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How Lakeland is supporting Hurricane Ian relief efforts

A guide to how to support those affected by Hurricane Ian.


Lakeland has a generous and supportive community. | Photo by LALtoday

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Florida is definitely no stranger to hurricane seasonbut Ian has kept us on our toes. While we aren’t sure exactly what the full extent of the storm’s impact will be overall (follow the current track here), there’s one thing we can be certain of — Lakelanders will be looking to lend a hand to those affected.

Here are just a few ways you can get involved. ⤵️

GiveWell Community Foundation + United Way of Central Florida teamed up to create the United Community Relief Fund which will support residents of Polk, Hardee, and Highlands counties. You can also donate to the South Sarasota County Relief Fund.

OneBlood is encouraging all eligible donors to give blood to help those impacted by the hurricane.

The Peace River Center located in Bartow offers emotional + crisis support via hotline. It plans to continue its 24-hour crisis and residential programs through the storm. Make an online donation.


Polk County is accepting applications for disaster volunteers. After filling out your application, you will be contacted for availability.

Volunteer to be a Disaster Shelter Worker for Polk County and provide support for those displaced from their homes and in need of temporary shelter.

American Red Cross needs volunteers in multiple areas, including its disaster action team, shelter services, and disaster health. Search for volunteer openings here.

How are you helping out? Be a role model and tell us about it.