As Hurricane Florence continues to work its way through the Carolinas, the larger effects of the storm are just being realized.
Charities are seeking financial donations and volunteers to help with the aftermath of the storm. Some organizations are listed on Charity Navigator. You can also find groups vetted by the Better Business Bureau at give.org.
The BBB advises not to donate to unfamiliar organizations without getting more information. It also urges donors to watch out for charities that sound alike: Take extra precautions to make sure you are giving to the right charity.
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Here’s how you can help and give:
All Hands and Hearts — Smart Response
The organization uses volunteers and community efforts to help those affected by natural disasters. “We will enter the affected area once it is safe and clear to do so,” according to its website. “Chainsaw, debris removal, and mold-sanitation teams will make up this initial deployment.” allhandsandhearts.org/programs/hurricane-florence-relief/
American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is urging people to donate blood, especially because the severe weather canceled preplanned blood drives and appointments. Platelet and type O positive blood donations are critically needed right now. The relief organization sets up shelters and provides meals and health services when natural disasters strike. But the Red Cross has faced criticism in recent years for its response during hurricanes.
To give blood: Make an appointment by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting redcrossblood.org or calling 1-800-733-2767.
To donate money: Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-733-2767 or text the word FLORENCE to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Charleston Animal Society
The Charleston, S.C., organization helped evacuate pets from Myrtle Beach and offers advice on evacuating with pets. On its Facebook page, the organization said it is ready to support emergency pet shelters. To give, visit charlestonanimalsociety.org.
Charlotte Hornets and Michael Jordan
Charlotte Hornets owner Michael Jordan said the NBA team will work with community organizations to provide relief and help those affected by the hurricane. “It’s truly devastating for me to see the damage that Hurricane Florence is doing to my beloved home state of North Carolina and to the surrounding areas,” Jordan said in a news release.
Diaper Bank of North Carolina
The N.C. nonprofit Diaper Bank of North Carolina is aiming to supply diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence supplies to Hurricane Florence victims. Donors can give money at ncdiaperbank.org or diapers, wipes, and sanitary pads at the bank’s headquarters, 1311 East Club Blvd., Durham, NC, 27704. If you want to help create disaster relief kits, the bank urges volunteers to email email@example.com.
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
Serving some of Hurricane Florence’s hardest hit counties, including New Bern and Wilmington, the food bank is asking for funds and food donations. The food bank’s website has a page to donate funds. To donate food, visit one of the distribution centers in Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Greenville, the Sandhills/Southern Pines or Wilmington. There is also an online food bank.
The food bank is requesting high-protein canned meals, like meat, fish, beans and soup, paper goods like paper towels, cups, plates and napkins, diapers, personal hygiene products like soap, toothpaste and sanitizer, non perishable ready-to-eat single serving meals, snacks, peanut butter and cleaning supplies.
Global Giving — Disaster Recovery Network
The Disaster Recovery Network at Global Giving has set a $5 million goal for Hurricane Florence relief efforts. “If necessary, this fund will also support longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild,” the website says. globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-florence-relief-fund/
Habitat for Humanity
Best-known for building low-cost housing, Habitat for Humanity runs a national disaster risk, reduction and response program. The program provides shelter, education and supports rebuilding efforts. habitat.org/impact/our-work/disaster-response.
Harvest Hope Food Bank
Loaves & Fishes
Lutheran Disaster Response
The organization provides support for those impacted by natural disasters, including hurricanes. community.elca.org/
Mennonite Disaster Service
The nonprofit volunteer network of Anabaptist churches helps repair homes after disasters. “Our thoughts and prayers are with those in the path of Hurricane Florence,” its website says. MDS said the average cost to support a volunteer with dorm-style lodging, meals, tools and equipment is $40 a day. mds.mennonite.net/donate/donate-form/. You can mail a check to: MDS, 583 Airport Road, Lititz, PA 17543, or give by phone by calling call 1-800-241-8111.
North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund
The state’s main recovery fund is the NC DIsaster Relief Fund. The governor’s office contributions go to any unmet needs of Hurricane Florence victims. It is accepting online donations on its website or mailed to North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, 20312 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699.
Samaritan’s Purse, a Christian organization that responds to natural disasters, says organizers are “preparing to help affected homeowners by cutting downed trees, tarping roofs, and working on mud-outs.” Franklin Graham, son of Billy Graham, is president and CEO of the organization. samaritanspurse.org/donation-items/hurricane-florence-relief/
Second Harvest Foodbank of Metrolina
The food bank supplies food and groceries across 19 counties in North and South Carolina. secondharvestmetrolina.org/donation.
SBP (St. Bernard Project)
Nonprofit SBP responds to national disasters and was founded after Hurricane Katrina. “Each of SBP’s interventions are designed to fortify people against reaching their breaking point by providing a prompt, efficient and predictable path forward,” according to its website. SBP says that a donation of $50 would buy protective equipment for three volunteers while a donation of $1,000 would fund mold treatment for one house. You can give online at sbpflorencerecoveryfund.funraise.org/.
The Salvation Army
The Salvation Army sent feeding crews and volunteers to the Carolinas ahead of Hurricane Florence, with each unit able to serve up to 1,500 meals a day, according to the nonprofit. To give, visit give.helpsalvationarmy.org/give/166081/#!/donation/checkout or mail a check to The Salvation Army-Disaster Relief, P.O. Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301. Include the name of the disaster relief effort on the check. To donate by phone, call 1-800-725-2769.
UNICEF is monitoring Hurricane Florence, and plans to help children and families, as the organization says it has done with other hurricane victims. donate.unicefusa.org.
United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund
“United Way’s 2-1-1 is a free hotline that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters,” According to its website Call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org.
To give to support the United Way’s Hurricane Florence recovery efforts visit unitedway.org/recovery/hurricane-florence#.
World Central Kitchen
Started by chef Jose Andres in 2010, this group has fed millions in various disaster areas across the world. They’re currently in North Carolina, feeding shelters in Wilmington and Raleigh. worldcentralkitchen.org.
World Hope International
The Christian organization “is already managing two staging areas in North Carolina for relief coordination, donation collections and distribution,” according to a spokesperson. worldhope.org/hurricane-florence
Christian organization World Vision is working with churches to “provide urgent relief including food, clean water, personal hygiene items, temporary shelter items, flood cleanup kits,” according to its website. donate.worldvision.org/give/hurricane-florence-relief