Community Responds to Help Those Affected by the Hurricane
When Hurricane Florence hit the Carolina coast in September, thousands of residents were forced to flee the dangerous storm and were left with the daunting task of rebuilding. Foundation For The Carolinas created the Hurricane Florence Response Fund to offer relief to those in greatest need.
Generous donors in our region and beyond rallied to raise money for the fund. From the $1 million gift from Michael Jordan to the $75 gift from a Brooklyn, N.Y., bake sale – and everything in between – the community came together to help those affected by the disaster. Even local retailers and restaurants did their part by hosting fundraisers and holding auctions to support the fund.
FFTC recently announced the first set of grants from the Hurricane Florence Response Fund. Based on conversations with organizations on the ground, the most pressing and immediate need – due to the depletion of already strained resources – is food and water. Accordingly, the first $200,000 of grants were given to combat food scarcity in the hardest hit areas of the Carolinas.
The initial set of grants were awarded to: Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (Fayetteville, NC), Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh), Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City, NC), Lowcountry Food Bank (North Charleston, SC) and Harvest Hope Food Bank (Florence, SC).
Grant applications are still being reviewed and additional grants will be awarded soon. At this time, the grants committee is considering programs focused on relief, recovery and rebuilding in areas of the Carolinas impacted by the storm. Grants will also be given to address longer-term needs – details regarding such grant opportunities will be shared soon.
You can continue to support future grants by donating to the Hurricane Florence Response Fund today.