Strengthen The Good

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Strengthen The Good In Florida

1 September 2005 Update: If you’ve found this page because you’re looking to help with Katrina relief, or because you’re looking for a matching donation program, please visit our Matching The Good: Katrina Relief page. We’re matching donations up to a total of $1,000 with a donation to the Red Cross 2005 Hurricane fund. If you’d like to join in the match challenge (helping us up the match to more than $1,000) through a donation of your own, please email me at alan at strengthenthegood dot com. Thanks.


[NOTE: If you’re coming to this post from an external link and are a blogger, the concept is to create a network of bloggers who raise awareness of “micro charities”—charitable opportunities that are simple, personal, non-bureaucratic, and inspiring. Charitable opportunities where someone can feel great about giving $1, or even just from reading the story of the charity, it’s sponsors, and it’s beneficiaries.

I’ll find them, if you’ll link to them. All I ask is that you please consider joining our network. Read more on the main page, or go here to join right away and help us strengthen the good. Thanks.]

[NOTE 2: I’ve moved this post to the top of the page as there’s updated information about how to offer general help until we post our Charley micro-charity. Thanks.]

We are getting many requests at Command Post for how to help people in Florida. I and others are working as you read this to locate a “micro-charity” in the area that fits with the mission of this site: local charities with a personal face, with very little or no overhead, where the story of the organizers and beneficiaries are inspiring, and where $1 can make a difference.

I’m afraid that with Charley, we’ll have many choices.

Until we can select a single person or group, however, there are things people can do in the interim to offer relief to the region, and I’ve posted some initial sources here as an interim step.

Thanks for working to strengthen the good.

* News Channel 8 in Tampa are collecting relief items to deliver “essentials” to the hardest hit areas. The News Center is also teaming up with Wal Mart to collect and distribute these items. Items can be dropped off at the News Center - 200 S. Parker Street - just south of Kennedy, near downtown. Collection is going on Sun., Aug. 15, from noon-4 p.m. Go here for details about items and locations.

* SunTrust Bank, along with News Channel 8, The Tampa Tribune and, have partnered with the United Way to help victims of Hurricane Charley. Beginning Mon., Aug. 16, all SunTrust branch locations in the News Channel 8 viewing area will be accepting cash donations to help in the recovery and rebuilding of the affected counties. For more information please stop by a local branch … go here to find locations.

* Volunteer Florida has guidance on how to help here.

* In response to the outpouring of support for victims of Hurricane Charley, Volunteer Florida, the Governor’s Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service, has established a hotline to take offers of volunteers and donations. The State of Florida Volunteers & Donations Hotline number is: 1-800-FL-HELP-1

* Here’s a list of Florida Red Cross chapters.

* The Charlotte EOC is asking any hotels able to donate towels, soap, toothpastes, shampoos, and toothbrushes - call emergency management at (540) 542-7246. Deliveries are at the EOC center on Utilities Road.

* NBC 2 in Ft. Myers has an excellent list of information for people in the area here, including guidance on who should go to work Monday, power restoration, and other details.

* STG network member Shutterblog notes that one item critical for many, but missing from most of the “what you can send” lists, is baby forumula. She’s even gone so far as to draft a letter you can send to formula manufacturers … see the post and letter here.

More sources to contact if you’re in the area:

* Salvation Army (money, supplies, volunteers): 1-800-725-2769
* Red Cross (Port Charlotte): 941-629-4345
* Red Cross (Hillsborough): 877-251-0921
* Red Cross (Polk): 863-294-5941
* Red Cross (toll-free): 1-800-741-1444
* Metropolitan Ministries: 813-209-1000
* Adventist Community Services: (800) 381-7171
* Christian Contractors Association: (800) 278-7703
* Church World Service: (800) 297-1516
* Florida Conference United Church of Christ: 420 N. Magnolia Ave., Suite 250, Orlando, FL 32803
* Volunteer Florida Foundation: (850) 921-0457


  1. August 15th, 2004 | 10:02 am

    A Blogosphere Call to Action: “Strengthen the Good” in Florida

    Back in May, Alan came up with a grand idea: Strengthen the Good. It was a repsonse to the Nick Berg murder and the anger that arose from the brutality of Nick’s death. He put the idea up on Command…

  2. August 15th, 2004 | 10:36 am

    My ‘92 Isuzu Pick-Up

    Back in 1992 I was working with a friend who started a property maintenance business. He had a good connection with a commerical park here that has dozens of separate buildings. We basically did anything and everything, from painting to…

  3. August 15th, 2004 | 10:45 am

    An Excellent Opportunity to Help

    Strengthen the Good. From the website of the same: “Don’t just fight evil, strengthen the good.” A wonderful concept and an excellent opportunity to make a difference. Please visit the site, familiarize yourself with the purpose and subscribe to the…

  4. August 15th, 2004 | 11:06 am

    It’s important to note that the best immediate help are tangible items such as water and food stuffs. Several Publix Supermarkets in Florida have put up collection areas that will transport all doantions of food and other necessities to the affected areas.

    Some resident are goingto be without power and running water for 4 to 6 weeks, thus, potable water is a must to have and also any outdoor cooking implements.

    Also super important is mosquito repellant. It’s August in Florida after heavy rains. Mosquitos will become a major health risk within the next week or so.

