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If You or Someone You Know Needs Assistance

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. The service is available in 180 languages 24/7 by simply dialing 2-1-1 or visiting 211.org.

Individuals who need assistance ahead of, during, and 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 many languages, that provides information to individuals seeking community resources like shelter, food and water, recovery support, and other basic needs, before, during and after disasters. More information about 2-1-1 can be found at 211.org.

Hurricane Florence information and updates are now also available by texting FLORENCE to 898-211.


The United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund

United Way 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 our 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.

Here's how you can help

The United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund helps local United Ways meet storm-related needs and supports mid- and long-term recovery efforts throughout the affected regions. 100% of individual donations to will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.


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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 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.

Click to see all the local funds.


  • Why have we established this fund?

    It’s part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding, a role we play 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.

    We are marking the one-year anniversaries of hurricanes Harvey, Maria, and Irma and the earthquakes in Mexico this month. In the past few months alone, our communities across the world have experienced tornados, unforeseen volcanic disasters in Hawaii and Guatemala, devasting wildfires in California, and more recently typhoon disasters and flash floods in Japan and India. Click here for examples of our work.

  • How can I donate items / clothes / supplies?

    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.

  • How do I volunteer in the affected area?

    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.

  • How can I send a donation check or wire transfer?

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