Hurricane Irma

Many relief organizations are doing double duty responding to the whammy of Hurricane Harvey and Irma in a two-week time frame.

On Monday, as the now-Tropical Storm Irma continued its perilous trek northward — and a third hurricane was lurking near Turks and Caicos — jurisdictions begin to pick up the pieces and assess the toll. And Americans, again, are eager to help.

Here are some organizations where you can direct your dollars:




Organizations Helping Hurricane Victims

UNICEF USA says it is targeting children impacted by Irma and is on the ground with staff and equipment for water treatment, hygiene and more within the Caribbean.

Catholic Relief Services is soliciting donations to respond to Irma and to prepare for Hurricane Jose for people in Haiti, the Dominican Republic, Cuba and other Caribbean Islands.

World Vision is providing immediate supplies as well as long-term aid to families along Irma’s path. The Christian humanitarian organization says 90% of a donation goes directly to help those impacted.

The Red Cross, whose management has come under fire after a congressional report and media probes in recent years, says it has mobilized its second massive hurricane response in two weeks and is providing critical aid for Irma and Harvey victims.

Operation USA, a Los Angeles-based disaster relief group, offers a wide variety of ways to lend a hand from sending a check to donating air mileage.

 Americares, which is providing emergency health care access in Texas for Harvey victims, is also partnering with health centers in Florida along Irma’s path.

GoFundMe, a crowdfunding platform, has created a landing page that aggregates all campaigns created by and for Florida victims as well as relief efforts in the Caribbean. People can donate to a direct-impact fund or create their own fundraisers.

PayPal, which operates a worldwide online payments system, has launched a disaster relief campaign and says it will waive processing costs to ensure that 100% of donations go toward the effort. The company, which is also running a campaign for Harvey, is a sponsor of a telethon called Hand in Hand – A Benefit for Hurricane Relief. It will air Tuesday at 8 p.m. ET on multiple networks and feature more than 40 celebrities.

Habitat for Humanity is working with its local offices in Florida and the Caribbean to inspect damage from Irma. The group is helping families clean up after both Harvey and Irma and will help with rebuilding efforts. Donations can be made at or by calling 1-800-HABITAT.

Confirm Names of Well-Respected Charities

Charity Navigator, a watchdog that appraises charities based on their tax filings, lists 22 groups responding to Irma that hold at least a three-star rating. You can find the list here. The group advises people to research relief organizations before making a donation.


Your generous donations, large or small, go a long way toward helping those affected by the storms.



Article, written by Susan Miller, originally appeared in USA Today 9/11/17

photo from Charity Navigator 9.11.17

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