In late September, Fort Myers Beach, FL was decimated by Hurricane Ian, one of the most powerful storms ever recorded in the U.S.
Within two weeks after Hurricane Ian, the Woman’s Club and the Community Foundation came together to partner on fund raising. The goal was simple, let’s work together and share funds in order to give back as much as possible to the 33931 community.
The 33931 Fund was born and the solution was to take applications of those with a 33931 driver’s license and give each household a $500 e-Mastercard to help with immediate needs. It was trial and error at first, but a system was developed. Beach Talk Radio got the word out and their listeners – plus many, many other companies, foundations and individuals – came forward with large and small amounts of money. T-Shirts were created with the theme, #WeAreFMB-Resilient, to assist in the fund raising and communicate the energy of the beach. It was amazing to see how our island and its visitors pulled together to help those in need.
The 33931 Fund is now coming to an end and we are proud to announce our achievements.
- 1,462 Mastercard gift cards of $500 apiece were sent out totaling $731,000 that went back into the beach community
- $20,000 was given to Beach Baptist Church for their daily meal program
- $10,000 was given to Cultivating Hope to be used for their daily meal program**
- $45,000 was given to FMB Strong at 820 Buttonwood to assist with their large item wish list and also assist the shrimper community
The Woman’s Club and FMB Community Foundation are continuing their individual fund raising and will be giving back to the community but each under their own organization.
The Woman’s Club has also given to other Hurricane Ian Recovery Initiatives around the island
$16,500 to the FMB Tip Jar, for Fort Myers Beach employees
$10,000 for the FMB Elementary School Teacher Amazon Wishlist, for teaching supplies
$15,000 to Greater FMB nonprofit organizations
$36,000 to Buttonwood Donation Center
**The Woman’s Club has verified that the donation dollars that went to Cultivating Hope were used for meals for local residents- as the donation was intended.
Thank you to each and every person who made the #33931 Fund such a success.
We look forward to continuing our support to Fort Myers Beach
The Fort Myers Beach Woman’s Club 501C3 non-profit: 59-6133785 The mission of the Woman’s Club is to support educational and recreational activities for non-profit and charitable organizations operating within the greater Fort Myers Beach community. Grand Prize Ineligibility: FMB-WC Board Members are not eligible for the Grand Prize. 501C3: 59-6133785