United Way Fights for Everyone Impacted by Hurricane Florence
Hurricane Florence was 350 miles wide when it struck North Carolina on September 14, 2018. In its wake, the massive and violent storm left 50 dead in the Carolinas, damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and killed livestock by the millions.
United Way Helps Communities Recover from Hurricane Florence
We created the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support communities impacted by the storm. United Ways in the affected areas raised money locally and responded to emerging needs as appropriate, while the national fund complemented their efforts and provided a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who wanted to impact all affected areas.
United Way and its partners will be there for residents long after the floodwaters recede.
Help Communities Rebuild
The United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund helps local United Ways meet storm-related needs and supports mid- and long-term recovery efforts. 100% of individual donations will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. With your support, we can rebuild communities.
Here's how you can help after Florence
Susan Miller, USA TODAY
After Florence's slow, perilous plod across the Carolinas – dumping torrents of rain that led to devastating floods – charities and aid groups are kicking into high gear.
During a disaster, it is difficult for organizations to accept and distribute collected goods. The best way to support the response and recovery effort is to donate monetarily or to collect gift cards for common retail locations that impacted households can use. At this time, United Ways in the affected areas are not currently accepting donations of items from individuals or groups.
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. United Way is a member of NVOAD. Please do not self-deploy.
In addition to donating through our website, you can also mail checks to our lockbox at the address below, make wire transfers or donate stock.
Donors can send checks to:
United Way Worldwide
P.O. Box 418607
Boston, MA 02241-8607.
Please reference Hurricane Florence in the memo line of the check. Please contact Kristen Byorick at email@example.com to get information on how to wire funds directly to us or make stock donations.
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 also will be tracked and posted online.
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 Give.org.
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