UNC is committed to assisting those in need in the wake of Hurricane Matthew. Immediate needs in affected areas will be different than needs as time progresses through the first of the new year and beyond. Opportunities to donate time, money, supplies and other needed items will be organized only in response to direct requests from the affected communities and specifics will be listed as they are received.
Current relief efforts
- 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. To get involved, contact the Carolina Center for Public Service.
- Disaster relief trips are available for UNC students, faculty and staff who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. If you would like to receive updates on future relief trips, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Take a look at the Hurricane Matthew interactive map to see how UNC researchers are impacting the state, helping develop plans and guide policy for when the next storm hits.
- UNC School of Government local state of emergency declarations.
Previous relief efforts
- The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with the campus and community partners, organizes campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills.
- Coastal Resilience Center of Excellence (CRC) researchers and students across several North Carolina universities lead three long-term efforts in response to Hurricane Matthew. The Hurricane Matthew Disaster Recovery and Resilience Initiative (HMDRRI) is led by CRC director Dr. Gavin Smith. Funding of more than $900,000 for the HMDRRI is provided through three entities: The N.C. Policy Collaboratory at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the State of North Carolina through disaster-recovery legislation; and the Department of Homeland Security’s Science and Technology’s Office of University Programs. Learn more at Coastal Resilience Center or see the Hurricane Matthew information page for updates.
- Campus Recreation collects unopened water (cases, bottles, plastic jugs, etc.) as well as individual water filtration systems to deliver to communities still suffering the effects of Hurricane Matthew. Water collection stations are located at the front lobbies of the Student Recreation Center and Rams Head Recreation Center.
- American Indian Center collects supplies for the tribal community in Robeson County.
- Center for Health Equity Research accepts donations to support communities impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
- Gillings School of Global Public Health Hurricane Matthew Relief for North Carolina.
- Other UNC campus locations to drop off donations: North Campus and Central and South Campus.
- RENCI collects donated supplies to assist in hurricane recovery.
- UNC Health Care and UNC REX Healthcare Co-workers Lead Triangle-wide Relief Efforts
- UNC’s Million Meals Challenge benefits the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in assisting with Hurricane Matthew recovery. Million Meals Challenge is supported by Harris Teeter with UNC, Duke University, North Carolina State University and Wake Forest University competing to collect the most food donations.
- UNC Pembroke supports relief efforts for students and employees. The Office of Civic & Community Engagement is also coordinating volunteer efforts for cleanup and recovery in the wake of Hurricane Matthew.
- UNC Pembroke CARE Resource Center offers assistance for those in need and ways for volunteers to get involved and help in relief efforts.
Join the Carolina disaster relief listserv
The Hurricane Matthew disaster relief listserv is for those interested in receiving communication about UNC efforts relating to Hurricane Matthew. To join the listserv, visit Hurricane Matthew disaster relief listserv.
Log UNC Hurricane Matthew relief efforts
- Help us keep a record of new and revised courses that have developed in response to Hurricane Matthew. This survey should take approximately 10 minutes to complete. The information provided will be used by the University’s Hurricane Matthew Relief Working Group to compile information on courses developed in response to Hurricane Matthew.
UNC relief efforts in the news
- In this N.C. town, a model for rebuilding is taking shape
- One year later: Windsor remains resilient despite lasting flood damage from Hurricane Matthew
- UNC professor Gavin Smith is working to make Princeville less vulnerable to flooding after Hurricane Matthew
- UNC School of Nursing 609.001 spring break service-learning health outreach
- UNC students, organizations help with Hurricane Matthew relief
- Tar Heels partner for Hurricane Matthew relief
- Students Respond to Hurricane Matthew Flooding
- Helping a neighbor
- Donations from UNC-UNCP hoops game to aid hurricane relief
- Food drive scheduled for Friday’s basketball exhibition
- UNC organizations part of hurricane relief efforts for Eastern N.C.
- APPLES alternative fall break participants serve where needed