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The Florida State Park Family Needs Your Help

Hurricane Michael slammed into the Panhandle on October 10 with unprecedented force causing catastrophic damage to the area. Many of our beautiful state parks in the region suffered massive damage, but disasters like this take their toll on more than just buildings and habitats.

Let us not forget the park staff, and other DEP employees and their families who were impacted by this storm. Many have experienced total loss--homes and possessions. They have been displaced and are sleeping in temporary accommodations. They have lost vehicles and untold other practical and precious possessions. Will you help us help them as they begin to rebuild their lives?

The Foundation is working in partnership with the Florida Department of Environmental Protection and Division of Recreation and Parks to provide financial support to help DEP staff and their families recover from this devastating hurricane. For property damage alone, millions of dollars will be needed to repair or rebuild homes and other buildings and replace damaged infrastructure.

We are committed to these families and are making $50,000 available toward helping those DEP staff, including park staff, who are in need. But so much more is needed, and we ask that you join us in our effort to support these families. Your gift, no matter the size, will help us with this critical and timely mission.

If you would like your donation to go to a specific park or DEP program area, please indicate the park’s name in the "COMMENTS" box.

 Donation checks may be mailed to:

       Florida State Parks Foundation, Inc. 
       Suite 11 #200
      1700 North Monroe Street
      Tallahassee Florida 32303-5535


All unrestricted charitable gifts are used strategically to support park priorities. If you have a specific purpose in mind, please note it on the donation form. Whether you choose to restrict a gift or not, your support will help preserve our natural and cultural environment for future generations to enjoy.

The Florida State Parks Foundation is designated as a public charity under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. The Florida State Parks Foundation, as the officially designated statewide citizen support organization of the Florida Department of Environmental Protection - Division of Recreation and Parks, is exempt from registering with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services to conduct fundraising activities. “Sections 496.401 to 496.424, F.S. do not apply to bona fide religious institutions, educational institutions, and state agencies or other government entities or persons or organizations who solicit or act as professional fundraising consultants solely on their behalf.”

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