Updated 9/14/2017 at 2:30 p.m.
Thankfully the impacts of Hurricane Irma along the coast of SC have been minimal. Our thoughts are with those who have not been so fortunate, and we grieve for the loss of life and livelihood experienced by so many.
We will continue to share ways in which you can help provide relief for those who need it most. We have added links to several Hurricane Irma funds below (FL and Caribbean) in addition to our Hurricane Harvey information. We will add information about organizations working in these regions as we receive it.
The Foundation remains nimble and responsive to our local service area if and when relief is needed. Scroll down this page to learn more about how you can help with disaster relief and recovery.
Current fund holders, if you would like to direct a grant to an affected area, please email Edie Blakeslee.
WAYS TO HELP
You can help by making a donation directly to a service organization or fund in an affected area. (Listing these organizations does not constitute an endorsement by the Coastal Community Foundation of South Carolina.)
Hurricane Irma Relief
The Miami Foundation (several funds, including Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, Irma Community Recovery Fund and The Hurricane Relief Fund)
Southwest Florida Community Foundation (in partnership with United Way) hurricane relief fund
Feeding South Florida (food bank)
Catholic Relief Services (Haiti, Dominican Republic, Cuba, Caribbean Islands)
Florida’s First Coast Relief Fund (a partnership of the United Way, the Community Foundation for Northeast Florida, the Jessie Ball duPont Fund and the Jewish Federation of Jacksonville)
Hurricane Harvey Relief
The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, has established a Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated organizations responding in the aftermath of this storm and providing assistance to the people and communities affected by it.
American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief
The Salvation Army Disaster Relief
Catholic Charities USA Disaster Operations
All Hands Volunteers Hurricane Harvey Response
Helping Through CCF
CCF has an established Disaster Relief Fund for those who prefer to give through us. This fund remains open throughout the year.
For instance, recovery work is still being done in response to the 2015 South Carolina floods and Hurricane Matthew, and this fund is designed to support those efforts.
Our main responsibility is to support our nine-county service region: Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties; and Horry and Georgetown Counties via our affiliate organization, the Waccamaw Community Foundation.
We support disaster response during a storm, and this assistance is critically important in the immediate aftermath of a disaster. In addition, the Foundation helps focus resources on long-term investments such as infrastructure and housing, which are critical needs for the community, especially for rural neighbors, families in poverty and senior citizens.