Any local citizen or community group who wishes to help state residents affected by Hurricane Florence, either by making a donation or volunteering their time, should coordinate their efforts beforehand with one of several organizations currently accepting aid. This will help ensure that donations and volunteers are used in the most effective manner and in the areas of greatest need.
Monetary donations are often the best way for citizens to help in disaster recovery. One method to do so is through the North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund. All funds are managed by the N.C. state government and used directly for disaster relief.
People who wish to volunteer in an affected area should first make arrangements with a specific county’s Emergency Management office or through a relief agency. It is not safe to simply show up on your own and try to help without being part of an organized relief effort. Many counties and agencies are utilizing volunteers, so please call first and make the necessary arrangements before traveling to an affected area.
Below is a listing of counties and organizations that have requested aid in Hurricane Florence recovery. If you have any questions about these agencies or how to best provide aid, contact Currituck Emergency Management at 252-232-2115.
- Brunswick County – Family Assistance
- Craven County – Donation and volunteer information
- Cumberland County – Cumberland Strong
- Harnett County – Donation sites
- Jones County – Items needed
- Moore County – Updates and information
- New Hanover County – Donations Hub
- Onslow County – Recovery information
- Pender County – Recovery donations
- Robeson County – Distribution Center | Volunteer registration
- Sampson County – Donation and volunteer center
- Diaper Bank of North Carolina – Disaster relief
- American Red Cross – Online donations
- Salvation Army – Online donations
- Samaritan’s Purse – Online donations
- Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – website
- Baptist Men of North Carolina – Volunteer or donate
- National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster – Current response missions
- Team Rubicon – Donations and volunteers (Volunteer force of military veterans)
Locally, the Currituck County Senior Center has a drop box located in its lobby for donations of toiletries, shelf stable foods (cans must have pop-tops), cleaning supplies, and personal hygiene products. Items are being collected until Sept. 26. Then, the Albemarle Commission will deliver the collected goods to the region affected by Hurricane Florence. For more information, contact the Currituck Senior Center at 252-232-3505.