whose employment or self-employment was lost or interrupted as a result of Hurricane Irma can call 800-385-3920 or visit www.floridajobs.org.
 
Available Housing- For Florida residents who have been displaced by Hurricane Irma, visit www.FloridaHousingSearch.org
 
Office of Insurance: Many insurance offices in Florida have also been affected by Hurricane Irma. For anyone having a problem reaching their agent or insurance office, contact: Office of Insurance Regulations
Division of Financial Services
877-693-5236 or visit http://myfloridacfo.com

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Good News!

Roxanne Wells, Director of Communications and Work Place Giving accepts a generous grant of a $5,000.00 corporate gift to our Annual Campaign. Pictured (left to right) Ruben Valls; Roxanne Wells; Elaine Clem; Idalmy Figueroa. Roxanne Wells, Director of Communications and Work Place Giving accepts a generous grant of a $5,000.00 corporate gift to our Annual Campaign. Pictured (left to right) Ruben Valls; Roxanne Wells; Elaine Clem; Idalmy Figueroa.
UWSLC board member Jan Chase was presented with a $262,000 check by Publix St. Lucie County Management Team. This generous corporate gift to our annual campaign was made by Publix Super Markets Charities. UWSLC board member Jan Chase was presented with a $262,000 check by Publix St. Lucie County Management Team. This generous corporate gift to our annual campaign was made by Publix Super Markets Charities.
Thank you Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club for another banner year fundraising for, both, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Pictured with Karen Knapp is Lois & Brent Fraser, Harbour Ridge 2016-2017 Campaign Co-Chairs and Carol Houwaart-Diez. Thank you Harbour Ridge Yacht & Country Club for another banner year fundraising for, both, St. Lucie and Martin Counties. Pictured with Karen Knapp is Lois & Brent Fraser, Harbour Ridge 2016-2017 Campaign Co-Chairs and Carol Houwaart-Diez.
United Way of SLC CEO Karen Knapp spoke to state legislators at the SLC Legislative Delegation Meeting at IRSC on Friday, advocating on behalf of children, the elderly and Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families. United Way of SLC CEO Karen Knapp spoke to state legislators at the SLC Legislative Delegation Meeting at IRSC on Friday, advocating on behalf of children, the elderly and Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed (ALICE) families.