UPDATED – October 25, 2017
Our thoughts and prayers are with all that have been impacted by the devastation of recent hurricanes. There are several emergency response organizations already in the affected areas helping with the immediate needs of the victims as well as supporting the long-term recovery. Many of these agencies, such as American Red Cross and Salvation Army, are supported by our local United Way and able to respond in times of large scale disaster because of your United Way support.
Right now, monetary donations are the best way to help with the disaster response. The initial response needs to be handled by trained disaster response professionals who can assist with major challenges such as food, water, shelter and medical help. If you would like to help victims of the recent hurricanes, please consider giving to a reputable organization with a history of disaster relief. United Way of Greater St. Louis has created a fund to support the affected communities. Additionally, United Way Worldwide has set up several funds for relief efforts of recent natural disasters.
Please note that first responders are taking action in the response and recovery effort, and untrained and unaffiliated volunteers should not travel to the affected areas to help.
If you or someone you know is in areas affected by the storms or flooding, dial 2-1-1 or visit 2-1-1’s website for community resources and up-to-date information, including open shelter locations, recovery assistance and emotional support.
Thank you again for your continued support and generosity in helping people.