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. Many communities have suffered in the wake of Hurricane Florence and the UNC community is responding with various relief and recovery efforts. Please send information about additional opportunities to the Carolina Center for Public Service at firstname.lastname@example.org. Check back for updated relief efforts.
If you were impacted by Hurricane Florence, visit our Relief and Recovery Resources page for information on where to receive help.
Announcement of Relief Trip Grants
Thanks to the generosity of donors, the CCPS has limited funds available to support campus efforts. The grants are up to $1,000 for relief trips organized by UNC-Chapel Hill student, staff or faculty to affected areas. For more information, visit our UNC Disaster Relief Trips webpage.
Other ways to help with UNC relief efforts:
- Florence Student Emergency Fund – An initiative that provides support to students who face financial hardships as a result of Hurricane Florence. The initiative is a $2 million fund, where $1 million is being raised through a philanthropic match.
- UNC Disaster Relief Fund – Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund supports Carolina’s response efforts, including future relief trips to affected areas.
- American Indian Center – Support 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 – Help with school-specific efforts or sign up to volunteer as part of the Gillings School disaster relief efforts.
- The UNC Center For Excellence in Community Mental Health – 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 FlLorence, 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.
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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 first $50,000 in gifts will be matched by The Fayetteville New Car dealers Association ($25,000) and Cumberland Community Foundation ($25,000). Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 charity. Our tax id is 58-1406831. All gifts are deductible to the extent of the law.
- 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 – Our mission is to match volunteers with meaningful service opportunities in the Cape Fear region, through direct and indirect services. Help as a Hurricane Florence volunteer in the Cape Fear region.
- The Community Foundation of NC East Relief Fund – The Community Foundation of NC East is ready and committed to helping support the hurricane relief efforts. If you want to ensure your donation goes specifically to assisting those in a certain city, community or town, we can make that happen for you.
- 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
In the coming days, weeks and months there will be many opportunities to work with communities affected by Hurricane Florence.
- 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 here 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.
Friday Center Shelter Information
The shelter at the Friday Center is being operated for the State of North Carolina by the Red Cross in partnership with the University. They are fully staffed and currently do not need additional donations of goods. Monetary donations can be made online, where individuals can also apply to be a Red Cross volunteer.
Other Ways to Help
- A Just Florence Recovery – Frontline Resource Mobilization
- 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
Helping Families and Children Manage the Effects of Disaster
On Oct. 22, 2018 from 12:15 – 1:30 p.m. in the Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building, room 300, Drs. Joanne Caye and Lawrence Rosenfeld will discuss their book and how social workers can respond to the needs of those effected by natural disasters.
This session is free and open to the public. Bring your lunch and consider donating a toiletry to those affected by Hurricane Florence. Items most requested include: soap, bug spray, feminine products, and diapers.
Fill the Truck Round 2
In response to continued requests from affected areas, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is hosting 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 starts now at various drop off sites across campus and culminates October 8th and 9th at the Williamson Parking Lot located directly across the street from the Dean E. Smith Center. See below for details.
Drop off sites and dates
NOW thru 6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8
- Campus Y
- Gillings School of Global Public Health
- School of Social Work
- Biology Department in Coker Hall Lobby
- Carolina Center for Public Service
Fill the Truck drop off:
- Monday, Oct. 8, 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
- Tuesday, Oct. 9, 7:30 a.m. – noon
Williamson Parking Lot, located directly across the street from the Dean E. Smith Center.
- Mosquito repellent
- Cleaning supplies (mops, brooms, dust pans, face masks, sponges, buckets, spray bottles, wipes)
- Canned vegetables
- Dry cereal, cereal bars
- Paper goods (napkins, plates, cups, knives, spoons)
- Feminine products
- Adult diapers
- Quart-sized and gallon-sized food storage bags
Please do NOT include water, baby supplies, clothing or used/open containers.
UNC-Chapel Hill Donation Drive
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*There’s a limited number of Carolina Football tickets for Saturday’s game for those who bring items on the list to donate!
The University is beginning 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 have been donated to deliver supplies. Beginning Tuesday (Sept. 18) the University will be accepting donations of specific items at the Williamson Center parking lot, located directly across the street from the Dean E. Smith Center. These items will be loaded onto the Carolina Football equipment truck and delivered to the hardest-hit locations throughout the state.
The items people should donate include:
- Non-perishable food items
- Pop-top canned goods
- Diapers (baby and adult)
- Baby wipes
- Clorox wipes
- Paper towels/products
- Cleaning supplies (brooms, cotton mops, pails/buckets, sponges, scrub brushes, garbage bags, rubber gloves)
- Personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, dental floss, gel soap, bar soap, shampoo, deodorant, band aids)
People may bring items to the Williamson Center parking lot at these dates and times:
- Tuesday, Sept. 18: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Wednesday, Sept. 19: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Sept. 20: 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Friday, Sept. 21: 7:30 a.m. to noon