The Salvation Army in Naples, Fort Myers and Port Charlotte partners with the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation to help victims of Hurricane Ian through a joint disaster assistance program . Funds will be available for those affected by the storm, including a specific amount designated for our “Hometown Hero” who have worked around the clock to keep our community safe, rebuild our infrastructure and educate our children.
“The Schulze family and the Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation are grateful to be able to support the many, many families who were so tragically affected by Hurricane Ian. This immediate funding provided to Salvation Army organizations in Lee, Collier and Charlotte counties will assist people with emergency assistance as they begin the process of recovery from Hurricane Ian and work to rebuild their lives. . We are confident that through the trustworthy work of The Salvation Army and the resilience of Southwest Florida, our communities will come back stronger than ever,” said Mary Beth Geier, Florida director, Richard M. Schulze Family Foundation.
Funds will be distributed to eligible households in the three eligible counties, Lee, Collier and Charlotte, in a quick and timely manner using technology that will allow us to efficiently and effectively meet the needs of thousands of families impacted by Ian.
“Major Gargis, Captain Roseno and I are extremely grateful for the continued support of the Schulze Foundation,” Captain Ben Bridges said. “With the incredible support of the Collier Community Foundation, Trinity by the Cove Episcopal Church, and many other local and national organizations, we are able to meet the needs of our neighbors in very practical and meaningful ways.”
Using the latest technology, families will be able to apply for funds using a computer or their smartphones to log into a questionnaire that will determine their eligibility. Each application will then be reviewed and approved by a case manager, with funds distributed immediately. Our intention is to get these funds to eligible families who need them the most as soon as possible.
The Salvation Army was immediately on the ground serving meals, providing supplies and emotional and spiritual support to all members of our communities impacted by Hurricane Ian in Southwest Florida and will continue to serve for that our communities recover and rebuild.