When we find a need, we fill it – CRC’s response to Hurricane Irma
Once the phone was working and the office was open, our volunteer team went into action. We notified other community organizations about our availability to assist with case management and became a key player in post-Irma recovery efforts. We responded to calls about housing, overdue utility bills, medical expenses, where to find food and water, when ice would be distributed and where clients could find emotional support for the trauma they experienced.
We joined the effort to help with FEMA applications by offering our site and our volunteer help with this on-line application process. When we learned some of our clients didn’t have enough gas to drive to their medical appointments, we utilized our Guardian Angel Fund (see story about the fund in this newsletter) and purchased gas cards to help alleviate one of the post storm stressors.
As the United Way of Collier County refers to CRC, we are the “boots on the ground” in our community and we are here to serve.