Nothing makes us prouder to be in Gainesville than our neighbors’ drive to support one another and our local community. Especially after disasters like Hurricane Irma, we know many of you may be looking for ways you can help out.
We wanted to highlight a handful of super local opportunities for you to volunteer after Hurricane Irma in Gainesville. Whether you’re looking to donate time and/or funds, there are several ways to help our community recover from the storm.
You’ll also find some more general volunteer options at the bottom of this list.
6 Super Local Opportunities to Volunteer After Hurricane Irma in Gainesville
Alachua County Humane Society
Our local humane society has taken in hundreds of animals in the past week. They have an Amazon wishlist of items that will help them take care of these animals.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org to help in other ways.
GRACE Marketplace has been sheltering people during the storm and is currently looking for donations of blankets, pillows, and laundry detergent, according to United Way.
A more general list of volunteer opportunities is available on the GRACE Marketplace website.
Kanapaha Botanical Gardens
Looking for volunteers to help clean up debris. No pre-registration necessary—volunteers can just show up.
More information on the Kanapaha Botanical Gardens Facebook page.
LifeSouth Community Blood Centers
Looking for donors throughout North Florida, especially Type O. Find a drive near you via the LifeSouth website.
This local domestic abuse support network is currently looking for donations of pantry food, paper products, feminine products, gas cards and grocery store cards, according to United Way.
The Repurpose Project
Got extra wood, metal and other supplies left over from storm prep? Instead of throwing it out, you can give it back to the community by donating it to the Repurpose Project.
More information on the Repurpose Project Facebook page.
We know there are more opportunities out there, both within our community and across the many others that were impacted by this storm. Let us know what causes are important to you in the comments. You can also find a comprehensive list of volunteer opportunities at Volunteer Florida, and you can contact the Gainesville office of the Red Cross here.