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United Way Creates Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund Options

“While our county got lucky in this recent storm, our sister counties close to the coast were not so lucky. United Way of Transylvania County is pleased to share ways to assist those who were hit hard by Hurricane Florence,” said Steve Pulliam, CEO.

“As a local United Way, we suggest that individuals who want to help with hurricane recovery give through other local United Ways, because their boards and other volunteers are in a position to know how best to direct recovery funds in their areas,” added Terry Decker, Board Chair for United Way of Transylvania County.

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.unitedwaytransylvania.org/hurricane-florence-recovery-fund-options.

Donate through UW Worldwide

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.

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 kristen.byorick@uww.unitedway.org to get information on how to wire funds directly to us or make stock donations.

For Assistance

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.

About United Way of Transylvania County

United Way of Transylvania County (UWTC) empowers people to improve their lives.  Goals are for all residents to achieve their full academic potential, maintain a financially stable household, and live a healthy lifestyle.

UWTC has a particular focus on early childhood education, and has established the Early Childhood Education Mobile Unit Fund to drive programs to families with young children in remote and underserved areas of the county.

Contributions support local health and human service initiatives including www.VolunteerTransylvania.org community-wide volunteer opportunity listings, the NC 2-1-1 information and referral service, TRAIN (Transylvania Resource Access and Information Network) non-profit support, Familywize and Coast2Coast prescription discount cards, the Tiny House Initiative for Brevard, and  MyFreeTaxes.com free state and local tax preparation and filing assistance.

United Way of Transylvania County also awards approximately $300,000 annually to local health and human service non-profit programs and collaborative actions. 

UWTC funds programs preventing homelessness, abuse and neglect, and programs providing housing, after-school and summer youth education, health services, financial education and counseling, conflict resolution training, and parenting education and support.

To volunteer or financially support the United Way of Transylvania County, call 828-883-8822, visit the office at 101 W. Jordan Street, #4 (below PNC Bank in downtown Brevard), send US Mail to PO Box 53, Brevard, NC, 28712, or visit www.unitedwaytransylvania.org  or https://www.facebook.com/UnitedwayTC.

GREAT things happen when we LIVE UNITED for our community!     ###