After a week of anticipation and stress, the Tampa Bay area was spared the full brunt of Hurricane Irma. However, there are still people locally and within the state of Florida that are in need of assistance. Here are some ways to volunteer and help out those impacted by Irma.
To ensure enough blood is available locally and for those heavily impacted by Irma, OneBlood urges all eligible donors to donate as soon as possible. While all blood types are needed, there is an urgent call for O negative and O positive blood, as well as platelets and plasma donations. Click HERE to find a Tampa location near you.
Donate to a local food bank
If you are no longer in need of those water bottles and canned food, consider donating them to a local food bank.
Give a displaced animal a forever home
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay has already taken in more than a dozen stray animals displaced from Hurricane Irma. You can help out by adopting or fostering a new family member.
Help clean up efforts
Hurricane Irma dropped a lot of debris around the Tampa Bay area. Get involved with clean up efforts such as Keep Tampa Bay Beautiful to restore the beauty back to the Bay.
Help those heavily impacted in South Florida with Volunteer Florida
Volunteer Florida is the state’s lead agency for volunteers and donations before, during, and after disasters. Volunteer Florida mobilizes and deploys resources to assist those responding to and recovering from disasters. To register with Volunteer Florida check out their website.
If you have a cause or volunteer suggestion, please email us at [email protected]