What are the best resources for helping Hurricane Irma victims?

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    Crystal Wood
    Written on November 13, 2018
    "This Nike site exceeded my expectations with category and choices. So many colors, styles and uses for my active lifestyle! The site offers 'customization' which I need for my alien body type; long legs, torso and arms and my FUPA. My credit card will definitely be overloaded with all my purchases. I LOVE you, Nike!"
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      Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving

      Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving is a website where you can donate money to a fund that will provide relief to Hurricane Irma survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support any necessary relief and recovery efforts from this storm in the US and Caribbean.

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      Edward Scott
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I was impacted by Irma and know what it's like not to have power in the Florida heat. After getting my power back, one of the first things I did was go online to donate. I..."
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      Edward Scott
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I was impacted by Irma and know what it's like not to have power in the Florida heat. After getting my power back, one of the first things I did was go online to donate. I researched charities and found this was rated as one of the best to give to. I urge anyone interested to go to the website and give, if you are so inclined."
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      Steven Mason
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Hurricane Irma is such a tragedy and I have been looking for the best place to help since there are always scammers around when stuff like this happens. If you check out the relief fund by GlobalGiving that one seems to be legit and they seem to really be helping."
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      Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMe
      The Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief on GoFundMe is a website where you can donate money. The funds will be distributed to verified campaigns created to support people affected by Hurricane Irma.

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      Anna Pena
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "If you want to do the most good to help Hurricane Irma victims without worrying that your donation is going to line the pockets of the American Red Cross executives, then the..."
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      Anna Pena
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "If you want to do the most good to help Hurricane Irma victims without worrying that your donation is going to line the pockets of the American Red Cross executives, then the Direct Impact Fund it the best way to give. With no overhead, you can be sure your tax deductible donation is going where it's needed, to help those most affected by the hurricane - not to pay exorbitant salaries."
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      Aadhya Jhadav
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMe is one of the best resources for helping Hurricane Irma victims. When I go to the page, I can see the people that my contribution will help. It allows me to feel a connection and like my contribution matters."
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      Esteban de la Cruz
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This is where you donation money can be put to good use. donate your money directly for the cause of your choice, including fund for hurricane irma relief."
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      Hurricane Irma victims need your help - Public Good

      Hurricane Irma victims need your help is a Page by CNN on Public Good that distributes donations to recommended, IRS-verified non-profits. You can also donate to an individual organization, or learn more about it.

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      Nicholas Martinez
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This site has a wealth of information regarding charities for helping Hurrican Irma victims. I was looking for a way to assist and this was an excellent starting point. The..."
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      Nicholas Martinez
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This site has a wealth of information regarding charities for helping Hurrican Irma victims. I was looking for a way to assist and this was an excellent starting point. The site has a clean layout and the exact information I was looking for. This is an important cause and one close to my heart as our home suffered damage many years ago when Hurricane Gloria struck."
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      Patricia Bradley
      Written on November 4, 2017
      "Knowing that the Red Cross spends so much money on administration, I've been looking for a way to send donations to the hurricane victims, this page compiles a great list and is really helpful in helping decide which charities will utilize the money in a way the donor wants."
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      American Red Cross

      The American Red Cross is an organization dedicated to preventing and relieving suffering, in the US and around the world. On their website, you can find information to donate, volunteer, and more.

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      Joe Holmes
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. The work that this organization does to assist those affected by this disaster is commendable. From..."
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      Joe Holmes
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I donated to the American Red Cross to help the victims of Hurricane Irma. The work that this organization does to assist those affected by this disaster is commendable. From providing shelter, food, and comfort to the victim of Irma I can feel assured that the American Red Cross is doing everything they can."
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      Nancy Davis
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "American Red Cross is a good organization that helps people and victims of disasters. They help provide food and water and take donations to help the victims."
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      Guidelines for Giving

      Guidelines for giving is a page on the USAID CIDI website that provides information and guidance on the best way to help support relief efforts following disasters around the world. With more than 20 years of experience working in disaster areas and with relief organizations on the ground, USAID CIDI knows that monetary donations are the best way to help people affected by international disasters. Their goal is to ensure that America’s generosity results in the most effective relief and they focus on helping donors make informed decisions about how to help.

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      Summer Xia
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Guidelines for Giving is a good overview for helping in disasters as it shows the dos and don'ts of giving but it isn't the best resource for helping Irma victims immediately...."
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      Summer Xia
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Guidelines for Giving is a good overview for helping in disasters as it shows the dos and don'ts of giving but it isn't the best resource for helping Irma victims immediately. There is a lot of information on the site but it doesn't have a simple, help out now, layout. I would instead link to the Red Cross or Catholic Relief services as that is an easier and more direct way to provide a solution."
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      Zachary Wood
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "This site is a generally good resource for helping relief efforts. This might not be as specific as some people would want though."
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      United Way of Miami-Dade

      United Way of Miami-Dade is a non-profit who aims to build community by helping people care for one another. On their website, you can help by donating or becoming a volunteer for several causes, including Hurrican Irma and Harvey relief efforts.

