NCCF Disaster Relief Fund made $625,000 in Hurricane Florence disaster recovery grants

The North Carolina Community Foundation Disaster Relief Fund made $625,000 in disaster recovery and resiliency grants since March for communities impacted by Hurricane Florence as the Fund wraps up response to this storm.

Grants made were:

Of these grants, $225,000 were made through a participatory grantmaking process in partnership with North Carolina Inclusive Disaster Recovery network, facilitated by Rural Forward NC, a program of the Foundation for Health Leadership and Innovation. This process was open specifically for minority-led organizations, and the decisions were made by people who represent the communities that would benefit from the funding.

The North Carolina Community Foundation is deeply honored to provide this funding to nonprofits leading community recovery as we approach two years since Hurricane Florence, according to Leslie Ann Jackson, NCCF vice president of community investment and engagement. “We’re grateful to these organizations for the incredible work they’re doing to ensure our communities are not forgotten and continue to rebuild with fortitude,” she said.  “As we distribute our remaining dollars in response to Hurricane Florence, these grants reflect the persistent, long-term needs and a focus on resilience and planning.”

Two years after Hurricane Florence, many citizens in the impacted areas still have unmet needs, especially legally, according to Katherine Asaro the Disaster Legal Services program director for the NC Pro Bono Resource Center. “Through our grant from the North Carolina Community Foundation, we are able to match pro bono attorneys to help people in situations where they may be unable to afford legal assistance or are not eligible for legal aid for a variety of reasons,” she said. “It is an honor and privilege to help people in these situations and NCCF helped make that possible.”

In many communities, residents still feel disenfranchised and marginalized by government and support agency processes, according to Randolph Keaton, executive director of Men and Women United for Youth & Families. “In our case management model, we have been able to address the holistic needs of the family,” he said. “With our resource partners, we continue to refer for employment opportunities, education and skills training, mental health services and strengthening families counseling.”

It’s especially important to reflect on community recovery as we enter another hurricane season, according to Rod Martin, NCCF board chair. “Our communities are still recovering from the last storm, and we know more are coming,” he said. “It’s important we’re ready for relief and recovery and that’s why we’re so grateful to all the generous individuals who have given to support this fund, both in direct response to Hurricane Florence and since then in preparation for the next storm.”