Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo

Disaster Relief Efforts

Oct 20, 2017 | Posted in News

The Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo extends its thoughts to those affected in recent months by natural disasters. In the Caribbean, Puerto Rico and southern United States, Hurricanes Irma, Maria and Harvey caused casualties and extensive damage, and, in early October, wildfires devastated large parts of northern California.

As communities start to rebuild and recover after these disasters, many people in our community have asked about ways to help. In these cases, we recommend giving funds directly to the relief efforts.

We have provided some resources below.

Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

The Mayor of Houston and our colleagues at the Greater Houston Community Foundation have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support both immediate needs and support the long-term rebuilding efforts. Learn more at

All Hands Volunteers

All Hands Volunteers is an organization that not only responds to the initial damage sustained from a natural disaster, but stays to help communities recover and rebuild. This organization is committed to seeking out the most under-served communities which are often outside of the public eye. Learn more at

Hurricanes Irma and Maria

Community Foundation of Puerto Rico

Our colleagues at the Community Foundation of Puerto Rico, or FundaciĆ³n Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, in partnership with Hispanics for Philanthropy, established the Hurricane Relief Fund for Puerto Rico, Cuba and Florida to support the victims of Hurricane Maria as well as Hurricane Irma. Click here to learn more.

The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands

Our colleagues at the Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands encourages supporting the FUND FOR THE VIRGIN ISLANDS, which helps relief efforts in the Caribbean in the aftermath of Hurricanes Irma and Maria. Click here to learn more.

All Hands Volunteers

All Hands Volunteers is focusing its efforts in the wake of Hurricane Maria on assisting the U.S. Virgin Islands. Click here learn more.


The AmeriCares Foundation created the Hurricane Maria: Emergency Relief Fund to provide emergency medicine, supplies and outreach to those in need due to the impact of Hurricane Maria. Click here to learn more.

GlobalGiving Foundation, Inc.

GlobalGiving Foundation, Inc., the largest global crowdfunding organization, established the Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief Fund and the Puerto Rico & Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund. Donations will provide immediate support to hurricane victims and also assist with long-term relief efforts in the region. Click here to learn more.

California Wildfires

Our colleagues in northern California created funds to assist with recovery and rebuilding after tragic wildfires ravaged this area. Learn more at these websites:

Napa Valley Community Foundation

Community Foundation Sonoma County

The Community Foundation of Mendocino County

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