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Hurricane Florence Relief Fund

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Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Hurricane Florence Relief Fund
Photo from Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders
Photo from Fuller Center Disaster Rebuilders

It has been more than a year since Hurricane Florence claimed more than 50 lives and damaged thousands of homes and buildings. News about the recovery process may not make the headlines, but our nonprofit partners are still hard at work, listening to affected communities and meeting the needs of the most vulnerable. 

Here’s how your generosity is making a difference:

Some groups that were left particularly vulnerable after Hurricane Florence include the elderly, individuals with disabilities, and low-income families. Our partner Lutheran Family Services in the Carolinas wants to make sure that everyone has a fair chance at recovery, which is why they have been helping vulnerable survivors move from unsafe living conditions and into temporary housing while waiting for more permanent housing solutions to be found. The organization has used its most recent grant from GlobalGiving to provide temporary shelter assistance to 51 households, consisting of 112 adults and children. Director of Foundation Relations, Melissa Parrish, says this about what your donations have made possible:

“The impact this funding has had on survivors is almost unimaginable. Not only has it assisted in moving them out of terrible situations, such as living in tents, cars or mold-riddled homes, but it has also reminded them that they have not been forgotten.”

Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders is using your donations and the help of volunteers to rebuild homes for low-income families in New Bern, North Carolina. It recognizes that low-income individuals are often the last to gain any sense of normalcy, and recovery often seems like a “distant vision.” It also recognizes the specific risks that the gutted out homes pose to particular groups like the elderly, who deal with heightened trip-and-fall hazards. As a result, the organization recently restored another seven families in need to their sturdy, new homes. To further this process, GlobalGiving made a grant earlier this year to support the organization’s purchase of construction materials to assist families in navigating the rebuilding process.

Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry Inc (WARM) has been hard at work rebuilding six homes for low-income homeowners in three different counties in North Carolina. Not only has the organization worked to make homes livable again by repairing what was damaged by Hurricane Florence, but it has also taken the time to make additional repairs so that homes are safer and more accommodating, including repairs to make homes more accessible to individuals with disabilities and the elderly.

With the giant financial burden of attempting to repair damaged or destroyed housing looming, even more families are unable to replace the household furnishings that made it a true home. Furniture Finders is helping restore comfort and peace of mind by providing much-needed furniture at no cost to those with damaged or destroyed homes. By letting affected individuals select the furnishings they want, Furniture Finders is hoping to restore to survivors a sense of dignity and free up their finances to be used on other essential costs of living. To date, the organization has helped more than 160 families with furnishings and has recently helped renovate apartments for another 100 residents.

Thank you for your incredible support of community-led relief efforts. Your donations have made it possible for vulnerable communities to receive the care and support they deserve. We look forward to sharing more on how our partners are working toward long-term recovery in the future.

Warmly,

Claire + the GlobalGiving team

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Photo courtesy of Jake's Diapers
Photo courtesy of Jake's Diapers

Though it has nearly been a year since Hurricane Florence’s initial impact, communities are still struggling to return to a sense of normalcy. From rebuilding homes to keeping babies happy and healthy, your donations are helping to accelerate community-led recovery in areas that need it most. Here are highlights from just a few of our partner organizations that have been directly involved in serving those impacted communities for the last year.

Five days after Hurricane Florence devastated thousands of homes in North Carolina in the fall of 2018, All Hands and Hearts mobilized to help families begin the home repair and rebuilding process. Project Leader Julieann Jones says, “By providing our compassionate volunteers with the tools, training, and direct community links that make this work so meaningful, we foster a process that not only rebuilds structures but also hope for those that need it the most.”  

In New Bern, North Carolina, more than 4,300 homes were damaged by the storm. One major area of concern for All Hands and Hearts was helping families recover their homes using resilient materials in case of another flood event.  To address this concern, All Hands and Hearts uses styrofoam insulation as a water-resistant alternative to traditional insulation materials. Since March of 2019, the organization has worked on 168 homes, ultimately helping nearly 500 individuals in the process.

Another GlobalGiving partner works with local community providers to serve the 44% of families in Lumberton, North Carolina, that live below the poverty line. Due to limited resources, these families face unique obstacles in recovering from Hurricane Florence, many of which are related to immediate health and hygiene needs. During the month following the storm, Jake’s Diapers responded by sending community providers more than 45,000 hygiene products that were then distributed to 4,000 people. Currently, Jake’s Diapers is helping community partners leverage their funds to serve babies and their families in other ways, such as through improved food quality or through offering better healthcare. 