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      Carl Daniels
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "The United Way or miami- dade county has created a website that brings hurricane relief workers and donations together, what a great idea! The destruction that Irma and Harvey..."
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      Carl Daniels
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "The United Way or miami- dade county has created a website that brings hurricane relief workers and donations together, what a great idea! The destruction that Irma and Harvey have brought is being equally met by the United Way. They are experts in helping communities get back on their feet after disasters and their integrity is unmatched in the NGO community."
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      Donna Payne
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "If you're looking to volunteer to help, this is the place to go! They made it easy for me to volunteer my help to the victims of Irma. I was able to help out in ways I never even thought of. They're a great group of people and I recommend checking them out. They also help with other relief services!"
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      UNICEF USA

      UNICEF USA supports UNICEF's work, and other efforts in support of the world's children, through fundraising, advocacy, and education in the United States. They work with governments, civic leaders, celebrities, corporations, campus groups, churches, teachers and ordinary people. On their website, you can donate to several of their causes. 

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      Steven Jones
      Written on October 5, 2017
      "After striking the Caribbean and Florida, Irma did substantial damage. You can donate directly to larger organizations like Unicef, which will pay special attention to..."
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      Steven Jones
      Written on October 5, 2017
      "After striking the Caribbean and Florida, Irma did substantial damage. You can donate directly to larger organizations like Unicef, which will pay special attention to school-age children. For a broader donation of resources a better choice is the American Red Cross, which has deployed disaster responders and delivered donated blood to hard-hit areas."
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      Brian Wong
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "I have a bad taste in my mouth left by Unicef. After researching them thoroughly, only a small portion of their proceeds actually go towards helping impoverished groups. Much of it goes towards overhead, and I didn't appreciate that after I found that out."
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      Thomas Morrison
      Written on September 15, 2017
      "Unicef is a wonderful charity for helping those in need including those affected by Hurricane Irma. I have long made donations to them and feel great every time I do so!"
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      Direct Relief

      Direct Relief is a leading medical relief organization, active in all 50 states and over 80 countries, with a mission to improve the health and lives of people affected by poverty or emergencies – regardless of politics, religion, or ability to pay. 

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      Free

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      Carl Cunningham
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "Hurricane Irma was a tragedy but I know better than to donate money to some fly by night charity or the Red Cross that will just spend all it's donations on overhead and black..."
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      Carl Cunningham
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "Hurricane Irma was a tragedy but I know better than to donate money to some fly by night charity or the Red Cross that will just spend all it's donations on overhead and black tie dinners. Direct Relief is a name I trust to use my donated money wisely and really help the victims of this horrible storm out."
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      Bobby Sullivan
      Written on November 22, 2017
      "Direct relief aid is one of many charitable organizations that are supposed to aid people affected by disasters and war. Honestly it would be best to donate to a local organization give the power to the people."
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      Sai Chavan
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "It is one of the many ways to donate to victims. Although, there are better groups to donate to like the Red Cross."
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      GlobalGiving

      GlobalGiving is a charity fundraising web site that gives social entrepreneurs and non-profits from anywhere in the world a chance to raise the money that they need to improve their communities.

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      Austin Silva
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "As a Katrina survivor, I know the importance of charity when the worst happens. GlobalGiving is there for victims of Irma just like the charities that were there for me when..."
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      Austin Silva
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "As a Katrina survivor, I know the importance of charity when the worst happens. GlobalGiving is there for victims of Irma just like the charities that were there for me when my family lost everything. Please, consider how much you stand to lose if your entire neighborhood were flattened and flooded. How much do you think the victims of Irma need charity when faced with impossible crises like that? This is a fantastic charity that distributes money to small-time, but big-needs nonprofits and charitable causes in local communities, giving money directly to those in need without the huge overheads of large charities."
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      Tejas Kadam
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "At the rate hurricanes are coming,we need to help the victims and bring to awareness to people .I have already informed my friends about this fundraising web site where social entrepreneurs and non-profits allover the world are able to raise money and improve their communities. I have my total trust in them.We need to help each other because it is important in our society.."
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      Frances Rose
      Written on September 28, 2017
      "It’s important to me that charities be as transparent as possible about how gifts are used. I want to know that my donation is actually getting to those who need it most. I like that all of Global Giving’s financial information is readily available on their website. They also have USAID’s nod of approval (USAID is a U.S. agency responsible for aid abroad)."
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      Andrea McDonough
      Written on March 28, 2018
      "@movetogive is a better app, because its free for users and brand sponsors donate on the users behalf. Its a great motivator for those looking to work out and use their everyday steps for charity."
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      Arthur Nelson
      Written on November 24, 2017
      "globalgiving donates time and money to various causes, if you want to just donate to hurricane irma victims yer better off going elsewhere."
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      Google Person Finder

      Google Person Finder is an open source web application links missing person reports and information worldwide in the event of certain disasters

