Florida native Jake Owen has joined Florida Governor Rick Scott to help in relief efforts for Hurricane Irma victims. Jake reached out to the governor to find out the best way to help people in his home state who have been affected by Hurricane Irma. The result is a campaign called “Bring Back the Sunshine,” where 100% of the funds raised will help victims in the Sunshine State. Funds will go toward disaster-related response and recovery through the Florida Disaster Fund, Florida's official private fund for disaster recovery.
“I want to help my fellow Floridians any way I can and there is so much work to be done right now,” says Owen. “I’m thankful that Florida has such a great leader like Governor Rick Scott. We talked on the phone and we are joining efforts with Volunteer Florida in a campaign called ‘Bring Back The Sunshine.’"
After Jake spoke to Governor Scott, he reached out to his fans first via social media in a video post that included a CALL TO ACTION. “Please TEXT the word SUNSHINE to 20222 to make a $10 donation. All of your money goes DIRECTLY to the people who need it the most. Florida thrives on tourism and people visiting our state. We aren’t just rebuilding homes. Together, we are rebuilding jobs, schools, infrastructure…we are rebuilding LIVES.”
Florida Governor Rick Scott said, “We are thrilled that Jake Owen is lending a helping hand to Floridians in need. As a native Floridian, Jake’s generosity and support is especially meaningful as our state continues the recovery process.”
Volunteer Florida CEO Vivian Myrtetus said, “Volunteer Florida is grateful for Jake’s efforts to promote the Florida Disaster Fund and support the people of Florida. The Florida Disaster Fund is best positioned to assist Floridians across the state with response and recovery.”
Here is how you can help:
Text to Give: To make a onetime donation of $10, text the word SUNSHINE to 20222.
The Florida Disaster Fund is the State of Florida’s official private fund established to assist Florida’s communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency or disaster. In partnership with the public sector, private sector and other non-governmental organizations, the Florida Disaster Fund supports response and recovery activities. 100% of funds raised will go toward disaster-related response and recovery; there are no overhead costs. Donations to the Florida Disaster Fund are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, 501(c)(3) charitable organization and are tax deductible. The Florida Disaster Fund distributes funds to service organizations that will serve individuals within their communities with disaster response and recovery. Individuals seeking financial assistance should register with FEMA at 800-621-FEMA or www.disasterassistance.gov.
To donate by check include “Florida Disaster Fund” in the memo line:
Please make check out to the Volunteer Florida Foundation and mail to:
Volunteer Florida Foundation
Attn: Florida Disaster Fund
3800 Esplanade Way - Suite 180
Tallahassee, FL 32311
For additional questions about the Florida Disaster Fund, please contact [email protected] or call (850) 414-7400.