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Help for North Carolina

Help for North Carolina

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The devastation and heartbreak Hurricane Florence has brought to North Carolina is hard to comprehend. Even now as the storm leaves our state, North Carolina families are facing flood waters, struggling to find food and clean water, and anxiously wondering when they can return home.

Every single day MomsRising is proud that our more than 42,000 North Carolina members come from all 100 counties and every corner of the state, but today our hearts are breaking with all of those whose lives have been upended.

With the help of our partners and various elected officials, we’ve pulled together the resources below both for those directly affected by Florence and for those who want to help in this tragedy and the recovery that will follow.

We also know that voting is going to be harder this cycle for displaced communities, but it's especially important to make sure your voices are heard on those making recovery decisions. Be sure to read all the way to the bottom for information on voting and how to get an absentee ballot. 

Resources for those directly affected

Ways to help

Many groups are mobilizing to meet the needs of affected communities. A few to consider:

  • NC Hurricane Florence Frontline Fund: Blueprint, a NC-based nonprofit, has been supporting Eastern NC leaders to build a regional table that centers black and working class people. This fund will support on-the-ground groups that do not have the capacity to receive online donations, but who are already providing leadership and offering direct services to those bearing the brunt of economic and environmental devastation in the region. 
  • A Just Florence Recovery: A continuously updated resource with information on donations and drop off locations, community distribution centers, and more.
  • Local initiatives: Many local community initiatives are underway to benefit individual affected communities. To find out more, visit this blog from our partners at Youth Empowered Solutions (YES!) 
  • NC Diaper Bank: The NC Diaper Bank is collecting diapers, feminine hygiene products, and adult incontinence supplies. You can support their efforts by giving online, dropping off donations, volunteering to package kits, or donating from their Amazon wish list. 
  • Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina: The Food Bank is mobilizing to provide emergency food, water, and supplies. Visit their webpage for information on donating online, dropping off donations, and for a list of needed supplies.
  • North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund: This is the official state recovery fund. Secure donations can be made online or by check through the Governor’s office. The Governor’s office is also offering NC residents a chance to volunteer their time and skills in the aftermath of the storm. Complete this survey:

Your voice is powerful

Far too many families are displaced and will be in the weeks and months ahead. Especially in these uncertain times, every one's voice is still powerful and needed. Local, state, and federal elected officials will be making the decisions about the support impacted communities need to recover, and your voice must be heard in choosing who those people will be. If you are displaced, you can still vote via absentee ballot. Request one here. 

As our partners at the NAACP shared, according to the NC State Board of Elections:  

Any registered North Carolina voter may request an absentee ballot by mail. No excuse is needed to vote by absentee. To request an absentee ballot, complete the North Carolina Absentee Ballot Request Form. The Absentee Ballot Request Form may only be signed by the voter or a voter’s near relative or legal guardian. According to the law, a "near relative" can be any of the following: spouse, sibling, parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, mother-in-law, father-in-law, daughter-in-law, son-in-law, stepparent, or stepchild of the voter. A completed Absentee Ballot Request Form may be scanned and emailed, faxed, or mailed to the county board of elections.”

Anyone not registered to vote at their current address may send in their updated voter registration form along with the absentee ballot application, but that must be done by Friday, October 12th, the last day to register by mail to vote in the November 6th election this year. 2016 showed us that Hurricane Matthew impacted voter participation in flood-affected areas. We can’t let that happen again. Your voice is too important. Don’t forget to request your absentee ballot here

In good times and in bad, we are all more powerful together. Our hearts are with our affected MomsRising members, their families, their neighbors, and communities, and we urge all of our members to support the recovery efforts in whatever ways you can. North Carolina will get through this together.

Help make sure these resources and ways to help get in the hands of those who need them by sharing widely. We will continue to update these resources in the days and weeks ahead.


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