We’ve awarded more than $6 million in response to Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, Maria and Mexico Earthquake

Woman helping disaster relief efforts by boxing water

In the aftermath of a devastating hurricane season, we continue to issue grants to help those affected by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, as well as earthquake relief in Mexico. To date*, a total of $6,132,530 in grants have been allocated thanks to the generosity of corporations, local and national hurricane relief benefits and individual contributions made through Operation Helping Hands.

Together, we will continue to help our friends and neighbors rebuild their lives and help our community recover.


Miami Recovery Fund$700,000
Helping individuals and families in Miami-Dade who were directly impacted by Hurricane Irma receive assistance with rent/mortgage, utilities, food, medicine, and other basic needs through a voucher system. Funds were distributed through the following agencies:

  • Branches
  • Catalyst Miami
  • Centro Campesino
  • Connect Familias
  • Jewish Community Services
  • Miami-Dade County Community Action Agency
  • Redlands Christian Migrant Association
  • Sant La
  • Youth Co-op
  • Salvation Army

Small Business Fund – $251,887
To assist micro-businesses recover from the hurricane.

Feeding South Florida – $51,250
To offset costs associated with food provided locally in response to Irma.

Agency Recovery Fund$822,728
Targeted for local non-profits to help address repair costs, loss of income and insurance deductibles.

United Way of the Florida Keys – $360,545
United Way of Collier County – $50,000


Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico – $1,386,000
Provision of solar panels to 8 communities in Puerto Rico, water filtration systems to 10,000 expectant mothers, debit cards, supplies and increased funding to agencies providing direct relief assistance.

Food for the Poor – $545,000
Shipment of 6 containers to Puerto Rico containing generators, gas, propane canisters, fans, tarps, mosquito netting and medical supplies.

Epilepsy Foundation of Florida – $25,000
To support the purchase of medicine.

World Central Kitchen – $25,000
To help cover the cost of hot meals provided by the organization.


Food for the Poor – $315,000
For roofing materials in Dominica.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency – $50,000
Toward relief efforts in Turks and Caicos and the eastern Caribbean.

United Way of the Virgin Islands – $50,000

Friends of Caritas Cubana – $60,000
For roofing materials to repair 150 homes in Cuba and mattresses.

United Way of Turks and Caicos – $40,000
For relief and recovery efforts.


Heart of Florida United Way – $50,000
Support efforts to help Puerto Ricans arriving in the central Florida area.

Miami-Dade Caribbean Evacuee Recovery Fund – $286,671
For relocation costs.


United Way of Aransas County – $28,661
United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County – $28,661 
United Way of Houston – $1,000,000


Fondos Unidos Mexico – $6,127

Total funds allocated to date: $6,132,530

*To date – as of June, 22 2018

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Thank you to the generous individuals, companies and organizations who supported our relief and recovery efforts during a devastating hurricane season. Together, we will continue to help our friends and neighbors rebuild their lives and help our community recover.

$2 million +

Lennar Corporation

$1 million +

United Way Worldwide

$500,000 +

Madeleine and Micky Arison
Stuart Miller

$100,000 +

Hauck Charitable Foundation
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Rooms To Go Incorporated
Ted Arison Family Foundation
TruFusion Franchising LLC

$75,000 +

Comcast Communications
Florida Blue
United Way of Florida, Inc.

$50,000 +

Fitness1 Kendall LLC
Impetus Foundation – Shiner Beers

$25,000 +

AARP, Inc.
Edmund N. Ansin
Speedway LLC
SunTrust Bank
The Lary Foundation, Inc.
Town of Palm Beach United Way
Volunteer Florida
Wells Fargo

$10,000 +

ActBlue Charities
David Martinez
FitLight USA, Inc.
Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau
Hoehn Family Charitable Trust
Joan Payson and Lone Pine Capital
Kino MacGregor
Marta S. Weeks Wulf
Orange Bowl Foundation
Pediatric Associates Foundation
Spencer Stuart
Taqueria El Rinconcito Inc.

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