Support Hurricane Florence Relief Efforts

The effects of Hurricane Florence were devastating to our state and our region.

Students, if you have been impacted by this event and need support, please contact the Dean of Students Office (located at 210 EUC) at 336.334.5514 or the Counseling Center (in the Anna M. Gove Student Health Center) at 336.334.5874.

For those that want to support relief efforts, the best way to do so is through the Red Cross (see below). As additional ways to donate become available in the next days and weeks, we will share them here as well.

Keep in Mind:

  • USAID suggests that sometimes the easiest way to support response efforts is also the most economically efficient and effective – monetary donations to relief agencies. Otherwise, valuable time might be lost sorting through a mountain of donated goods that do not serve people’s immediate needs.

  • Before you donate, do a little research to make sure you’re donating to a reputable organization. One way to do so is by checking Charity Navigator, which grades established charities based on transparency and financial health and has put together a list of those active in recovery from Florence.

  • South Carolina Emergency Management Division asks that people not “self-deploy” and unexpectedly show up to communities impacted by the hurricane as this can create an additional burden for first responders. Many initial volunteer opportunities require specialized training. However, they do encourage you to get affiliated with a voluntary organization that specializes in disaster recovery.

  • FEMA suggests that before you donate, check that donations are needed. Critical needs change rapidly – confirm needed items before collecting, pack and label carefully, confirm delivery locations and arrange transportation. Unsolicited goods not needed can burden organizations’ ability to meet survivors’ confirmed needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.

  • FEMA also suggests connecting to volunteer. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.

Carolina-Based Organizations:

  • North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund – currently accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence damage. Contributions will help with immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims. Contributions are made by online secure link or text Florence to 20222.

  • Diaper Bank of North Carolina – based in Durham is collecting donations for diapers and feminine hygiene products for people displaced by the storm: https://ncdiaperbank.org/updates.

  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – this organization serves an area stretching from the Triangle to the coast, including Wilmington and New Bern and is collecting donations here under “How you can help”.

  • The Central Carolina Community Foundation is accepting donations through the One SC Fund. This fundraising effort helps South Carolinians who are recovering from a state-declared disaster.

Impacted UNC System Institutions (as provided by the respective institutions)

  • UNC Pembroke:
    Volunteers: http://serve.uncp.edu
    Monetary Donations: uncp.edu/relief
    Another option for monetary donations is to give to the CARE Resource Center. Directions for gifting to that are: go to www.uncp.edu/give/, select “Student Affairs” as the Area to Apply Gift and type “Community and Civic Engagement” in the Program or Department box that appears.
  • UNC Wilmington:
    UNCW’s overall resource doc: http://bit.ly/UNCWFloRecoveryResources
    The UNCW Campus Emergency Fund will support UNCW students affected by Hurricane Florence And We Wilm Rebuild is on Facebook as well as Instagram at @wewilmrebuild
  • Fayetteville State University information:
    Here is the site to provide financial assistance to FSU students in need. https://www.uncfsu.edu/give-to-fsu/broncos-helping-broncos

Other Groups:

  • The Red Cross – was prepared before the storm to work with state and local officials in offering emergency shelter staffing and organization. During the storm more than 1,600 people spent the night in Red Cross and community shelters in SC and NC. The Red Cross is asking for blood donations and monetary donations.
  • United Way – is prepared to help local partners with disaster recovery. The group aims to make communities more resilient so they can overcome challenges. Donate to their Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund, which will distribute 100 percent of individual donations to local United Way groups to focus on mid- and long-term recovery efforts in the Carolinas, Virginia, parts of Georgia and Maryland and other affected areas.
  • Animal Shelters – many shelters in the path of the hurricane scrambled to get animals to other shelters or safe locations away from danger. Shelters are encouraging people outside the storm-affected areas to foster/adopt or donate.
  • UNCG Honors College – Shannon Lloyd, an Honors student, will be collecting non-perishable food, water, new/gently used clothes, and cleaning supplies for her hometown, New Bern, NC. Donations can be dropped off in 237 Graham. For large donations like cases of water, please contact Shannon directly at solloyd@uncg.edu. Monetary donations can be given to continue2give.com/florencerelief

Supporting the State’s Efforts

Anyone interested in volunteering with the state can sign up through the State’s volunteer website. Volunteers can indicate here if they are interested in volunteering time, supplies, donations or resources to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Florence. Donations to support efforts may also be made directly to local efforts or to the governor’s Disaster Relief Fund.