Members in Action | Haiti Earthquake
Following the 7.2 magnitude earthquake that struck Haiti Saturday, American Airlines is partnering with Team Rubicon to offer assistance to the country. Through a donation of 1 million AAdvantage® miles, American will transport first responders and medical professionals as the volunteers deploy to Haiti.
Wireless and landline consumer and business customers can call to Haiti for free following devastating earthquake.
Following this weekend’s 7.2 earthquake in Haiti, Verizon will waive charges for calls from its residential and business wireless and landline customers to Haiti, from Aug. 18 through Aug. 31. "In this time of need, we know customers are trying to reach loved ones in Haiti," said Ronan Dunne, executive vice president and CEO of Verizon Consumer Group for Verizon. "Waiving the calling charges will help our customers focus on tracking down and keeping in touch with family and friends without having to also worry about the cost." Beginning Wednesday (Aug. 18), all calls made from a Verizon residential or business landline and wireless phones to Haiti will be rated at $0.00 per minute. Additionally, customers with international coverage plans can call Haiti without using any minutes from their time-allotment blocks.
Members in Action | Surfside Condo Collapse
Read below to discover how members and organizations are lending a hand.
Consider Donating to Small Businesses Impacted by this Tragedy: Click Here to Learn More About the Surfside Small Business Recovery Fund
The Children’s Trust
The Children’s Trust stands with all the victims of the Surfside building collapse on June 24 and is committed to helping victims, their families and friends navigate the traumatic aftermath. The Trust has created a Crisis Support page on its website (www.TheChildrensTrust.org/CrisisSupport) that lists a variety of support agencies that cater to children and families’ mental and emotional wellness.
The Florida Blue Foundation has contributed $50,000 to Operation Helping Hands, a response and relief fund activated by United Way of Miami-Dade and the Miami Herald/el Nuevo Herald. The funds will provide support and assistance to affected families with their short- and long-term needs created by the unexpected tragedy.
Immediately following Thursday morning’s events, Florida Blue, in partnership with New Directions Behavioral Health, also activated its free emotional support helpline for all South Florida residents. The bilingual helpline is open 24-hours a day to all Floridians at no cost and will connect callers with specially trained behavioral health counselors who can assist anyone experiencing feelings of stress, anxiety, trauma and grief and in need of immediate support.
24-Hour Toll-Free Helpline
Free Bilingual Emotional Support
Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO)
Governor Ron DeSantis announced that the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity (DEO) has activated the Business Damage Assessment Survey to gather information on how the partial collapse of the condo complex in Surfside has impacted the local community to ensure proper resources are available for response and recovery for the Surfside community.
Florida Power and Light (FPL)
FPL is providing support to first responders following the tragic building collapse in Surfside. We provided generators, eight mobile sleeping units and a fold-out mobile office that can be used for meeting space.
Jewish Community Services of South Florida
The Jewish Community Services of South Florida (JCS) professional team has been working 24/7 to assess and address the needs of impacted families at two Family Reunification Center sites in Surfside. The Family Resources Center was open to provide a one-stop shop for individuals and families impacted by the Champlain Towers tragedy. JCS provided mental health counselors, and information & referral staff available to provide assistance at four sites.
Miami Jewish Health
Miami Jewish Health has connected with JCS and are offering housing for those either impacted directly, family members of those impacted or first responders. Additionally Dr Agronin is offering mental health support.
The Miami Marlins in conjunction with the Miami Marlins Foundation today announced the creation of the Marlins Surfside Relief Fund. Marlins Principal Owner and Chairman Bruce Sherman made the first donation with a $50,000 personal contribution, which was matched by Anthony Hsieh, Founder and CEO of Marlins naming-rights partner loanDepot, Inc. (NYSE: LDI), with a $50,000 personal donation. The Marlins organization and Marlins ownership group will make an additional $25,000 contribution to the Relief Fund while loanDepot continues to step up to the plate in our community’s time of need with a $25,000 donation, and will join the Marlins to match the next $50,000 contributed to the fund.
Neighbors 4 Neighbors
Neighbors 4 Neighbors has set up Surfside Building Collapse Fund. The goal of this fund will be to assist the victims in the long term with unforeseen costs, things not covered by insurance, or government assistance. We will work with F.R.I.E.N.D. Miami-Dade’s Long Term Disaster Recovery Group to best help those effected by this tragedy. People can also text “surfsidefund” to 41444 and it will send them the link to donate.
Small Business Administration (SBA)
Florida businesses and residents affected by the collapse of the Champlain Towers South in Miami-Dade County on June 24, 2021 can apply for low-interest disaster loans from the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). The declaration covers Miami-Dade County and the adjacent counties of Broward, Collier and Monroe in Florida. Roberto Baltodano is the SBA ground liaison in Miami. His contact information is 571-457-9787 and Roberto.Baltodano@sba.gov.
Verizon Response Team (VRT)
The Verizon Response Team (VRT) has been on the ground to support first responders and survivors in Surfside, Fla., since the collapse of the Champlain Towers in June when, at the request of public safety officials on the scene, the VRT delivered the advanced platforms and technology of Verizon Frontline to help facilitate interagency communication and assist the local community. Ready 24/7 - 365 days a year - to provide emergency assistance during crisis situations to government agencies, first responders, nonprofits and communities, the VRT provided Surfside officials with a mobile command center, several mobile assets to boost network coverage in the area, devices, charging stations, and phone banks - all at no cost to the community.