9 ways you can help Hurricane Florence victims in the Carolinas today

Members of the North Carolina Task Force urban search and rescue team wade through a flooded neighborhood looking for residents who stayed behind as Florence continues to dump heavy rain in Fayetteville, N.C., Sunday, Sept. 16, 2018. Photo by David Goldman/AP.

Hurricane Florence made landfall Sept. 14 on the North Carolina coast as a Category 1 hurricane. As of Monday, Charlotte officials received more than 500 calls for fallen trees and Florence’s death toll reached 32 across North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia.

Thousands of victims have also been displaced to shelters during the storm and its aftermath. Many charities and organizations are seeking help and financial donations for recovery relief and community rebuilding. Here are ways you can help in the Carolinas, today:

(1) SBP (St. Bernard Project)

SBP is a national disaster resilience and recovery non-profit organization. Founded after Hurricane Katrina, they offer assistance to victims through their five step plan: rebuild, share, educate, advise, advocate. As an initial response, SBP plans to send teams to North Carolina and South Carolina “to do mucking, gutting and mold remediation work where needed,” according to the website. Find resource guides and donate online here.

(2) SouthPark Mall 

SouthPark Mall is being used as a drop-off donation center for Operation North State‘s hurricane donation drive for those affected in the community and surrounding areas. Donated goods (including water, canned goods and pet foods) will be accepted through Monday, Sept. 24 at SouthPark Guest Services (4400 Sharon Road) and monetary donations can also be made here.

(3) The American Red Cross 

The American Red Cross is responding across multiple states to provide shelter, relief support and supplies, meals and more for victims affected by the hurricane. Sign up to volunteer or donate online here.

(4) Global Giving — Disaster Recovery Network

The Disaster Recovery Network at Global Giving has set a $5,000,000 goal of collecting donations to support Hurricane Florence immediate relief efforts and long-term recovery aid to victims if necessary. Donate online here.

(5) Humane Society of Charlotte

The Humane Society of Charlotte has taken in animals across the Carolinas displaced by the storm and is asking for donations to help the animals in their shelter and those in need. Donations to the shelter can be made online here.

(6) GoFundMe

GoFundMe has partnered with state and local officials to get donations out as soon as possible. Multiple online campaigns have been set up but the GFM team says they are working to ensure that funds will get to those who need it most. Donate to one of the verified campaigns here.

(7) North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund 

This is the state’s main recovery fund for recovery relief and any unmet needs of hurricane victims. Donate online or register to volunteer here. You can also donate by texting FLORENCE to 20222. The website specifies a need for cash donations, which support the local economy by letting organizations buy local materials themselves.

(8) Facebook 

With Facebook‘s “Safety Check” feature and Crisis Response page, you can “mark” yourself safe through a post. You can also find help or give to other online users around the east coast or in your local area. Those seeking help are requesting shelter, food, rebuilding assistance and more. Check it out here.

(9) United Way 

United Way is working to support affected areas through mid- and long-term recovery efforts. Donations can be made online here to the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund and will be distributed to local United Way branches in affected communities. United Way’s 2-1-1 free hotline is also providing information about community resources. Dial “2-1-1” or visit here.

You can also check out other organizations and charities seeking volunteer assistance and donations at Charity Navigator. 


  1. Another great way is Samaritan’s purse who is providing support in multiple Cities in NC. You can donate money or even sign up as a volunteer.


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