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United Way is Fighting for Everyone Impacted by Hurricane Florence

Hurricane Florence was 350 miles wide when it struck North Carolina on September 14. In its wake, the massive and violent storm left 50 dead in the Carolinas, damaged hundreds of thousands of homes and killed livestock by the millions. 

United Way Helps Communities Recover from Hurricane Florence

The crisis isn't over. Portions of North Carolina and northern South Carolina are still inaccessible due to unprecedented flooding, and thousands remain stranded in shelters. We created the United Way Hurricane Florence Recovery Fund to support communities impacted by the storm. United Ways in the affected areas will raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate, while the national fund will complement their efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.

United Way and its partners will be there for residents long after the floodwaters recede.

Help Communities Rebuild

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



Give online 

Text to give: Text FLORENCE to 40403.

Mail a donation
United Way Worldwide
P.O. Box 418607
Boston, MA 02241-8607

Please make out checks to United Way Worldwide, and add “Florence” to the memo line. For wire transfers, please contact Jeanette Powell for more information.

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Have a question about the donation process, our online form or method of payment? Please click here. Thank you for your generosity.

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. So far, government officials estimate that between 8,000 to 10,000 homes may have suffered major damage or were destroyed. Many have lost everything they owned. 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.

In the News

Just two weeks after the storm, 100,000 people in North Carolina have already registered for aid with the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA). The requests range from funds to repair storm damage to a home, to money for a hotel room, to the need for a temporary trailer or camper. 

Here's how you can help after Florence
Susan Miller, USA TODAY
After Florence's slow, perilous plod across the Carolinas – dumping torrents of rain that led to devastating floods – charities and aid groups are kicking into high gear. 

A woman on a cellphone calls for help at her flooded residence in Lumberton, N.C., on Sept. 15, 2018, after Florence dumped relentless rain in the state. Members of the Cajun Navy came to her rescue. (Photo: Alex Edelman, AFP/Getty Images)

  • 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.

United Way Worldwide will report the total amount of money raised by the national fund and United Ways in the affected areas on its website (unitedway.org). Distributions also will be tracked and posted online. 
United Way Worldwide meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability spanning Governance, Measuring Effectiveness, Finances and Fundraising. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on Give.org.