Many of you have reached out to us looking for a way to help the many people and communities affected by Hurricanes Florence and Michael. Thank you for reaching out. We are sharing this special page for you to use as a resource as you consider different ways to give. We also want to caution you, because we have not vetted every charity out there, to do your research and follow your own heart before giving to any organization.
As needs are communicated to us following Hurricane Michael, we will post them here.
We also wanted to share this article from the New York Times, which mentions a site set up by basketball legend Michael Jordan, who is from the affected area.
As you know, we have many fellow Civitans in the area who are, no doubt doing their part to bring relief to families in need. In New Bern, the Religious Community Services (RCS) has been designated, along with the Salvation Army, as the emergency needs coordination agency. RCS is only assisting Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties – 3 of the over 85 counties (out of a total 100 counties state-wide) impacted by this storm.
As we get more information on ways to help, we will update this page and share on our social media platforms. Thank you for your service to Civitan and your service to families in need during this time.
This letter is specific to Civitans in NC who want to help the Boys and Girls Home
Boys and Girls Home of Lake Waccamaw Needs NCDW’s HELP after Hurricane Florence
We are continuing to assess the damage sustained on campus to our buildings and other properties at Boys and Girls Homes. Our current best estimate of losses not covered by insurance exceeds $80,000, but we anticipate this figure will climb. This significantly impacts our resources on campus. Our number one need is to cover the expenses we are incurring as a result of Hurricane Florence.
If your members and clubs are more inclined to help with in-kind donations, we have several needs. For instance, we lost electricity and generator power to our frozen and refrigerated food. All of this food needs to be replaced. Our current in-kind needs include:
- #10 cans of food
- Housekeeping/cleaning supplies
- Brooms and mops
- Paper towels and cleaning cloths
- Bedding (sheets, pillows, blankets)
- Personal toiletries
Our civic club cottages escaped major damage, but we saw shingles blown off, water damage, and damaged ceiling tiles in many of our buildings. The Lang building, home of the J. Scott Johnson Vocational Program at Thomas Academy, suffered significant roof damage. Serious water damage was suffered by the Leamon Rogers Memorial Chapel.
We are placing updated information on our website: http://www.boysandgirlshomes.org/hurricaneflorence.
I’ve placed the latest update below.
Due to safety issues on campus, we are not ready for volunteers to come to B&GH right now. As we continue to assess our situation, we will find ways in the future for volunteers to help us meet our needs.
Thanks you for your continued prayers and support. Please feel free to call me if you have a question or would like to help.
Mud Out, Tear Out Teams Are Needed Following Hurricane Florence
There are thousands of homes in Eastern NC that were affected by Hurricane Florence. We need you and your church or civic group to come and help people do mud outs and tear outs of homes that were flooded. We have 15 different sites that are coordinating these efforts. You do not need to be trained to help. Please sign up on the link below and come and help hurting people.