Emergency Rescue Fund

Hurricane Relief / Local Information:

Text HCIRMA to 888777
to receive updates from Highlands County
Emergency Operations Center (EOC) regarding
shelters, food, water, electricity, curfews, etc.

FEMA #800-621-3362
www.disasterassistance.gov/

American Red Cross
#863-314-6743

Sebring Salvation Army
#863-385-7548

If your family is in need of assistance, please complete the assistant request form online or at the Champion for Children Advocacy Center:
1968 Sebring Parkway, Sebring 33870.

Please DONATE TODAY to support Highlands County, FL families in need of assistance after hurricane Irma.

We are extremely grateful for the positive support of the National Guard, our state and local government, and the additional electricians, emergency support and services brought to Highlands County; along with the outpouring of assistance and services by local churches, business and community members. If you are need of emergency relief/rebuilding, please register with FEMA as soon as possible.

After the immediate relief efforts,
we are here to help families rebuild:

  • Helping families remain safe
  • Keeping a roof over a child’s head
  • Filling the gap of lost wages due to closed businesses
  • Ensuring young children have food to eat
  • Assisting with electricity expenses, and more


The Emergency Rescue Fund is a source of help and hope for many families with children that have “fallen between the cracks” when it comes to receiving the necessary assistance to get them through rough times.

This fund provides emergency assistance to parents and caretakers who have minor children in their care, custody and control. During difficult times such as loss of a job or home, separation or divorce, or additional family responsibilities, many families find themselves struggling financially.

Providing a hand up, not a hand out. The Emergency Rescue Fund is intended to offer one-time temporary assistance to families going through difficult times or unanticipated setbacks, connecting them with additional resources and support systems, and enabling families to achieve sustainability once assistance has been provided.


The Emergency Rescue Fund is able to assist Highlands County families in crisis due to the strong support of community donors and United Way. If you would like to give to help families in crisis in our community, tax-deductible donations can be made to the Champion for Children Foundation.