Disaster Relief

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Since its founding in 1999, the Carolina Center for Public Service has been active in UNC’s response and relief efforts in the aftermath of disasters in North Carolina, the nation and the world. In the wake of devastation, students, faculty and staff at The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill stand ready to assist in any way that we can. The Carolina Center for Public Service serves as a resource of disaster relief information. For those looking to assist, volunteer or donate, see information about current disaster relief efforts.

Current UNC disaster relief efforts

In the aftermath of several hurricanes that have recently impacted the United States and the Caribbean, UNC students, faculty and staff are engaged in many ways to assist those affected.

Adopt -a -home fundraiser

  • The Carolina Hazards and Resilience Planners invites friends, classmates, family and colleagues to support the Adopt-a-Home program, which helps displaced families still recovering from Hurricane Matthew. The group will host a benefit night 5 – 8 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 16 at Linda’s Bar & Grill, 203 E. Franklin Street in Chapel Hill. The goal is to raise $1,600 to purchase appliances for an adopted family. For details on the benefit night, see the Adopt-a-home Facebook event page, or make a donation to the Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. For questions, contact Christian Kamrath.

Disaster relief trips

Adopt-a-Home

  • Since December 2016, the Carolina Center for Public Service has partnered with the North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church (NCCUMC) to support Hurricane Matthew disaster relief efforts in Princeville, Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina. In June, NCCUMC launched its Adopt-a-Home program to help displaced families in Lumberton. Organizational partners are needed to help get families back into their homes by volunteering labor and providing donations to purchase furniture, appliances and home furnishings. For details and to get involved in this effort, contact ccps@unc.edu.

Offices of Graduate Education hurricane relief drive

  • The Offices of Graduate Education in the Schools of Pharmacy and Medicine are coordinating a hurricane relief drive for Tar Heel families in the Virgin islands and Puerto Rico. Collection containers are placed throughout Eshelman School of Pharmacy, Kerr Hall and Marsico Hall.

More information

For details and updates, including local disaster-area relief organizations:

Additional information will be shared on the Public Service and Engagement at UNC Facebook page and on Twitter @UNCServes. If you are involved in or know about relief efforts for Hurricane Iirma, please send information to the Carolina Center for Public Service at ccps@unc.edu so that we can make that information available.

UNC disaster relief fund

Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund supports Carolina’s response efforts, including future relief trips to affected areas.

  • Make a donation to the Disaster Relief Fund (010779).
  • UNC students, faculty and staff may submit a letter to request funding from the Disaster Relief Fund to support relief trips and projects. The letter should include a description of the effort, what organization(s) or constituents will participate, community(ies) to be served, budget information and the amount of funding requested. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Send applications as an email attachment to ccps@unc.edu.

Resources for how to help

Previous disaster relief efforts

To see ways Carolina students, faculty and staff have helped, visit previous disaster relief efforts.

Nepal Disaster Relief, May 2015

Huricane Sandy Disaster Relief, October 2012

Bertie County Disaster Relief

Hurricane Irene Disaster Relief, August 2011

North Carolina Tornado Disaster Relief, April 2011

Japan Earthquake Disaster Relief, March 2011