ACC News | Join ACC in Supporting Communities Affected by Hurricane Ian

Over the last few days, we have seen how Hurricane Ian has devastated much of Southwestern Florida. Communities continue to go without power, access to clean food and water, and security. As many of you know, ACC has been planning to hold its 44th Annual Conference in Fort Myers, which was right in the path of hurricane Ian’s path of destruction. We continue to monitor the recovery situation and will have more information for you about the status of the conference soon. In the meantime, it is paramount that we come together and assist those affected by Hurricane Ian. Many of you live, have family, or do work in Florida. Your community is the ACC community.
ACC will be donating to the Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation. We encourage you to look through the list of emergency response organizations, food banks, shelters, and relief funds to see how you can help.
Thank you,
ACC Staff
List of Services:
Feeding Tampa Bay: Provides food for Florida residents in 10 counties.
Avow Hospice: Donate to support staff, patients, and their families with necessary medical and hygiene supplies.
Better Together: Donations of supplies (tarps, batteries, gas cans, water, non-perishable food, diapers, baby formula, personal hygiene kits, etc.)
City of Cape Coral: Special Populations Center, 410 Santa Barbara Blvd, Cape Coral, FL 33991. Open daily from 8am-5pm. Currently accepting essential items only, which are limited to water and non-perishable food. Clothing and non-essential supplies will not be accepted.
Collaboratory: SWFL Emergency Relief Fund, in partnership with United Way of Lee, Hendry, and Glades Counties; funds will support SWFL nonprofits helping people affected by Hurricane Ian.
Collier Community Foundation: Collier Comes Together Hurricane Relief Fund; donations are distributed to nonprofits serving victims and their families.
Community Cooperative: Support the Lee Country Strong Emergency Relief Fund; donations received will assist those in need with getting their lives back on track after the storm.
F.I.S.H. of Sanibel-Captiva: Includes a hurricane program and food program to assist affected members of the community. Monetary donations accepted via online payment or through bank wire transfer.
FK Your Diet: 19630 S Tamiami Trail, Fort Myers, FL, 33908. Feeding the community for free (while supplies last); can donate via Venmo (@Amy-Eldridge-5) or Cash App: $amymeldridge
Fort Myers Beach Community Foundation: #WeAreFMB Fund; donations will support those on Ft. Myers Beach; online donations accepted.
Gulf Coast Humane Society: 2010 Arcadia Street, Fort Myers, FL. 33916. Closed for the foreseeable future; needing monetary and items donated; donations can be dropped off from 9 am to 3 pm at the facility. Most-needed items include: Pet food and treats, canned cat and dog food, bleach, blankets, linens and towels (all three can be used); other items can be found here:
Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida: This hunger-relief nonprofit is accepting monetary donations to help those in need of food as well as non-perishable food; locations and times are being continuously updated.
Healthcare Network: Anyone interested in assisting our work is encouraged to make a donation to the Community Outreach Fund. Funds will be used to purchase much-needed supplies, including bottled water, canned goods, personal care items (shampoo, deodorant, toothpaste), baby diapers and adult briefs for our elderly.
Hertz Arena: 11000 Everblades Parkway, Estero, FL 33928. Donations in high demand: pillows, blankets, air mattresses, hygiene products. The arena is currently being utilized as a shelter.
Humane Society Naples: 370 Airport-Pulling Rd, Naples, FL 34104. Needing monetary and items donated. Items needed: pellet litter, clay non-clumping litter, dog crates (airline type only), cat crates and soft toys for dogs. Monetary donations will go to helping animals displaced by the storm; HSN will deploy its Mobile Vet Clinic to impacted communities, provide pet food bank assistance and emergency boarding. The organization will also take some of Gulf Coast Humane Society’s misplaced animals.
Lee Health Foundation: Needing monetary donations; donations will provide critical resources, equipment and supplies to the Lee Health hospitals and medical clinics.
The Naples Players: Hurricane Ian Scholarship Fund; donations will help families offset the costs of the arts education programs during this difficult time of rebuilding.
St. Matthew’s House: Needing monetary donations; this organization offers emergency housing and food programs.
Think Pineapple: Needing monetary donations to distribute food in Lee and Collier Counties; $15 provides one hot meal.
Valerie’s House: Hurricane Ian Relief Fund; donations will go directly to help the organization’s families in need during this time.
St. Vincent de Paul: Donations of food and goods are being accepted at the church, at 25200 Airport Road in Punta Gorda.
United Way of Collier County: The United Way of Collier and the Keys said they have enough volunteers but are in need of monetary donations. Any amount that people can give will help.
Florida Disaster Fund: the State of Florida’s official private fund established to provide financial assistance to our communities as they respond to and recover from times of emergency or disaster.
Project Hope: The Emergency Response Team provides a variety of supplies, including over-the-counter medicines such as acetaminophen, ibuprofen, child diapers, baby formula, wipes, adult diapers, glucometers, diabetes test strips, hygiene kits, water, ready-to-eat food, first-aid kits, and more.
World Central Kitchen: Founded by José Andrés, WKC provides readymade food to those affect in Florida and other places affected by climate disaster.
Team Rubicon: Disaster relief organizations.
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