Relief efforts by the numbers

Since Hurricane Irma made landfall we’ve been responding to urgent requests for those who need it most. From serving older adults hot meals, donating supplies to shelters, convening our partners and their resources – to restaurants donating food, collecting and delivering essentials to search and rescue teams in the Florida Keys, recruiting and deploying hundreds of volunteers, and cleaning up our parks and rivers.

As the county’s official volunteer and fundraising arm in the event of an emergency, we are not only rebuilding our community but we have also extended our reach to the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, Texas and Mexico through Operation Helping Hands.

Here are some of our Hurricane Irma relief efforts by the numbers:

  • 12 United Way of Miami-Dade staff members completed 232 hours at the Miami-Dade County Emergency Operations Center
  • Recruited 1,202 volunteers for disaster relief efforts
  • Connected 573 volunteers to the Red Cross for relief efforts
  • Recruited 123 medically trained volunteers and referred them to the Florida Department of Health
  • Coordinated efforts with Feeding South Florida, Salvation Army, the Fire Department and Miami-Dade County to deliver food to 32 shelters across Miami-Dade County with the capacity of 51,443 residents
  • Collaborated with Feeding South Florida and Miami-Dade County to distribute 31,214 meals ready to eat (MREs) to shelters, assisted living facilities and other community organizations
  • Distributed more than 2,000 hygiene kits to shelters, assisted living facilities and farms
  • Provided volunteers for the distribution of 340,780 lbs. of ice across 13 districts in Miami-Dade County
  • Distributed 3,320 non-perishable food items
  • Collaborated with local restaurants to provide 5,895 hot meals to individuals in need of immediate assistance, assisted living facilities, shelters and Florida Department of Law Enforcement
    officers working in the Florida Keys
  • Collaborated with Mayor’s Office, law enforcement, Alliance for Aging for assessment of assisted living facilities and older adults needs
  • Received more than $2 million in Operation Helping Hands contributions
  • Created a “where to go to for help” list of resources for neighbors directly impacted by Irma
  • Collected and distributed food and cleaning supplies for local ALICE families further affected by Irma
  • Expanded all Operation Helping Hands efforts to address needs as a result of Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Maria and Mexico earthquake

As of September 25, 2017

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