I intended to launch this website with a different post, but the goal is definitely the same: To connect people, causes and ideas, and what better way to do that than to start with Hurricane Matthew relief opportunities.
While this is by no means an exhaustive list of opportunities, I felt compelled to start the list. I welcome additions and will do my best to vet them to make sure we're sharing ways to help with integrity.
Jacksonville experienced very high winds, many people were without power, and there were downed trees on roofs, in roadways and more. Our neighborhood and most everyone around us has piles of brush neatly lining the sides of the road, waiting for pickup now. Almost all of our city has power back, but there are some of the more wooded areas in the Mandarin area that are still without power. The City of Jacksonville leadership has done a great job communicating progress and has brought in countless additional teams to help with this large task. It's been amazing to see our church friends rally around one another, offering hot showers, laundry services and just all around good care.
Hurricane Matthew's Impact Further South in St. Augustine, Florida
Hurricane Matthew flooded many homes along the coast line, but it was not a wide-spread occurrence, from what I understand. This doesn't make it any less tragic for the families impacted, but it contrasts drastically in comparison to 30 miles South of us in St. Augustine. This ancient city fared much, much worse.
As we prepped for the hurricane, we had so many resources available to us to prepare. I couldn't help but become more heartbroken for Haiti and the devastation they experienced again, many of the issues not fixed after the earthquake six years ago.
I've pulled together some resources where you can give locally and globally and help those affected in Haiti. If you know of other relief efforts, please leave them in the comments or contact me so that I can add to this list.
Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts in Jacksonville & St. Augustine, Florida
To aid in local efforts, you can join the Facebook group "St. Augustine Hurricane Recovery," where there are people banding together to help their city. According to the St. Augustine Register, local resident & musician Corey Peterson began the group.
Anastasia Baptist Church has started a separate Facebook Page to coordinate relief efforts. Follow along and find out ways to get involved, here. Their food kitchen was in need of food for delivery yesterday and those needs have been met at this time. What a beautiful way to see community coming together.
Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts in Haiti
I have a friend from Baylor who moved to Haiti right before the earthquake to teach school with her husband. They lived there several years and made trustworthy, long-lasting friendships and contacts within the community of Port-Au-Prince. I've kept in contact with her and she has a good pulse on what is needed in that area of Haiti at this time.
TeacHaiti is one such non-profit she worked closely with, and has recommended donating to the Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund here. Founder Miquette Denie McMahon says there is a long list of current needs. Miquette would like to help families replace the roofs to their homes that were destroyed by the storm, and you can help contribute.
New roofs vary in cost, but are estimated between $1200-$1900 per home. They are hoping to provide between $50-$80 in food and necessities for every family they help. Thank you for helping the people of Haiti! Donate online here and add a note "Hurricane Matthew Help."