Citizens of Carteret County, North Carolina were also heavily impacted by Hurricane Florence. More than 60% of the county experienced damage from the storm. The recovery process for impacted families is expected to last up to five years and has caused many to experience homelessness for the first time. For families who were fortunate enough to have a home post-storm, most used all of their resources on repairs or on a new house itself, leaving them with no funds to furnish the space. One of our local partners, Carteret Warriors for Recovery (CWR), was organized in 2018 in response to Hurricane Florence and works to provide furnishings such as mattress sets, dining tables, dressers, and more to storm-impacted families. CWR has currently served nearly 450 families and expects the number of families served to double in the coming years. 

Thanks to the generosity of GlobalGivers, nearly $800,000 has been raised by more than 2,500 committed donors. In the upcoming months, we'll be sharing more progress reports regarding relief for those affected by Hurricane Florence to illustrate how your donations are helping to provide relief for the most vulnerable populations.

With Gratitude,

Claire Hilton + the GlobalGiving team

Photo courtesy of All Hands and Hearts
Photo courtesy of All Hands and Hearts
Photo courtesy of Carteret Warriors for Recovery
Photo courtesy of Carteret Warriors for Recovery
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Photo from Green Lamp

The impact of Hurricane Florence and its catastrophic flooding is still being felt throughout the Carolinas, where thousands of individuals and families remain in temporary housing seven months after the storm made landfall. Our nonprofit partners, with the generous support of donors like you who've raised more than $775,000 for community-led disaster response, have been hard at work helping hurricane-affected residents recover and rebuild.

Here's a look at the work your donation is helping make possible in the Carolinas:

  • Greene Lamp is assisting 100 low-income families from eastern North Carolina whose homes were destroyed or had damage severe enough to force them to relocate by covering relocation expenses, rent, utilities, energy efficient appliances, and food. They're also stocking libraries in schools in Duplin, Jones, and Onslow counties with laptops, tablets, and new books.
  • Instead of simply distributing donated furniture, Furniture Finders is providing individuals and families with a selection of furniture to choose from to replace what was lost to the storm, with the aim of preserving dignity and helping make their houses feel like homes again.
  • Lutheran Services Carolinas has focused their recovery efforts on the most vulnerable of individuals and families displaced from their homes by Florence. In particular, they assist those who are elderly, living with disabilities, and low-income, with temporary housing assistance until more permanent housing can be secured.
  • Fuller Center Disaster ReBuilders are organizing volunteers and supplying construction materials for families with flood-damaged homes in New Bern—one of the communities hardest hit by Florence—with a special focus on uninsured, low-income households.
  • Carteret Warriors for Recovery and the Green Chair Project are helping families in eastern North Carolina replace damaged household furnishings, including mattresses, dining tables, living room furniture, dressers, linens, and kitchenware.
  • The Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry is assisting six low-income households in their community rebuild and recover. Their volunteer construction teams are repairing and replacing roofs, windows, doors, siding, and making any other repairs that are needed.

Thank you again for making the smart decision to donate cash after the storm, and for choosing to support community-led disaster recovery efforts through our Hurricane Florence Relief Fund. To learn more about our unique approach to disaster recovery, visit the Disaster Recovery Network at GlobalGiving.

 

With gratitude,
Will + the GlobalGiving Team

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Photo from NCMVHOF

When Hurricane Florence came ashore near Wrightsville Beach, North Carolina on the morning of September 14, the storm's heavy rains, winds, and six-foot storm surge caused widespread flooding, power outages, billions in damage to homes and buildings, and claimed more than 50 lives. Florence then stalled out over the Carolinas, dumping record-breaking rainfall—more than 30 inches in some locations—across the region.

Our community-led nonprofit partners have been on the ground in the Carolinas since Florence made landfall, and with support from more than 1,400 generous donors like you who've raised $337,959 to fund relief efforts, they've been working with community members to help them recover and rebuild.

I'd like to highlight the work of one of our partners in particular—the volunteer disaster response team from the North Carolina Military Veterans Hall of Fame.

Their teams of veterans fielded thousands of calls from stranded residents in Wilmington and New Bern, North Carolina, contending with widespread power outages and limited food supplies. They navigated dangerous conditions in rafts during rescue missions because motorized boats pose a risk to people who might be awash in strong currents.

As the rescue calls slowed, their team began clearing fallen trees and other debris from roadways and assisting in the distribution of food and clothing to evacuees. And as conditions improved, they began going door-to-door in flood-ravaged neighborhoods, helping homeowners and local businesses remove debris and clean up so that contractors could get to work on repairs.

Thank you for generously supporting community-led relief efforts assisting people impacted by Hurricane Florence. We'll be sharing further updates in the months to come about the progress our nonprofit partners are making toward a full recovery for the Carolinas.

Warmly,
Will Frechette + the GlobalGiving Team

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