  5. August 15th, 2004 | 11:14 am

    When the Going Gets Tough

    When the Going Gets Tough

    A great idea up over at the Command Post to help those devastated by Charley and eventually to highlight similar needs as they arise. I’m in. Let’s help to Strengthen the Good wherever we can.

    Thanks Val. Sgt Hook out.

  6. August 15th, 2004 | 12:59 pm

    Strengthen The Good - A Call To Action

    This past May, Alan made an open call at The Command Post to counter the evil of Nick Berg’s murder by strengthening the good of Susan Tom and her kids. Readers responded by raising $15,000 for the family. Alan has…

  7. August 15th, 2004 | 1:16 pm

    Strengthen The Good: A Call to Action

    The first project raised $15,000 for the Susan Tom family. Now, after the devastation from Hurricane Charley, there is a new opportunity to Strengthen the Good. We are getting many requests at Command Post for how to help people in Florida. I and other…

  8. August 15th, 2004 | 1:59 pm

    Today’s Reading

    Debwire: Has an interesting piece on the naming of Hurricanes. Wizbang: Has a GREAT post on bloggers banding together for good causes. Strengthen the Good is the result of the movement and they are already raising money for Hurricane Victims…

  9. August 15th, 2004 | 2:41 pm

    Strengthen The Good

    I doff my virtual hat to The Command Post for spinning-off a charity-awareness network fittingly called Strengthen The Good. And they’re starting with the Charley-ravaged Florida. Although my small-traffic weblog often goes through numerous &ldq…

  10. August 15th, 2004 | 2:51 pm

    Strengthen The Good

    Sometimes, it isn’t enough to rail against evil. Sometimes you have to strengthen the good, where bloggers come together to focus on and contribute towards worthy causes. The first charities for your consideration are those involved in the aftermath of…

  11. August 15th, 2004 | 2:54 pm

    Strengthen The Good

    Sometimes, it isn’t enough to rail against evil. Sometimes you have to strengthen the good, where bloggers come together to focus on and contribute towards worthy causes. The first charities for your consideration are those involved in the aftermath of…

  12. August 15th, 2004 | 4:39 pm


    Glenn Reynolds, who runs Instapundit points us to The Command Post which has come up with a pretty good idea. Harness the power of weblogs to guide people to worthy charitable causes. The result is Strengthen The Good.

  13. August 15th, 2004 | 5:49 pm

    How To Help Hurricane Charley Victims

    You can help the victims of Hurricane Charley by making a donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, which enables the Red Cross to provide shelter, food, counseling and other assistance to those in need. You can make

  14. August 15th, 2004 | 9:04 pm

    Help out if you can and spread the word.

    I have teamed up with Strengthen The Good to help spread the word not only on the Florida hurricane situation, but future situations where someone or whole communities may be in need of help. Please go to the site and…

  15. August 15th, 2004 | 11:10 pm

    Blogging for Charity

    I’m on board, are you? Let’s pitch in to help victims of Hurricane Charley. (via NZ Bear)…

  16. August 17th, 2004 | 10:26 am

    Bloggy Help for Charley Victims

    Back in May I linked to a wonderful idea hatched by Alan at the Command Post to use our bloggy…

  17. August 17th, 2004 | 1:38 pm

    Help Out If You Can

    For those of you who would like to assist Central Florida communities affected by Hurricane Charley but who are not…

  18. August 17th, 2004 | 11:26 pm

    Strengthen The Good In Florida

    In addition to fighting what’s wrong in the world, it’s very important to build up what’s right.

    Strengthen The Good needs your help — in helping our neighbors in Florida as they recover from the aftermath of Hurricane Charley.

    This is an non…

  19. August 18th, 2004 | 6:40 am

    Hurricane Blogging III

    More people are back from their Disney World vacation and posting storm stories. Melanie was staying at the Yacht Club and took some nice photos. Kat at My Single Mom Life is organizing a response from the Florida Blogosphere. She

  20. August 19th, 2004 | 4:47 pm
  21. August 19th, 2004 | 6:23 pm

    The Formula for Helping

    Robyn reports that Tampa station WFTS says there is a strong need for small containers of liquid baby formula in…

  22. August 19th, 2004 | 8:25 pm

    Relief for Victims of Hurricane Charley

    Parts of South Florida were hit very hard by a Category 4 Hurricane - the worst since Hurricane in more than a decade. If you are so inclined to support the victims, remember the American Red Cross. Another need? Liquid…

  23. August 20th, 2004 | 2:32 am

    Charley Update

    Alan at Strengthen the Good is still working on finding the right charity to highlight for victims of Hurricane Charley. In the interim, there is some information here on how to help. There is also a link to these aerial…

  24. August 22nd, 2004 | 1:40 pm


    There is a wonderful new effort by the folks at The Command Post to create a network of bloggers “who raise awareness of ‘micro charities’charitable opportunities that are simple, personal, non-bureaucratic, and inspiring.” The charitable campaign is …

  25. August 22nd, 2004 | 6:23 pm

    Strengthen The Good

    As I don’t have much disposable income at the moment, I was initially hesitant to join Strengthen the Good, the new network set up to raise awareness about microcharities. I figure that if I don’t have anything to give, I…

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