How to Support Surfside Relief Efforts #surfsidestrong
As a South Florida-based company, we are heartbroken by the condo collapse in Surfside. With so many in our community displaced and grieving, we wanted to alert our Boatsetter community to some of the opportunities available to help support the ongoing relief efforts as well as those affected by this tragedy.
We’ll add to this vetted list as relief efforts continue to grow and change over the coming weeks and months. Please let us know if we’ve missed something here and we’ll add it to the list!
We’re so proud to be from a community that pulls together to support each other in times like these. As we move forward, let’s all look for ways to be of service to those who need us most. Remember: We’re stronger together!
The American Red Cross is at the scene of the collapse helping authorities with rescue efforts. It offers several online and mail options for donating. The organization typically does not accept donations for specific disaster events, but if you’d like to earmark your donation for Surfside, print out this form and mail it to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37839, Boone, IA 50037-0839.
To donate by phone or to get assistance with your donation, call 1-800-HELP NOW (1-800-435-7669). For Spanish, call 1-800-435-7669, and for a TDD operator call 1-800-220-4095.
Aventura Turnberry Jewish Center. Through its “Care Cards for Surfside” fundraiser, the center is currently accepting gift cards in any amount to Amazon, Costco, Ikea, Bed Bath and Beyond, Rooms to Go, City Furniture, Eldorado Furniture, Apple, Target, Walmart, VISA, Mastercard, and AMEX. Drop off a gift card at 20400 NE 30th Avenue, Aventura, Florida 33180 or donate online.
Catholic Charities has been on-site to see what resources families will need and is continuing to minister to those most affected. Donate here to join their efforts.
Food Rescue US is working with local restaurants to provide meals to those evacuated and staying in local hotels. They have also been providing food and beverages to first responders working tirelessly day and night on the scene. Your support will allow them to continue to provide for those impacted by this unimaginable tragedy. Donate here.
GoFundMe has created a hub of verified fundraisers, which is growing every day. Each fundraiser in the hub is backed by the GoFundMe Guarantee, which ensures all funds will go to those affected. These are the people most affected, those who have lost everything in this disaster. Currently, there are 21 verified fundraisers in the hub.
Greater Miami Jewish Federation has set up a fund that will help those affected most by this tragedy rebuild their lives in the long term. Donate online or mail a check with the notation “Surfside Building Collapse” to: Greater Miami Jewish Federation, 4200 Biscayne Blvd., Miami, FL 33137.
The Miami Marlins, along with the Miami Marlins Foundation, have seeded a relief fund to support all those impacted by the collapse. Fans and community members wishing to donate may do so here.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors has set up the Surfside Building Collapse Fund. The goal of this fund will be to assist the victims in the long term with unforeseen costs and things not covered by insurance. We will work with the City of Surfside and F.R.I.E.N.D. Miami-Dade’s Long Term Disaster Recovery Group to best help those affected by this tragedy.
Operation Helping Hands, a local partnership between United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald, is raising funds and calling for emergency response volunteers.
Shul of Bal Harbour has set up an online donation fund, with donations set to be dispersed as needed directly for the victims and families of the building collapse. Community members are being asked to bring donation items to one of two donation sites: 9540 Collins Avenue (The Shul), or 850 NE 183rd St. (The Skylake Synagogue). Specific items requested: blankets, pillows, phone chargers, sweatshirts, Advil, water, and snacks.
Support Surfside, a partnership between the Miami Heat, the Miami Heat Charitable Fund, the Coral Gables Community Foundation, the Key Biscayne Community Foundation, the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation, and The Miami Foundation, is a hardship fund created to help residents both locally and nationwide give toward relief efforts. Donate here.
World Central Kitchen is serving hot meals to the Surfside community to make sure displaced residents and rescue crews are fed as they face the unexpected. Right now, the estimate is that emergency crews will be on site for at least a month. Donate to their efforts.