As North Carolina continues to feel the impacts of Hurricane Florence and our communities slowly work to survey the damage and take inventory of what they need, YES! wanted to provide a space for information about what we are hearing from our partners on the ground across North Carolina. Below is information on where to donate money, supplies, and information about talking to young people after disasters.
WHERE TO DONATE MONEY
- About NC Hurricane Florence Frontline Fund host organization – Blueprint has been supporting Eastern NC leaders to build a regional table that centers black and working class people. With Florence’s devastating impact, Blueprint and ENC partners, community members and leaders will need help meeting basic necessities like food, water and shelter. This fund will support groups that do not have the capacity to receive online donations, but who are already providing leadership and offering direct services to those bearing the brunt of economic and environmental devastation in the region.
- Men and Women United for Youth and Families provides economic and climate justice training for rural, low income communities and communities of color in Bladen, New Hanover and Columbus counties (in the area around Wilmington, NC). They are now distributing supplies to families in the area.
- Kinston Teens the only youth-led organization in Lenoir County, empowering young people through service, leadership and civic engagement. They are actively working with the City of Kinston to support Hurricane Relief efforts.
- ColorFest Hurricane Florence Relief Fund 100% of all proceeds go directly to communities that were affected in New Bern, NC.
- Little Bud Thorbs Economic Development Association focuses on economic development and youth building skills programs for disadvantage low income households in the area and surrounding communities (Grifton and Kinston, NC). Donations and supply drop-off can be sent to 1911 Andrew Johnson Drive Kinston, NC 28501.
- Support the Port in Wilmington, NC aims to enhance, cultivate and provide a renewed sense of community ownership and excellence for underserved communities. Through the arts, philanthropy and scholarship, Support The Port Foundation, Inc. will increase self-ability, and foster a nonviolent environment where excellence in these three realms are celebrated and expanded.
- The Downeast Coal Ash Coalition in Goldsboro, NC organizes community members who have been impacted by coal ash pollution; this area is at now at high risk of toxic contamination from flooding of the large coal ash impoundments in the area. Send donations to the Rebuilding Broken Places, CDC.
- Sacred Pathways is an indigenous organization in Pembroke, NC, focusing on emergency response and food distribution for the area. This region (Robeson County) was severely flooded during Hurricane Matthew 2 years ago, and continues to face ongoing environmental injustices such as the Atlantic Coast Pipeline and a proposed LNG station. Give online by going to https://www.facebook.com/SacredPathway or http://serve.uncp.edu/agency/detail/?agency_id=18937
- The NC Environmental Justice Network supports the communities that are most impacted by environmental injustice and has worked for 20 years to change the fact that industrial swine facilities in NC are allowed to pollute low-income communities and communities of color. Many members of NCEJN are now facing the threat of contamination from the flooding of massive hog waste stored in open pits.
- Black Workers for Justice BWFJ is an organization of Black workers formed in December of 1982 out of a struggle led by Black women workers at a K-mart store in Rocky Mount, North Carolina against race and gender discrimination.
- FLOC FLOC organizes hundreds of new members each year, trains and educates thousands of farmworkers on their labor rights, resolve countless grievances on farms throughout Ohio and North Carolina, forms new community organizing committees, and expands the campaign to press tobacco companies to respect freedom of association.
The majority of this list was curated by A Just Florence Recovery, visit their website for more information regarding donations, supplies, drop-off locations and more.
Drop-off Location: YES! Office inside the NC Rural Center: 4021 Carya Drive Raleigh NC 27610
Please drop-off supplies: Monday – Thursday between 10:00am – 4:00pm
Columbus County Storm Relief (Men and Women United – YES! Youth Network Partner)
- Gift Cards (Visa, WalMart)
- Flashlights and Batteries
- Baby Wipes
- Hand Towels
- Bottled Water/Gatorade
- Yard Rakes
- Heavy Duty Trash Bags
- Toiletry Items
- Nonperishable Foods
- Cleaning Supplies
- First Aid Kits
- Gift cards
- School supplies
Lenoir County (Kinston Teens – YES! Youth Network Partner)
- Volunteers – If you’re in the vicinity and able to work with us or one of our community partners on-the-ground, we would really appreciate it! However, please prioritize YOUR safety.
- Sandbags – The City of Greenville (NC) has already partnered with us to transport any unneeded sandbags from their community to Kinston.
- Gift cards – Following Hurricane Matthew, we were able to provide gift cards ($10-100) to displaced residents to help them with food, clothing, etc. — anything needed to help them get back on their feet. If you can help us with getting gift cards (Visa, or to stores in Kinston such as Walmart, Food Lion, and Lowe’s) that would be GREAT.
- Cleaning Supplies – We want to be able to help with cleanup efforts this week from any flash flooding that occurred during the Hurricane, and then in the weeks to come once the river flooding recedes. Things that will help with this include rakes, brooms, Clorox/bleach, and industrial trash bags. Gift cards (to Lowe’s or Walmart) or monetary donations will help with us purchasing these!
- Water & Gatorade – We need to make sure anyone volunteering to serve our community is well hydrated.
Please let them know if you’re able to help in any capacity. Kinston Teens are working with the City of Kinston to make sure that their efforts and resources go to the most needed and impacted areas. If you’re able to financially support these efforts, please use www.kinstonteens.org/donate. Kinston Teens office address is P.O. Box 2625, Kinston, NC 28502.
Talking to young people after a disaster:
Parent Tips for Helping School-Age Children after Disasters
This handout provides parents with common reactions after a disaster, ways to respond to those reactions, and examples of things you can say to your school-age child.
Age-Related Reactions to a Traumatic Event
This handout describes how young children, school-age children, and adolescents react to traumatic events and offers suggestions on how parents and caregivers can help and support them.