4-H Serves Florida: Hurricane Ian relief supply drive and support opportunities

Hurricane Ian impacted thousands of Floridians; causing unimaginable losses in Lee County and surrounding areas. These communities, including 4-H families, need critical supplies to continue the clean-up and rebuilding process.  

UF/IFAS Extension Lee County 4-H is leading a supply drive and has identified the following items as critically needed supplies:

  • Plastic totes with lids 
  • Heavy Duty/Construction garbage bags 
  • Batteries 
  • Cleaning Supplies: 
  • Paper towels 
  • Old towels/rags 
  • Mops 
  • Bleach/Peroxide cleaners 
  • Moisture reducing products such as DampRid 
  • Gloves 
  • Tools: hammers, box cutters, etc. 
  • N95 masks 

Individuals, clubs and organizations can collect and drop off items at your nearest approved location. You can coordinate drop-off to the Lee County Office location with Arielle Pierce, UF/IFAS Extension Lee County 4-H Agent, at 239.253.1358 or ari.pierce@ufl.edu. For questions and more information, you can contact co-organizer Shayla Reighter, Pasco County 4-H Agent, at shay0815@ufl.edu or 352.518.0156. 

Final Drop-off Location: 

  • UF/IFAS Extension Lee County 4-H Office, 2041 Community Park Blvd, N. Ft. Myers 33903 
  • Coordinate with Lee Co. 4-H Agent Arielle Pierce at 239.253.1358 

Approved Alternate Drop-off Locations (Monday-Friday 8:00am-4:30pm EST): 

  • DADE CITY: UF/IFAS Extension Pasco County, 36702 SR 52, Dade City, FL 33525 
  • JACKSONVILLE BY 10/14*: UF/IFAS Extension Duval County, 1010 N. McDuff Ave, Jacksonville, FL 32251 
  • GAINESVILLE AREA: UF/IFAS Extension Alachua County, 22712 W. Newberry Rd., Newberry, FL 32669 

Want to order items and have delivered? Ship to: Lee County 4-H, ATTN: Ian Supplies, 3410 Palm Beach Blvd, Fort Myers, FL 33916 


Individuals and organizations can support the 4-H Serves Florida project online at www.tinyurl.com/4Hserves or by mail: Florida 4-H Foundation, PO BOX 110170, Gainesville, FL 32611. 

Funds will directly support recovery efforts through 4-H: 

  • relief service projects, 
  • county, club, and member mini-grants to rebuild projects (details/application to be announced), 
  • and youth outreach in communities facing long-term displacement. 

For more information on supporting the 4-H Serves Florida project, please contact Caylin Hilton at grow4H@ifas.ufl.edu or 352.454.7073. The UF Foundation and Florida 4-H Foundation are registered 501c3 organizations, your gift may be tax-deductible. 

*Requesting all donations to the Duval location be received by close of business Friday, October 14, 2022. Donations will be delivered the following Monday, and the office needs time organize/load the vehicle. 


Posted: October 10, 2022

Category: 4-H & Youth,
Tags: 4-H, 4-H Alumni, 4-H Youth Development, Community Service, Hurricane Ian

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