September 28th changed the lives of many residents in Southwest Florida forever. Hurricane Ian, a catastrophic Category 4 storm, made impact on Fort Myers Beach, causing homes and businesses to be washed away, leaving residents without water or shelter, and at least 100 lives lost. Hurricane Ian is now the second deadliest storm to hit the continental United States, right behind Hurricane Katrina in 2005.
As a company that first began on Sanibel Island in 1994, and is now headquartered in Fort Myers, the storm has greatly affected the community where we live and work. We are motivated to help Lee County rebuild and come back stronger.
Midland has partnered with SWFL Collaboratory to create our own donation fund open to the public. All donations made through our fund will be matched by Midland dollar for dollar up to $10,000. Donations can be made at collaboratory.org/MidlandTrustRelief through November 7th to qualify for the $10,000 match.
100% of all donations will go toward nonprofits in SWFL. Midland’s fund will distribute contributions to The Heights Foundation, Gladiolus Food Pantry, Blessings in a Backpack, and The Fort Myers Beach Chamber of Commerce.
Volunteering in SWFL
In an additional effort to help the SWFL community, Midland team members have volunteered with Harry Chapin Food Bank.
Harry Chapin is the largest hunger-relief nonprofit in Southwest Florida. Since September 29th, they have distributed 3.4 million pounds of food to people in need.
Midland believes in the importance of volunteering and making charitable contributions in each of the major markets we serve: Sioux Falls, South Dakota; Fort Myers, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. Learn more about Midland Serves by visiting our website.