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How You Can Help Your Local Community After Hurricane Irma


Hurricane Irma bowled over the Caribbean and Florida and left a path of fallen pins in its wake.

But that doesn’t mean they won’t be picked up.

Local businesses and community members are already working to clean up and help those in need after this devastating storm. This report is by no means comprehensive, but here are some relief efforts that you can donate to or volunteer with.

Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.
Junior League members Jena LaMendola and Reilly Glasser with baby supplies donated for victims of Hurricane Irma. Photo provided by the JLBR.
  • The Junior League of Boca Raton is holding a diaper drive until Oct. 1, and all diapers are being distributed to families in need in the Florida Keys through a partnership with Caring for the Keys. Diapers can be donated to the Vegso Community Center at 261 NW 13 Street, Boca Raton. For questions call 561/620-2553 or email JLBR has already donated more than 1,000 diapers to babies who need them in the Florida Keys.
  • Signature Gives Back First Annual Fundraiser will donate 100 percent of sales to victims of Hurricane Irma. The fundraiser will be at Silverball Pinball Museum in Delray Beach Oct. 19 from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. and is open to children and adults. The event will feature prizes, raffles, a silent auction, unlimited pinball, a skeeball tournament, networking opportunities and more. For more information call 561/705-0140.
  • The City of Boynton Beach and the YMCA are hosting a Hurricane Irma Supply Drive Sept. 23-24 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Sept. 25-28 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Drop off unused supplies like bleach, diapers, baby wipes and shampoo, tents, batteries, flashlights, toys and games. Drop-off locations are at the Boynton Beach Civic Center, DeVos-Blum YMCA, Boynton Beach Fire Station #2, Boynton Beach Fire Station #5 and the Boynton Beach Police Department. Please call Amy Blackman at 561/742-6236 for more information.
  • Kaufman Lynn Construction and United Way of Broward County are working together to collect non-perishable food and other unused supplies to aid victims of the hurricane. You can drop supplies off at 4850 T-Rex Ave., Boca Raton by Thursday, Sept. 21. All items will be delivered to The Pride Center at Equality Park in Fort Lauderdale on Friday, where they will then be distributed to those most in need.
  • The state and FEMA have opened a Disaster Recovery Center at the Carolyn Sims Center at 225 NW 12 Ave., Boynton Beach. There, people can get information about disaster assistance programs and are encouraged to share their personal situations. Representatives can also help people apply for federal disaster assistance.
  • See our post about local dining events that will contribute to relief efforts.
  • Eau Palm Beach Resort & Spa is teaming up with the Young Professionals of the Palm Beaches to put on a Burger & Craft Beer Bash Saturday, Sept. 23 from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. at Breeze Ocean Kitchen. Tickets are $55 for unlimited burger and beer samples, and a portion of the event’s proceeds will go to local Hurricane Irma relief efforts. Tickets can be purchased here.
  • Boca Raton Fire Fighter & Paramedic Benevolent will collect donations to send to the Keys starting Sunday, Sept. 17 through Thursday, Sept. 21 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Fire Station No. 1 at 1151 N Federal Highway. Items needed include water, non-perishable food, bleach, hand sanitizer and camping equipment like tents, lanterns, cots and tarps.
  • There will be a benefit concert at CityPlace in West Palm Beach on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Donate money or bring supplies and listed to live music by the band Holidazed.
  • Wall Miami will donate 100 percent of door sales Friday through Sunday to the Red Cross for relief efforts related to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Friday, Sept. 15 Leo Medina and Johnny Cash will be on the turn tables. Saturday Chicco Secci will start the party, and the weekly party Secret Sin Sunday will be hosted by Dilo and Jonathan Estallo with music by ATG and Nikolas.
  • Spodak Dental Group is acting as a supply drop-off center for AVDA, Aid to Victims of Domestic Violence, which needs nonperishables and supplies for its shelter without power. Spodak is at 3911 W Atlantic Ave, Delray Beach and is open Thursday 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Friday 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • The Adolph & Rose Levis JCC Sandler Center’s Beifield Auditorium on the Federation Campus, 21050 95th Ave. South in Boca Raton, is collecting donations today through Sept. 15 and Sept. 17 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sept. 15 and 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sept. 17. There are volunteer opportunities on-site, and items in need include water, diapers, toothbrushes, underwear, snacks and more. For more information, call Summer Faerman at 561/571-1274 or email
  • If you have to go back to work but you have children, the South Florida Science Center and Aquarium is hosting a Hurricane Break Camp for kids 4 to 12 Thursday, Sept. 14 and Friday, Sept. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. It costs $45 for members and $50 for non-members and is first-come first-served. Visit for more information.
  • You can get a free hot meal at the BB&T Center Sept. 13 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. thanks to 20 food trucks and JetBlue.
  • Sign up to volunteer through Volunteer Florida here.
  • The Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is accepting donations to its relief fund, which goes directly to those in need. Find out more here.
  • It goes without saying, but you can always find volunteer opportunities through the American Red Cross. You can donate here.
  • You can donate or volunteer with the United Way of Palm Beach County. Learn more here.
  • The Palm Beach Zoo will need volunteers, and it is asking those interested to monitor its Facebook page to see when people might be needed.

We’ve also seen random acts of kindness all over Florida. Take this girl, who delivered donuts to Florida Power and Light crews in Fort Pierce.

Even if you can’t donate money or go out of your way to volunteer, just being a great friend, neighbor and listener will help tremendously after Irma. It’s times like these that we see the absolute best in people.

We’ll update this post as often as possible to keep you informed of even more volunteer opportunities.

Last updated at 2:26 p.m., Sept. 21. 

Shayna Tanen
Shayna Tanen
Shayna is the Web Editor of Boca Magazine. She is a 20-something sorta-recent graduate from the University of Florida with a degree in journalism. Most of her time is spent fawning over cats and kittens; cooking food at home for her family; and observing Florida's greatest asset: nature.

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