Hurricane Ian Relief
Catholic Charities has been distributing supplies and assisting with cleanup in the hardest hit areas of our community.
Catholic Charities has a sign-up form on their website.
They need volunteers Monday - Friday from 9 AM – 5 PM at the following locations:
Catholic Charities Elizabeth Galeana Center
4235 Michigan Link Ave
Fort Myers, Florida 33919
St. Columbkille Catholic Church
12171 Iona Rd
Fort Myers, Florida 33908
St. Leo the Great (Catholic Charities Bldg.)
28290 Beaumont Rd.
Bonita Springs FL 34134
Knights of Columbus State Council
We have some initial volunteer opportunities for those who wish to help out with Disaster Relief in SW Florida. We ask all volunteers that show up to wear a K of C Volunteer T-shirt or a Council shirt.
We will be distributing water and MREs at two different locations on Saturday, October 8:
8:30 AM-12:00 PM: St Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, 21505 Augusta Avenue, Port Charlotte, FL 33952
1:30 PM-4:00 PM: St Paul Catholic Church, 1330 East Oak St., Arcadia, FL 34266
If there are any items leftover, we will be attempting to take them to Jesus the Worker Church, 881 Nuna Ave, Fort Myers, FL 33905
We are expecting that we will be continuing food distribution at these locations in succeeding days, but the details and schedule have not yet been worked out.
There is also a request for assisting Cheney Brothers in helping to distribute food for electrical utility workers going into the impacted areas on Saturday, Oct 8. The location is 1 Cheney Way, Punta Gorda, FL 33982, beginning at 8:00 AM.
State Secretary, Knights of Columbus
SMDP Outreach has been cooking and serving meals in Tice, one the neediest areas of Ft. Myers, for many years. The area was heavily impacted by Hurricane Ian, and the ministry is serving even more people on a daily basis. They need help Monday - Friday:
Cooking 10 am - 2 pm
Serving 2 pm - 6 pm
Mercy Chefs is cooking and providing meals to the community at the Next Level Church in Gateway. To volunteer with this organization, go to mercychefs.com/serve
The Edison Sailing Center in North Fort Myers
Elizabeth Andrews, an amazing SJXXIII and SMD volunteer is requesting help at The Edison Sailing Center in North Fort Myers.
They are in need of extra hands M-F 9-noon to help clean up boats, gear and debris as they were hit pretty hard. While Elizabeth plans to be up there as often as possible and could help connect families, The point of contact for the sailing center would be Stephanie Webb at email@example.com
13019 N Cleveland Ave, North Fort Myers, FL 33903
Volunteer needs for the hurricane recovery from many organizations:
Have a Place to Rent?
If you have a home or a room that you are willing to lease, it could help to ease the housing situation for those who have been displaced.
Jessica Nolan of Old Florida Dream Team Realty 239-351-5491, is helping to get people placed into homes.
Catholic Charities Ft. Myers Beach food & supply distribution
Catholic Charities will be distributing food, water, tarps etc. in Fort Myers Beach this Friday 10/28/22 from 10:30am to 1:30pm. They need volunteers, food, and cleaning supplies. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 407-796-1645 if you can help or donate supplies.
We will meet at 9:30 AM to load the supplies at:
From there we will drive or carpool to Church of the Ascension, 6025 Estero Blvd, Fort Myers Beach, FL 33931.
Note: There has been an increase in deadly bacterial infections since the hurricane. Please stay out of flood waters. Use extra caution if you get cuts or scratches. If you have boots, you may want to bring them.
Next week Catholic Charities will try to do the same for Sanibel.