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Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Grants for Hurricane Irma Relief in Florida

Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Announces Grants for Hurricane Irma Relief in Florida

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is announcing emergency grants for two Florida organizations to provide support and aid in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma. The Foundation donated $25,000 to the Harry Chapin Food Bank of Southwest Florida and $30,000 to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association through the Robert Rauschenberg Foundation Fund, a fund of the Southwest Florida Community Foundation.

The first donation was given to the Harry Chapin Food Bank for immediate relief, providing food and water to victims of the catastrophe in Southwest Florida. The Food Bank has been serving the underprivileged for decades, and in the wake of Hurricane Irma, has been especially integral in rebuilding a community in need. With these funds, the HCFB will be able to ensure that affected families will have access to nutritious food and fresh produce.

The second grant was donated to the Redlands Christian Migrant Association, who provide child-care and early educational services to children of migrant farm workers and rural, low-income families. A majority of these families live in trailers that were destroyed or damaged during the storm. The RCMA is using these funds to help relocate families, and provide resources for any additional housing needs.

“The affects Hurricane Irma have had on Florida are devastating, but the community response has been overwhelming and inspiring. Floridians have long been dedicated to helping each other, and as an organization with deep roots in the state, we thought it was our duty to help those suffering in this time of need,” said newly appointed Executive Director of the Foundation, Kathy Halbreich.

Since 1990, The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation has served as a cultural institution both extending the legacy of Robert Rauschenberg’s work and strengthening the field for artists who follow in his activist footsteps. The Foundation supports artists and creative thinkers through a residency program at the artist’s home and studio in Captiva, Florida where he spent the last half of his life. The Foundation has also partnered with the Southwest Florida Community Foundation to provide grants to organizations with innovative approaches to improving the quality of life in Southwest Florida.

The Robert Rauschenberg Foundation is dedicated to cultivating growth in Florida and hopes to continue supporting the state in a larger capacity with these grants.

The Southwest Florida Community Foundation, founded in 1976, cultivates regional change for the common good through collective leadership, social innovation and philanthropy to address the evolving community needs in Hendry, Glades, Charlotte, Lee and Collier counties. The Foundation partners with individuals, families and corporations who have created over 430 philanthropic funds.  Thanks to them, last year the Foundation invested more than $5 million in grants and programs to the community.  With assets of $115 million, the Community Foundation has provided more than $71 million in grants and scholarships to the communities it serves since inception. The Foundation is the backbone organization for the regional FutureMakers Coalition and Lee County’s Sustainability Plan.  Based in Fort Myers, the Foundation has satellite offices located in Sanibel Island, LaBelle (Hendry County), and downtown Fort Myers.  For more information, or call 239-274-5900.






Carolyn Rogers
Carolyn Rogers