Individuals can support teachers and students at donorschoose.org/hurricanes
NEW YORK, October 11, 2018 – DonorsChoose has established a special recovery fund to help Gulf Coast and Southeast teachers and students in classrooms impacted by Hurricane Michael. This follows efforts launched in September to support teachers impacted by Hurricane Florence in the Carolinas. Individuals can visit www.donorschoose.org/hurricanes to select a recovery effort to support, and donations will be used to help teachers at damaged schools gather the supplies they need to rebuild their classrooms, including books; basic materials such as paper, crayons, and pencils; and other recovery resources.
“Teachers have a unique set of needs when their schools are damaged by storms like Hurricanes Florence and Michael. We’re standing by ready to help them rebuild their classrooms or equip temporary facilities while the recovery process begins,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. “We’re so grateful for our donors and corporate and foundation partners who support these recovery efforts. With their help, we can ensure teachers have the resources they need to get students back to learning as quickly as possible.”DonorsChoose.org has previously helped raise over $10 million to help teachers recover after Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., and historic flooding in Louisiana in 2016.
DonorsChoose is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 3 million people and partners have given $740 million to projects reaching 30 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company’s list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World.