Post-Irma: Tampa Opportunities to Help and Volunteer

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.

Donate Blood

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.

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Written by Brian Bailey

Brian Bailey is the founder and editor of I Love the Burg and That's So Tampa. In addition to regular contributions to each blog, he's been featured as a commentator to Bay New 9, The Tampa Tribune, The Tampa Bay Times, The Tampa Bay Business Journal and The Business Observer as well as national outlets including The Huffington Post and The Wall Street Journal. Bailey also serves as the CEO of, a Tampa Bay-based digital agency.