Relief and Recovery Resources

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Support for students affected by Hurricane Florence

nasa image of category 4 hurricane florenceThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill has launched the Florence Student Emergency Fund to provide support to students who face financial hardships as a result of Hurricane Florence.

The fund helps those who face financial hardships as a result of Hurricane Florence. The hub has specially trained teams that will work with students to develop plans to meet their needs. Interested UNC-Chapel Hill students should visit the Student Success Hub in the Carolina Union room 2416, call 919-843-0145, or send an email to The fund and the hub are open to all enrolled students, including undergraduate, graduate and professional students.

The initiative is a $2 million fund, where $1 million is being raised through a philanthropic match. Visit the website to donate to the Florence Student Emergency Fund.

Support for State Employees Community Service

Community Service Leave Eligible Organizations

OSHR has provided a temporary expansion of eligible organizations so that state employees can volunteer for organized efforts coordinated by a local government (county or municipality) entity to address Hurricane Florence recovery activities in addition to regular coverage for activities provided by established nonprofits. Managers and supervisor should follow the current protocols in place for their areas when evaluating requests for using CSL.

Community Service Leave Additional Hours

Likewise, OSHR has approved an additional 16 hours (two days) of paid CSL leave, exclusively for storm-related volunteer activities. This increases the maximum amount of paid CSL leave from 24 hours to 40 hours for the remainder of 2018. The additional CSL will expire on December 31, 2018.

Additionally, OSHR has authorized an expansion of the CSL Policy to allow state employees to use up to 40 hours of CSL for any Florence-related volunteer activity. Employees should obtain prior approval from their supervisor and are responsible for providing documentation that additional hours used are storm-related using the current procedures for CSL. A new accrual, ‘Community Service Leave Opt A Hurricane Relief’ with 16 hours has been added in TIM for permanent employees. Should you have an employee who wishes to use this additional leave for storm-related volunteer activities, the pay code, ‘Community Service Leave Opt A HR’ may be entered in their timecard by a Manager or TIM Administrator.

Disaster Relief Resources

Various resources are available to support and assist those affected by Hurricane Florence. Below is a listing of available resources.

Harnett County Resources