United Ways Offer Hope and Help in Response to Hurricanes
As of September 11, the United Way Network has raised more than $27.43 million for mid- and long-term recovery efforts related to hurricane relief.
United Way created the United Way Hurricane Recovery Funds to support local communities affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, the national fund will complement local efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas. Those wishing to contribute can select to direct funds to Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, or where it's needed most.
This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. United Way’s will focus on mid- and long-term recovery with 100% of all individual donations being distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. Bank of America and American Express, longtime partners of United Way, have generously offered to waive credit card processing fees ensuring that the maximum amount of individual donations will go toward recovery efforts on the ground.
United Way served as the cornerstone for long-term recovery after Hurricane Katrina, flooding in Tamil Nadu, India and other disasters. We are proud to partner with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others who are helping with immediate relief and evacuations. As we continue to assist with recovery efforts in Texas, Louisiana and other areas affected by Hurricane Harvey, we are also closely monitoring Hurricane Irma in the Caribbean. In partnership with Florida state association and Caribbean colleagues, we are reaching out as Hurricane Irma moves in. More information will be available as this situation continues to develop.