Hurricane Florence Relief Resources
Hurricane Florence has made landfall and remains stagnant over the Carolinas with heavy rainfall. Over 620,000 people have lost power and more than 20,000 people sought out emergency shelters as of Friday. If you’re looking to help the relief effort, here are some organizations and foundations to consider:
All Hands and Hearts: Smart Response
The All Hands and Hearts Smart Response team is en route and will be on standby starting this Saturday in Jacksonville, Florida and be ready to enter the affected area once it is safe and clear to do so. Chainsaw, debris removal, and mold sanitation teams will make up this initial deployment.
American Red Cross: Hurricane Florence Relief
The Red Cross has mobilized over 2,000 disaster workers to shelter, feed, and support evacuees. Working with partners, the Red Cross has served 47,000 meals and snacks in North Carolina and South Carolina. To bolster relief efforts, the Red Cross is mobilizing nearly 100 emergency response vehicles and more than 120 trailers of equipment and supplies, including 100,000 ready-to-eat meals and enough cots and blankets for more than 42,000 people.
Center for Disaster Philanthropy: 2018 Atlantic Hurricane Season Recovery Fund
The 2018 Atlantic Hurrican Season Recovery Fund will focus on supporting medium- and long-term recovery needs, including rebuilding homes and businesses, meeting the needs of young children, and supporting mental health (among other needs).
North Carolina VOAD (Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster)
Support any of the members of the North Carolina VOAD who form a coalition of nonprofit organizations that respond to disasters as part of their overall mission.
Support a Community Foundation
Supporting a Community Foundation serving an area impacted by Hurricane Florence is another way to ensure your contribution has an impact. Community foundations like Adirondack Foundation intimately know the communities that are most affected, have a clear process for vetting and granting your donations, and invest not just in the immediate relief effort, but in long-term recovery. The Community Foundation Public Awareness Initiative is regularly updating this list of various funds at other Community Foundations you can support...
Council on Foundations
As more becomes known and in the aftermath of Florence, the Council on Foundations will work to update the below page on their website with additional resources and information on any funds established in response.
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