What are the best resources for helping Hurricane Irma victims?

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    #1Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving

    Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving

    Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving is a website where you can donate money to a fund that will provide relief to Hurricane Irma survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary relief and recovery efforts from this storm in the US and Caribbean.



    Edward Scott
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I was impacted by Irma and know what it's like not to have power in the Florida heat. After getting my power back, one of the first things I did was go online to donate. I researched charities and found this was rated as one of the best to give to. I urge anyone interested to go to the website and give, if you are so inclined."
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    #2Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMe

    Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMe
    The Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief on GoFundMe is a website where you can donate money. The funds will be distributed to verified campaigns created to support people affected by Hurricane Irma.



    Anna Pena
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "If you want to do the most good to help Hurricane Irma victims without worrying that your donation is going to line the pockets of the American Red Cross executives, then the Direct Impact Fund it the best way to give. With no overhead, you can be sure your tax deductible donation is going where it's needed, to help those most affected by the hurricane - not to pay exorbitant salaries. "
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    #3American Red Cross

    American Red Cross

    The American Red Cross is an organization dedicated to preventing and relieving suffering, in the US and around the world. On their website, you can find information to donate, volunteer, and more.



    Joe Holmes
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "I donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. The work that this organization does to assist those affected by this disaster is commendable. From providing shelter, food, and comfort to the victim of Irma I can feel assured that the American Red Cross is doing everything they can."
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    #4Hurricane Irma victims need your help - Public Good

    Hurricane Irma victims need your help - Public Good

    Hurricane Irma victims need your help is a Page by CNN on Public Good that distributes donations to recommended, IRS-verified non-profits. You can also donate to an individual organization, or learn more about it.



    Nicholas Martinez
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "This site has a wealth of information regarding charities for helping Hurrican Irma victims. I was looking for a way to assist and this was an excellent starting point. The site has a clean layout and the exact information I was looking for. This is an important cause and one close to my heart as our home suffered damage many years ago when Hurricane Gloria struck."
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    #5Guidelines for Giving

    Guidelines for Giving

    Guidelines for giving is a page on the USAID CIDI website that provides information and guidance on the best way to help support relief efforts following disasters around the world. With more than 20 years of experience working in disaster areas and with relief organizations on the ground, USAID CIDI knows that monetary donations are the best way to help people affected by international disasters. Their goal is to ensure that America’s generosity results in the most effective relief and they focus on helping donors make informed decisions about how to help.



    Summer Xia
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "Guidelines for Giving is a good overview for helping in disasters as it shows the dos and don'ts of giving but it isn't the best resource for helping Irma victims immediately. There is a lot of information on the site but it doesn't have a simple, help out now, layout. I would instead link to the Red Cross or Catholic Relief services as that is an easier and more direct way to provide a solution."
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    #6United Way of Miami-Dade

    United Way of Miami-Dade

    United Way of Miami-Dade is a non-profit who aims to build community by helping people care for one another. On their website, you can help by donating or becoming a volunteer for several causes, including Hurrican Irma and Harvey relief efforts.



    Carl Daniels
    Written on September 15, 2017
    "The United Way or miami- dade county has created a website that brings hurricane relief workers and donations together, what a great idea! The destruction that Irma and Harvey have brought is being equally met by the United Way. They are experts in helping communities get back on their feet after disasters and their integrity is unmatched in the NGO community."
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    UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts in support of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. They work with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and ordinary people. On their website, you can donate to several of their causes. 



    Steven Jones
    Written on October 5, 2017
    "After striking the Caribbean and Florida, Irma did substantial damage. You can donate directly to larger organizations like Unicef, which will pay special attention to school-age children. For a broader donation of resources a better choice is the American Red Cross, which has deployed disaster responders and delivered donated blood to hard-hit areas. "
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    #8World Vision

    World Vision

    World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.


    Denise Alvarado
    Written on October 3, 2017
    "Was trying to find some basic info on whether World Vision would be a good charity and found this: "In a report on famine in Ethiopia, reporter Andrew Geoghegan, from Australian TV programme Foreign Correspondent, visited his 14 year old sponsor child. The girl has "been part of a World Vision program all her life" yet says (in translated subtitle) "Until recently, I didn't know I had a sponsor." and when asked about her knowledge of World Vision sponsorship says "Last time they gave me this jacket and a pen." Geoghegan was disconcerted to find that despite being "told by World Vision that [the girl] was learning English at school, and was improving...she speaks no English at all". In response World Vision states that they take a community approach where the money is not directly provided to the family of the sponsored child. The 'direct benefit' approach would result in jealousy among other community members without children and would not work." Isn't the sponsoring a child thing kinda what the charity promises? And why are they giving her, like, logo swag and not, you know, something she might need. Or something they said they were giving her. Weird. Troubling actually. I think I'm going to stick with the Red Cross."
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    GoFundMe is a personal online fundraising website that allows individuals, groups, and organizations to rais funds for all sorts of projects and charities.

    Free- 7.9% plus $0.30 per donation

    Shreya Yadav
    Written on January 2, 2018
    "I am a hurricane Irma victim that lost almost everything. I set up a GoFundMe and tried to share it everywhere I could. I even got other people to help me by sharing it on their page. Everyone was so overwhelmed by hurricane Harvey and then hurricane Irma that many victims got completely lost in the shuffle. We only got one donation. My biggest help was through local churches and shelters. They did more for me than GoFundMe or even FEMA."
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    #10Direct Relief

    Direct Relief

    Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and over 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay. 



    Carl Cunningham
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Hurricane Irma was a tragedy but I know better than to donate money to some fly by night charity or the Red Cross that will just spend all it's donations on overhead and black tie dinners. Direct Relief is a name I trust to use my donated money wisely and really help the victims of this horrible storm out."
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    GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.


    Austin Silva
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "As a Katrina survivor, I know the importance of charity when the worst happens. GlobalGiving is there for victims of Irma just like the charities that were there for me when my family lost everything. Please, consider how much you stand to lose if your entire neighborhood were flattened and flooded. How much do you think the victims of Irma need charity when faced with impossible crises like that? This is a fantastic charity that distributes money to small-time, but big-needs nonprofits and charitable causes in local communities, giving money directly to those in need without the huge overheads of large charities."
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    #12Google Person Finder

    Google Person Finder

    Google Person Finder is an open source web application links missing person reports and information worldwide in the event of certain disasters



    Brandon Wagner
    Written on September 22, 2017
    "Google Person Finder is offered as a free service for the general public, as well as emergency responders, to use following a catastrophe. The goal here is basically to connect first responders, or locals that may have information about people that are missing, to the remote family members that are scared and worried about their loved one. Family and friends can visit Google Person Finder, click on “I’m looking for someone”, and then type the name of the person they’re looking for. "


Best What are the best resources for helping Hurricane Irma victims
1Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving Websites 10 Free
2Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMeWebsites 8 Free
3American Red CrossWebsites 6 Free
4Hurricane Irma victims need your help - Public GoodWebsites 6 Free
5Guidelines for GivingWebsites 4 Free
6United Way of Miami-DadeWebsites 2 Free
7UNICEF USAWebsites 1 Free
8World VisionWebsites 0 Paid
9GoFundMe Websites 0 Free
10Direct ReliefWebsites 0 Free

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