Hurricane Ian may have left Florida days ago, but its impact continues to affect our region. The storm was one of the strongest hurricanes on record for the state and it wreaked havoc over parts of our region and our neighboring communities in southwest Florida.

As residents begin to assess the damage from the storm and coordinate their plans to rebuild, we know many of you and your companies are interested in how you can help. Check out these local and national organizations that are mobilizing their efforts to help those who are in need.

If your company is planning efforts, please share them with us by emailing so that we can engage our entire REALTOR® community.

American Red Cross

Join us in supporting the American Red Cross. Help people affected by Hurricane Ian. Your donation enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from this disaster. Donate here.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast

Hurricane Ian caused a major disruption to the lives of our local children, and Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Sun Coast is looking for Big Brothers and Big Sisters to consider helping for one hour a week on school grounds or two meetings a month out having fun. Please contact Teresa BBBS to get more information. Getting matched takes months, so the sooner you get the process started the better. This application is all that is needed to get the application process started, and you can send it to Teresa Taft.

Donate to Our Hurricane Relief Fund

The RASM REALTORS® Charitable Foundation (RRCF) at the Realtor® Association of Sarasota and Manatee has started a relief fund to collect donations to support our members and the REALTOR® community south of us, in addition to our Community Partners. Click here to donate.

Florida REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund

The Florida REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund has been activated and is accepting donations for assistance. You can donate online to the Florida REALTORS® Disaster Relief Fund.

Sarasota County Government

For those 18 years and older seeking emergency volunteer opportunities following the storm, fill out this form to get matched with relief efforts.

Sarasota County Donation Sites

Sarasota County has announced a group of donation sites for those who want to donate supplies for local families and individuals in need.

Grace Community Church
8000 Bee Ridge Road, Sarasota
Drop-off date and time: Sunday, October 2 to Sunday, October 9, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. daily

First Sarasota: The Downtown Baptist Church
1661 Main Street, Sarasota
Drop-off date and time: Sunday, October 2, noon-4 p.m.

South Shore Community Church
1899 S. Tuttle Ave., Sarasota
Drop-off date and time: Sunday, October 2, 3-7 p.m.

CoastLife Church
2235 Seaboard Ave., Venice
Drop-off date and time: Monday, Oct. 3, 8-1o a.m. and 4-7 p.m.

Riverside Church
8660 Daniels Parkway, Fort Myers
Drop-off date and time: Monday, Oct. 3-Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.

Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee
580 McIntosh Road, Sarasota
Drop-off date and time: Monday, Oct. 3, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 4, 9 a.m.-2 p.m.; Thursday, Oct. 6, 9 a.m.-5 p.m.

Supplies Needed

There are varying levels and types of need in our community right now and a wide variety of care items would be helpful. They include:

  • Basic toiletries like shampoo, toothpaste, hairbrushes and toothbrushes, body wash & soap
  • Clothing items like shirts, skirts, pants, hoodies/jackets, socks, and shoes
  • Blankets, sheets, sleeping bags & pillows
  • Nonperishable food items such as peanut butter, canned vegetables, canned soup, & cereal
  • Bottled water, juice boxes
  • Comfort items, like stuffed animals, books, and games

Manatee County Donation Sites

Manatee County is working with local schools to collect the donations needed. Donations can be dropped off Monday, October 3 – Friday, October 7 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the following schools.

  • Bashaw Elementary
  • Braden River Elementary
  • Freedom Elementary
  • Gullet Elementary
  • Harvey Elementary
  • Kinnan Elementary
  • Lakewood Ranch Prep
  • McNeal Elementary
  • Miller Elementary
  • Mills Elementary
  • Myakka City Elementary
  • Palma Sola Elementary
  • Tara Elementary
  • Williams Elementary
  • Willis Elementary
  • Witt Elementary

Supplies Needed

Please place “like items” in separate bags for organization purposes.

  • Bottled water
  • Non-perishable food
  • Wet wipes / baby wipes
  • Clothing (good condition)
  • Bedding
  • Baby Formula
  • Gift Cards (ex. Publix, Target, Walmart, Lowes, etc.)
  • Battery powered lights, flashlights, and cell phone chargers
  • Diapers