The City of Palm Bay's Disaster Relief Committee was established on October 3rd, 2017 following the disastrous effects of Hurricane Maria and Hurricane Harvey. The Disaster Relief Committee was born out of the simple idea that we, as individuals, can help to make a huge difference in the lives of those who have experienced a major disaster when we come together and combine our efforts.
Presided over by Mayor William Capote, the newly formed Disaster Relief Committee Executive Board is intended to serve as a conduit so that citizens and City employees can help those affected by local, national and international disasters and tragedies. The City will work with the Disaster Relief Committee Executive Board to collect money to be distributed to non-profit, charitable and relief organizations. All funds raised and disbursed through the Disaster Relief Committee will be reported to the Palm Bay Municipal Foundation and kept on record.
The Palm Bay Municipal Foundation is exempt from federal income tax under Section 501(c)(3). All proceeds go towards identified natural disasters or disasters needing assistance.
Please note: All funds donated through PayPal are subject to a fee, which will be deducted from the amount donated.
The Disaster Relief Committee's first recommendation, approved by the Palm Bay Municipal Foundation, Inc., was a $150 donation to the SPCA of Brevard to assist with the care of animals they have taken on locally as a result of Hurricane Florence. On Saturday, June 22nd, 2019, Mayor Capote and members of the Disaster Relief Committee presented a check for $150 to the SPCA of Brevard at their Titusville headquarters.
Current members of the Disaster Relief Committee:
- Mayor William Capote, Chairman
- Juan Bermudez, Vice-Chairman
- Lori Parker, Committee Member
- Dawn Bittar, Committee Member
- Shaun McFadden, Committee Member
You may contact the Disaster Relief Committee by calling Palm Bay's Legislative office at (321)952-3414.
At the March 28th Disaster Relief Committee meeting, Mayor William Capote presented the Disaster Relief Committee Board with a check for the $14,000 raised at the 2019 Mayor's Ball.