Disaster Relief at Carolina and Beyond
UNC Disaster Relief Efforts
When a natural disaster strikes North Carolina, students, faculty and staff at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill organize to provide assistance to those in need. These efforts have included:
- UNC Disaster Relief Fund
- American Indian Center, which supports recovery efforts for affected North Carolina tribal communities. To donate directly to a community, visit the Coharie Tribe donation fund or the Waccamaw Siouan Tribe donation fund.
- The Gillings School of Global Public Health has led disaster relief efforts.
- The UNC Center For Excellence in Community Mental Health – You can donate much-needed supplies for recovery efforts through their Amazon Wish List. After choosing items to purchase, ship to one of these two addresses:
New Dimensions Group
Attn: Dr. Constance Olatidoye
416 W. Ridge St.
Rose Hill, NC 28452
Physicians Alliance for Mental Health
3208 Oleander Dr.
Wilmington, NC 28403
- The UNC Center for Best Practices – For mental health support during the recovery process of Hurricane Florence, the Institute has partnered with two community mental health providers experienced in care for those in hard-stricken areas. Both agencies are led by UNC Psychiatry alumni.
New Dimensions Group
(Tax ID 20-3279411)
Rose Hill, North Carolina
Physician Alliance for Mental Health
(Tax ID 26-252-16550)
Wilmington, North Carolina.
Locally-based North Carolina Relief Efforts
- Feast Down East – Donate to support under-resourced farmers and those affected by Hurricane Florence.
- EASTERN NC-Triangle SOLIDARITY DROP-OFF LOCATIONS + SUPPLY LIST – Serving counties in need that are severely underserved, including Duplin, Scotland, Pender and Columbus.
- Cumberland County Foundation – Donate to the Hurricane Florence relief and recovery fund for the Cumberland County community.
- The Outer Banks Community Foundation – The Outer Banks Community Foundation is the official lead agency for the collection and disbursement of all public donations for disaster recovery in Dare County.
- The Community Foundation of Henderson County – Accepting donations to its Disaster Relief, Recovery and Rebuilding Fund (DR3).
- Cape Fear Volunteer Center – Matching volunteers with meaningful service opportunities in the Cape Fear region, through direct and indirect services.
- The Community Foundation of NC East Relief Fund – Committed to helping support hurricane relief efforts. Able to ensure your donation goes specifically to assisting those in a certain city, community or town.
- Southeastern NC Recovery Efforts – A list of relief resources, hotlines and volunteer and donation information for New Hanover County, Onslow County, Brunswick County and Pender County.
- All Hands and Hearts response team in New Bern – Volunteers needed for the continued relief work in New Bern, one of the cities most impacted by Hurricane Florence. If you volunteer from out of town, housing and meals are provided.
State of North Carolina Disaster Relief Efforts
- The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund is currently accepting contributions for Hurricane Florence damage. Contributions will help with immediate unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims.
- North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – North Carolina asks that volunteers do not self-deploy, as unexpected arrivals in affected communities creates an additional burden for first responders. Volunteer registration for Hurricane Florence can be completed through the NC VOAD.
- Anyone interested in volunteering can sign up through the State’s volunteer website. Volunteers can indicate if they are interested in volunteering time, supplies, donations or resources to assist communities impacted by Hurricane Florence.
- ActBlue – Eastern North Carolina Hurricane Recovery Fund
- University of North Carolina Wilmington Emergency Fund – The Campus Emergency Fund provides financial assistance to UNCW students personally affected by natural disasters.
- Diaper Bank of North Carolina
- Diaper Bank of North Carolina Amazon Wishlist – Provides direct resources to their Wilmington branch to support those affected.
- Foundation for the Carolinas – Donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund will be directed to nonprofits in North and South Carolina providing relief to victims of the storm. Grants will be distributed to areas of greatest need.The Carolinas is a 501(c)3 public charity, and donations to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund are tax-deductible.
- NECHAMA – Jewish response to Disaster – Volunteer for a day or a week to help in Hurricane Florence cleanup.
- NC Baptist Men/Baptists on Mission – Volunteers are needed for many weeks (and months) to come for cleanup and recovery or rebuilds.
Other Ways to Help
- United Way – 100% of individual donations given to these disaster recovery funds will be distributed to the affected areas.
- Crisis Cleanup – A free, award-winning, ready-to-use, open source application that connects disaster recovery organizations with the people who need help.
- Team Rubicon Disaster Response – Donate or volunteer with Team Rubicon in their efforts to rapidly deploy emergency response teams.
Previous Relief Efforts
UNC-Chapel Hill “Fill the Truck” Donation Drives
The University organized a drive to collect requested items for affected areas throughout the state of North Carolina. Thanks to UNC Athletics and Marrins’ Moving, several tractor trailers were donated to deliver supplies. Beginning Sept. 18, the University accepted donations of specific items that were loaded onto the Carolina Football equipment truck and delivered to the hardest-hit locations throughout the state.
In response to continued requests from affected areas, the University hosted Fill the Truck Round 2, a supply drive to collect specific items for for Jones County and the Coharie and Waccamaw Siouan Tribes, communities heavily affected by Hurricane Florence. The drive culminated Oct. 8 and 9.