Donations & Volunteering
Bay County needs assistance documenting hours volunteered by the public toward the Hurricane Michael recovery effort. Bay County is required to cover up to 12.5 percent of the recovery costs for the storm, however; documented volunteer time and donation values can provide credits that will offset some of the expenses to taxpayers. Anyone who volunteered their time in unincorporated Bay County or on behalf of Bay County government is requested to fill out this form.
Bay County Volunteer Reception Center
The Bay County Emergency Operations Center opened a Volunteer Reception Center at the Southport Community Center, located at 7734 Franklin Ave. The VRC provides a central location for the public to learn about, sign up for, and volunteer for the Hurricane Michael relief efforts throughout the Bay County area. The center is open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.
Prospective Volunteers should be aware of the following:
- Volunteers wishing to help will go through a background check through publicly available websites.
- Volunteers must complete an application and be prepared to show professional licensure, if applicable.
- Volunteers that do NOT wish to be connected with a volunteer disaster team should not register at the VRC.
- All volunteers must be willing to sign a release of liability; if under the age of 18, parents must sign the release form.
- Volunteers will be given specific job site assignments only after they are connected with a trained and experienced disaster relief team.
- The assignment of volunteers to teams will be dependent upon the needs of survivors that have been identified through a responding agency or organizations; assignments may not be immediate.
- Volunteers must be willing to turn in a time sheet at the end of each assignment
- Not all jobs are manual labor. Anyone can volunteer; no experience is necessary
Volunteers are integral in every disaster and are core to a community’s recovery. Dedicated volunteers working together will speed up recovery efforts in the Bay County area. Volunteer management and training is fundamental to community rebuilding efforts and resilience. The VRC will coordinate, train and deploy volunteers into teams that meet critical community needs. Come join us and make Bay County Strong.
For more information, call (850) 960-4235.
Bay County is feeling the love! There are so many from all around the United States who care and what to help our residents in this great time of need.
Cash donations are still the best way to immediately help survivors. Donations help relief organizations meet survivors’ needs quickly. Donate to an established relief organization. For a complete list of established relief organizations like the United Way of Bay County or other organizations listed here.
Please check with area nonprofit and religious organizations for information about how to give physical donations. For bulk donation coordination, call (469) 349-9532 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.