7 Ways to Help Surfside Building Collapse Victims (No Matter Your Location)

how to help surfside building collapse victims

First responders have been searching for survivors ever since the Champlain Towers South in Surfside partially collapsed in the middle of the night on Thursday, June 24. The incident has displaced hundreds of Miami residents as investigators work to determine the cause of the engineering catastrophe.

Since it’s easy to feel helpless while watching the news, we compiled a list of seven ways to help the victims and survivors of Surfside’s building collapse. While there are countless fundraisers to choose from, these picks can serve as a starting point as you begin your own deeper research.

1. Donate to a hardship fund

Locals have launched a hardship fund, Support Surfside, which helps those impacted by the devastating building collapse. Donations are done directly through PayPal (read: extremely user-friendly).

2. Help provide shelter and food to displaced families

The American Red Cross is providing displaced residents with shelter, food and emotional support services, like counseling. You can donate to the organization to support their very important work.

3. Help fund supplies

The Champlain Tower Residents Fund was established by The Global Empowerment Mission BStrong. All proceeds will be distributed amongst survivors for immediate essential purchases.

4. Give back to first responders

Organizations like World Central Kitchen are working tirelessly to provide food to first responders and search-and-rescue teams. To donate to the cause, head to the official WCK website and fill out the form.

5. Support a verified fundraiser

There are tons of fundraisers that claim they’re the real deal…but are they really? GoFundMe created a list of verified options, so you can feel confident your donation will end up in the right hands.

6. Volunteer your time

United Way: Operation Helping Hands is currently looking for volunteers, ranging from on-site emergency responders to pet foster homes. Check out their official website for more information.

7. Spread the word

The Greater Miami Jewish Federation is not only accepting monetary donations via its emergency fund, but it’s also offering immediate assistance to those affected by the disaster. For grief counseling and shelter assistance, call 211.

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