The Joel Foundation donates $250K for victims of Hurricane Ian to Community Cooperative
Billy and Alexis Joel to aid southwest Florida Fund for those impacted by storm
Oct. 24, 2022 (FORT MYERS, Fla.) – Billy and Alexis Joel, through their organization, The Joel Foundation, are helping residents in Fort Myers and throughout southwest Florida recover from Hurricane Ian, which made landfall as the fifth-strongest hurricane to hit the continental U.S. just three weeks ago.
This week, The Joel Foundation, announced their donation of $250,000 to the Lee County Strong Hurricane Ian Relief Fund, an emergency fund providing relief and long-term recovery assistance to the residents of southwest Florida recovering from the devastating impacts of Hurricane Ian. According to Community Cooperative, The Joel Foundation is focusing on relief and rebuilding efforts in southwest Florida for those impacted by the storm, for children and school programs, as well as the local maritime community.
The Lee County Strong Hurricane Ian Relief Fund was established the day Hurricane Ian made landfall by Community Cooperative, a non-profit organization, which has been working to alleviate hunger and homelessness in Lee and North Collier Counties for more than 38 years.
The Lee County Strong emergency relief fund will provide displaced residents and families with food and basic needs, as well as assist hurricane victims with additional resources and long-term recovery assistance.
“We are blown away by the outpouring of support from people across the world, including Billy and Alexis Joel,” said Stefanie Ink Edwards, CEO of Community Cooperative. “The Joel Foundation’s incredible donation will go such a long way in getting our community back on its feet, our children back in school, and their families back at home. We can’t thank The Joel Family and their organization enough.”
According to Edwards, Community Cooperative has already purchased recess equipment for three merged schools thanks to The Joel Foundation’s contribution. Fort Myers Beach Elementary and The Sanibel School are being temporarily placed inside the San Carlos Elementary School. Providing additional recess equipment ensures students a sense of normalcy while their own schools are rebuilt.
“Our family is moved to action by the catastrophic hurricane that wiped out an entire coastline in Lee County Florida,” said Billy and Alexis Joel in a joint statement. “Florida is our winter home and living through our own experience during Superstorm Sandy and the rebuilding needed in the ongoing years, our goal is to help those less fortunate. While we always put music education at the forefront of our agenda, we also help those during devastating times. We have partnered with The Lee County Community Cooperative to aid those that are suffering in the aftermath of this storm. We are grateful to them for their tireless work in the community.”
The Joel Foundation has made and pledged over $7 million in charitable donations with a focus on music education and humanitarian aid. In addition to supporting vital global relief efforts, The Joel Foundation provides grants to organizations throughout New York City and Long Island leveraging the power of music to enhance the lives of people of every age. Recently, The Joel Foundation announced the continuation of its long-term investment in Long Island’s only public arts high school, Long Island High School for the Arts (LIHSA), serving student artists in a pre-conservatory model with a focus on career and technical education.
In 2021, Community Cooperative provided more than 2.1 million pounds of food to those in need, assisting over 42,000 Southwest Florida residents through their vital human services programs.
Those who wish to apply for relief through the Lee County Strong emergency relief fund can do so at www.CommunityCooperative.com.
Supporters looking to donate to the Lee County Strong Emergency Relief Fund can do so at www.LeeCountyStrong.com
Those interested in becoming a volunteer for Community Cooperative can apply or learn more at www.CommunityCooperative.com/Give-Help/Volunteer, or contact via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To learn more about Community Cooperative, visit www.CommunityCooperative.com or call 239.332.SOUP(7687).
Established in 1984, Community Cooperative strives to be the leader in alleviating hunger and homelessness in the community by addressing key root causes. With a dedicated team of volunteers, board of directors and staff, Community Cooperative stays committed to our core responsibility to collect and distribute resources through a strong and viable network of community partners. Through collaboration and ongoing education, Community Cooperative supports and strengthens those whose lives have been affected by hunger and homelessness, ensuring that they have access to the resources necessary to transform their lives with dignity.
About The Joel Foundation
Founded and guided by iconic singer/songwriter Billy Joel and his wife, Alexis, The Joel Foundation, through strategic and thoughtful organizational investments, helps create positive outcomes for people and communities. Since its inception, the Foundation has made and pledged over $7M in charitable donations with a focus on music education and humanitarian aid.