Take action to help our neighbors
Blown-out buildings. Families living in tents. Children without schools.
It’s not a scene from a far-off war zone. It’s right here in Florida. The Panhandle, devastated from Hurricane Michael and struggling to meet the basic needs of our fellow citizens.
The majority of these families, like most Floridians, have never experienced homelessness — but more than a month after the storm hit, they’re depending on friends, neighbors and aid organizations just to get by.
It makes me angry to know this is happening in America — in Florida. And while it would be easy to send out tweets and point fingers at politicians, I have always believed we can accomplish much more to help our fellow Floridians with action, not rhetoric.
That’s why I have joined Rebuild 850, a new bipartisan initiative dedicated to helping the region recover. Working alongside Republican former House Speakers Allan Bense and Will Weatherford, we are going to keep the Florida Panhandle’s recovery front and center until it’s fully accomplished.
Rebuild 850 is working in partnership with Volunteer Florida to raise financial support for the Florida Disaster Fund to provide aid and to recruit volunteers to help with ongoing hurricane recovery.
The outpouring of support from Floridians across the state has been vital to helping families get back on their feet.
I represented most of the areas hit hardest by the storm in Congress, where I often spoke proudly of the North Florida Way. It stood for all the good I saw in my neighbors and constituents — and traveling the state running for governor, I saw this same spirit of kindness in every community.
Whether you contribute time, money or material goods, your generosity will make a real difference to north Florida families in serious need and get them one step closer to normal.