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How to Help: Disaster Relief and Recovery


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)

Community Foundation of Sarasota County

Community Foundation of Tampa Bay

Florida Bar Foundation

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

Donate Blood

Volunteer

Offer Housing

Additional Resources 

  • GuideStar USA has a list to help people choose where to donate.
  • Charity Navigator has compiled a list of highly-rated charities. The list includes both national and local organizations that provide food, shelter, and medical support.
  • GlobalGiving, which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, takes an active role in disaster relief. Funds are used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy says its strategy emphasizes “investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may be yet to emerge.”
  • Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief
  • Samaritan’s Purse
  • First Response Team of America fills the gap between the onset of a disaster and the arrival of traditional relief agencies, when communities must fend for themselves because the resources necessary for rescue and recovery‚ equipment, tools and personnel‚ are damaged, inaccessible or unavailable.

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.

  • Donate Online 
    Enter your information below to give directly to the CCF Disaster Relief Fund.
    In the “comments” section you may designate a specific disaster and your donation will be allocated accordingly.

 

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.

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