Hurricane Relief Efforts

Campus Hurricane Relief 

  • If you would like to submit something to be posted on this website, please email act@appstate.edu with the header "Hurricane Relief"
  • Homecoming Blood Drive: 1,120 pints of blood were donated by faculty, staff, students, and community members! Thank you, Mountaineers for your commitment to helping others!

Information & Efforts in the Community

On Thursday, September 20th, 2018; members of the ACT Office began meeting with the North Carolina Campus Compact Board to remain up to date on the needs of those affected by Hurricane Florence. The purpose of the NCCC meetings is to gain an accurate understanding of the actual service and philanthropic needs of the affected communities. Below are resources that were recommended by representatives from univiersities in those affected areas. If you are interested in volunteering or supporting hurricane survivors, please prioritize the resources listed below. Thank you for seeking out ways to rebuild and strengthen our community!

As of Monday, October 8th, Governor Roy Cooper has begun encouraging state employees to use their Community Service Leave to help with storm recovery efforts across North Carolina. Additionally, 16 hours of Community Service Leave ahs been granted to all permanent state employees. Between October 7th-13th, employees can join other volunteers in a clean up effort in hard hit communities. Visit the VolunteerNC Website to view local service opportunities. 

Volunteer and Fundraising Resources

  • Hurricane Florence Volunteer Agencies

  • Hurricane Florence Monetary Donation Funds

    • United Way of NC - UWHelpsNC link allows individuals to donate directly to Hurrican Florence disaster relief efforts. 

    • UNC Wilmington Relief Fund - Direct link to the UNCW Campus Emergency Fund (Benefits UNCW students and employees who are personally affected by the hurricane.)

    • UNC Pembroke Relief Fund - Direct link to the UNCP Campus Emergency Fund (Benefits UNCP students and employees who are personally affected by the hurricane.)

    • Fayetteville State University Relief Fund - Direct link to the Fayetteville State University Campus Emergency Fund (Benefits Fayettevill State students who are personally affected by the hurricane.)


Greetings Appalachian colleagues (and beyond),

During uncertain times in the wake of tragic events (weather related or not), ACT is approached by individuals (students, colleagues, community members, etc) wanting to know what Appalachian is doing to help and how they can get involved. We wanted to take a moment to share some resources and lessons we’ve learned along the way so you can help guide your students toward some recommended practices for community response to (in this case) natural disasters.

This might seem counter intuitive, but sometimes charitable efforts can add more work for people living through the recovery of natural disasters or other tragedies. The upside is that people are driven by a genuine desire to help and make a positive impact, but the drawback is that often times the 'stuff' donated can hinder rather than help the healing process. We saw this last year during the Texas and Florida hurricanes/floods...warehouses filled with food/clothing/stuffed animals/other items without the personnel or other resources to inventory, organize, and distribute it responsibly and equitably. Organizations also report that they often do not have the capacity to immediately assess and communicate what they need and how people can help because they need time to plan strategically for a long term, sustainable recovery process (personally and professionally).

    Our recommendation is to do some research to identify reputable organizations doing good work, then

reach out and ask what sort of assistance is actually needed (which might take some time) before doing any sort of clothing/supply/food drives and definitely before coordinating a group of volunteers to an impacted area (6 months after Hurricane Harvey, we were still being advised not to send groups of students). There may be a call for volunteers with specialized skills or certifications, but often times untrained (though well meaning) volunteers aren’t as helpful and can create more work for agencies (coordinating service work, helping with housing, orienting them to staff and area, training on service project, answering questions, etc) that should be focusing on the impacted community. Monetary donations are almost always welcome, but be sure to check that the organization you are fundraising for is reputable (Charity Navigator is a good resource) and coordinate with the organization to be sure you are directly donors to the correct link or resource to contribute.

As in the past, ACT has set up a website (https://act.appstate.edu/hurricane-relief) to offer a space to share campus and community events, initiatives & resources. Please let us know who is doing what and who to list as the contact and we are happy to post it as soon as possible (email act@appstate.edu with the header "Hurricane Relief").


More Information

For more information about Appalachian State University's hurricane preparedness plans/response, please refer to:

If you would like to submit something to be posted on this website, please email act@appstate.edu with the header "Hurricane Relief"