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Since its founding in 1999, the Carolina Center for Public Service has been central to the University’s response and relief efforts in the aftermath of disasters in North Carolina, the nation and the world. CCPS serves as a hub for disaster relief information and other resources, including relief project grants.

For volunteer opportunities and donation opportunities coordinated by the State of North Carolina, visit the Volunteer NC website or fill out the Volunteer NC Disaster Volunteer Interest Form.

One great way to prepare yourself to be effective in future disaster response is to sign up for Gillings on the Ground, a free, six-week “mini-course” to develop skills needed to work with communities in disaster preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation.

*Donations to the UNC Disaster Relief Fund cannot be transferred directly to communities; rather, the fund enables Carolina’s efforts to support those communities. CCPS is committed to thoughtful and effective stewardship of all donations.


FEMA Guide: Volunteer & Donate Responsibly »

In the wake of a natural disaster, many people want to help but don’t know how to get started. Read tips on how to volunteer and donate responsibly.


Previous Disaster Relief Efforts

Carolina students, faculty and staff have helped support previous disaster relief efforts over the years, including but not limited to:

  • Hurricane Dorian, September 2019
  • Hurricane Florence, September 2018
  • Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria Disaster Relief, August and September 2017
  • Hurricane Matthew, October 2016
  • Nepal earthquake, May 2015
  • Hurricane Sandy, October 2012
  • Hurricane Irene, August 2011
  • North Carolina tornadoes, April 2011
  • Japan earthquake, March 2011
  • Hurricane Katrina, 2005
  • Hurricane Isabel, 2003
  • Hurricane Floyd, 1999