Ways to Help

During times of disaster we all want to help our neighbors in need, and Hurricane Matthew is no exception. United Way of North Carolina has compiled the following information about ways to help our NC neighbors who’ve been affected by Hurricane Matthew and the flooding in the eastern part of our state.

If you want to donate clothing, food and other items, please do not dial 2-1-1 for this information but instead use the information below or contact your local United Way or another agency that is providing relief. 

Financial Donations

UW Helps NC Fund

UW Helps NC Fund has been established to help United Way respond to immediate storm and flooding relief requests by organizations in affected communities and to continue to meet needs as they unfold throughout the coming weeks. Donations can be made by texting UWHELPSNC to 41444 or online at unitedwaync.org/donate. Donors have the option to designate their donation to directly support a United Way serving a county affected by flooding or to designate their donation to be used where it is most needed. To learn more about what United Way is doing in affected communities, click here.

FEMA News Graphic

Governor's Disaster Relief Fund

The Governor has activated the NC Disaster Relief Fund to support long-term recovery efforts by NC VOAD members. Interested individuals and organizations can visit www.ncdisasterrelief.org or text NCRECOVERS to 30306 to make a donation. The Fund financially supports long-term recovery efforts performed by NC VOAD members by providing grants which can be used by member organizations to purchase building materials needed to clean, repair and/or build homes that have been damaged and/or destroyed by Hurricane Matthew.

Donations to Organizations Providing Relief in Affected Communities

Donations may be made to NC Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) members who are providing relief efforts and assisting with long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. To view a list of NC VOAD members, visit www.ncvoad.org/NCVOADmembership and contact the agency directly to learn more about their Hurricane Matthew relief efforts.

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer opportunities are posted on the NC VOAD website at www.ncvoad.org/cms/opportunities. Individuals, groups and organizations interested in volunteer opportunities may also click the Membership tab to contact individual member organizations to find out about their current volunteer needs.

To register a group for crisis clean-up, visit Crisis Clean Up at www.crisiscleanup.org. Groups must have a recommendation from an NC VOAD organization before registering.

Food, Clothing, Personal Hygiene, and Clean-up Supply Donations 

Clothing donations are discouraged at this time. Emergency services agencies have learned from previous disasters that large numbers of clothing donations in the early days of a disaster can overwhelm a relief effort due to the time and manpower needed to sort and warehouse clothing.

Rather than clothing, individuals and organizations are asked to donate non-perishable food, personal hygiene kits (e.g. face cloths, towels, soap, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes) and clean-up kits (e.g. buckets, bleach, detergent, mops, brooms, sponges, towels). NC Voluntary Organizations Aiding in Disaster (VOAD) members have asked that anyone wishing to host a collection drive please contact the agency you plan to donate to before beginning the drive to learn more about the specific needs of the area they are serving. This is especially critical if you are collecting clean-up items as different situations require different cleaning mixtures and recipes.  

See the graphic to the right for information about the most needed food, hygiene, and clean-up items. 

Graphic courtesy Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, used with permission.