CHARLOTTE (FOX 46 WJZY) - Florence — which began as a powerful Category 4 hurricane — continues to devastate communities.
If you’re looking to make a difference, here’s how you can help those impacted by the storm.
FEMA says cash donations offer the most flexibility for charities and nonprofits to address urgent needs. People are urged to not donate unsolicited goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine or perishable foodstuffs at this time to avoid drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation and warehouse space.
Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations planning to respond in the aftermath of Tropical Storm Florence. These organizations will provide assistance to the communities affected by the storm.
General Aid and Relief
- World Relief
- Friends of Disabled Adults and Children
- All Hands and Hearts Smart Response
- United Way Worldwide
- United Methodist Committee on Relief
- Giving Children Hope
- Samaritan's Purse
- International Relief Teams
- American Kidney Fund
- The Zakat Foundation of America
- CDC Foundation
Financial Aid for Families
- Army Emergency Relief
- Air Force Aid Society
- Rural Advancement Foundation International-USA
- Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society
Food and Hunger Relief
- Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
- Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
- Harvest Hope Food Bank
Housing and Shelter
UPDATE: American Humane’s team of first responders coordinated an evacuation of 72 cats out of the path of #HurricaneFlorence. Our teams are ready to help the millions of animals still at risk. Please make an emergency gift today. https://t.co/Nm7rq9mvxp pic.twitter.com/be3DGme1ad— American Humane (@AmericanHumane) September 12, 2018
Those interested in donating can also support the official GoFundMe Hurricane Florence Relief fund here. GoFundMe has also curated a hub that includes verified campaigns and individual fundraisers for victims.
#HurricaneFlorence is making its way toward the coast & those in its path are making preparations for potentially catastrophic rain. In anticipation of this historic storm, we've created a centralized hub for the verified GoFundMes helping those impacted. https://t.co/vsG5q76HKj— GoFundMe (@gofundme) September 13, 2018
FEMA urges those wishing to volunteer to not self-deploy, as it could negatively impact first responders and their missions. Potential volunteers are asked to register with a voluntary or charitable organization. FEMA also notes that there will be volunteer needs for many months after the disaster, so those wishing to help should sign up now.