United Way Worldwide created the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support local communities in South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Florence. Link to the information page here https://www.unitedway.org/recovery/hurricane-florence.
As part of the mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.
This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.
United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery. It’s part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding, after first responders’ work is done.
During times of crisis, United Ways take on a variety of roles ranging from critical short-term assistance (connecting individuals to resources through 2-1-1 and other helplines) to long-range recovery (by mobilizing community partners and securing resources to address unmet community needs, etc.). Crisis may be becoming the new normal and that means we must help our communities prepare for and respond to crises as they happen.
United Way Worldwide will report the total amount of money raised by the national fund and United Ways in the affected areas on its website (unitedway.org). Distributions will also be tracked on its website.
How to Volunteer
Volunteer opportunities are now available in North Carolina on the state website and in South Carolina on the United Way Association of South Carolina website for those interested in helping on the ground in any affected areas.
Please also visit the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website. NVOAD will connect volunteers with opportunities on the ground as the situation becomes safe for volunteers. Please consult with NVOAD before traveling to disaster areas.
How to wire or send a check
Mail checks to:
United Way Worldwide
P.O. Box 418607
Boston, MA 02241-8607.
Reference Hurricane Florence in the memo line of the check.
Contact Kristen Byorick at firstname.lastname@example.org to get information on how to wire funds directly to us or make stock donations.
How to Donate to Local Efforts
As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster. Local funds have been set up at various United Ways in the Carolinas, Georgia and Virginia to help with both the short-term needs and the longer-term rebuilding efforts. You can learn more about how to donate or how you can help those impacted by this natural disaster by going to https://www.unitedway.org/recovery/hurricane-florence/local-funds.
Individuals who need assistance after Hurricane Florence can contact 211 by simply dialing 211 from a cell phone or landline. 2-1-1 is a free, 24/7, hotline, available in 180 languages, that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs.
Hurricane Florence information and updates are now also available by texting FLORENCE to 898-211. More information about 2-1-1 can be found at 211.org.
About United Way Worldwide
United Way Worldwide meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability spanning Governance, Measuring Effectiveness, Finances and Fundraising. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on www.give.org.