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      Brandon Wagner
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "Google Person Finder is offered as a free service for the general public, as well as emergency responders, to use following a catastrophe. The goal here is basically to..."
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      Brandon Wagner
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "Google Person Finder is offered as a free service for the general public, as well as emergency responders, to use following a catastrophe. The goal here is basically to connect first responders, or locals that may have information about people that are missing, to the remote family members that are scared and worried about their loved one. Family and friends can visit Google Person Finder, click on “I’m looking for someone”, and then type the name of the person they’re looking for."
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      Cindy Lu
      Written on September 23, 2017
      "Google Person Finder is an amazing tool to have and exactly what I was hoping to have in this day and age. When my brother didn't respond to phone calls or update his status on social media after a hurricane hit, I added this application to my arsenal to see if he was safe. Its not so much of a helping app in regards to donations for victims, but it helps as a supplemental locator."
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      Matthew Anderson
      Written on November 21, 2017
      "I was really disappointed with my experience with Google Person Finder. I was looking for a simple solution for helping Hurricane Irma victims, but this is definitely not it. Google Person Finder requires you to be a developer or somewhat familiar with coding to implement, so if you are not technically savvy this is not the solution for you."
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      Vincent Holland
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "This was great for me when I needed to find some long lost friends, and it's great for hurricane victims looking to find their loved ones, but not very helpful otherwise."
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      World Vision

      World Vision is a Christian humanitarian organization dedicated to working with children, families, and their communities worldwide to reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty and injustice.

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      Denise Alvarado
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "Was trying to find some basic info on whether World Vision would be a good charity and found this: "In a report on famine in Ethiopia, reporter Andrew Geoghegan, from..."
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      Denise Alvarado
      Written on October 3, 2017
      "Was trying to find some basic info on whether World Vision would be a good charity and found this: "In a report on famine in Ethiopia, reporter Andrew Geoghegan, from Australian TV programme Foreign Correspondent, visited his 14 year old sponsor child. The girl has "been part of a World Vision program all her life" yet says (in translated subtitle) "Until recently, I didn't know I had a sponsor." and when asked about her knowledge of World Vision sponsorship says "Last time they gave me this jacket and a pen." Geoghegan was disconcerted to find that despite being "told by World Vision that [the girl] was learning English at school, and was improving...she speaks no English at all". In response World Vision states that they take a community approach where the money is not directly provided to the family of the sponsored child. The 'direct benefit' approach would result in jealousy among other community members without children and would not work." Isn't the sponsoring a child thing kinda what the charity promises? And why are they giving her, like, logo swag and not, you know, something she might need. Or something they said they were giving her. Weird. Troubling actually. I think I'm going to stick with the Red Cross."
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      Jeremy Howell
      Written on January 11, 2018
      "World Vision is a great cause but it's not exactly suited for helping hurricane victims. There are donation systems in place that would directly go to Irma victims, instead of this being something that battles poverty and injustice on a more general level."
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      Paul Parker
      Written on January 9, 2018
      "This site and charity does not appear to be focused solely on Irma victims. This is a site for general children's charity. This is not exactly what I expect to see with a specific search like this."
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      Xiang Pan
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "World Vision is a great organization to help people in need. With the recent Hurricane, more then ever, people need help and World Vision will be there to help them."
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      Larry Cox
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "This seems like a place that should have decent resources. It would be a good place to start if you don't have anywhere else at least."
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      GoFundMe
      GoFundMe is a personal online fundraising website that allows individuals, groups, and organizations to rais funds for all sorts of projects and charities.
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      Free - 7.9% plus $0.30 per donation

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      Shreya Yadav
      Written on January 2, 2018
      "I am a hurricane Irma victim that lost almost everything. I set up a GoFundMe and tried to share it everywhere I could. I even got other people to help me by sharing it on..."
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      Shreya Yadav
      Written on January 2, 2018
      "I am a hurricane Irma victim that lost almost everything. I set up a GoFundMe and tried to share it everywhere I could. I even got other people to help me by sharing it on their page. Everyone was so overwhelmed by hurricane Harvey and then hurricane Irma that many victims got completely lost in the shuffle. We only got one donation. My biggest help was through local churches and shelters. They did more for me than GoFundMe or even FEMA."
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      Rachel Crawford
      Written on October 4, 2017
      "On the one hand GoFund me is good for getting money to people who really need it but I feel like this might direct people to donate to the shady exploitative sob stories that tend to crop up after a crisis rather than an official place."
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      Russell Gutierrez
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "This is a really good way to help Hurricane Irma victims. It doesn't require you to do much. You can help from home without having to stress out very hard. So it feels good and is easy."
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      Laura Rice
      Written on September 22, 2017
      "I've used this site for quite a while, and it has helped with multiple charity projects. It's a good way to get funding for disaster relief or for other causes."

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    Best resources for helping Hurricane Irma victims
    Rank Solutions Type Votes Price
    1 Hurricane Irma Relief Fund by GlobalGiving Websites 10 Free
    2 Direct Impact Fund for Hurricane Irma Relief - GoFundMe Websites 8 Free
    3 Hurricane Irma victims need your help - Public Good Websites 6 Free
    4 American Red Cross Websites 5 Free
    5 Guidelines for Giving Websites 4 Free
    6 United Way of Miami-Dade Websites 2 Free
    7 UNICEF USA Websites 1 Free
    8 Direct Relief Websites 0 Free
    9 GlobalGiving Websites 0 Paid
    10 Google Person Finder Software 0 Paid
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