Hurricane Matthew Volunteer Opportunities

Hurricane Matthew made landfall in North Carolina on October 8, 2016 as a Category 1 storm, causing catastrophic damage and killing 28 people. Due to its inland storm track, Matthew caused extensive damage and ultimately 45 counties received a federal disaster declaration for Individual Assistance. 28 different volunteer organizations assisted during early response phase. Volunteer organizations estimated that repair and rebuilding homes with insufficient insurance, homeowner assets, and government loans and grants would take four years. Due to resource demands of subsequent hurricanes Florence, Dorian, and Isaias, the work remains uncompleted.

You may view the opportunities below by county or volunteer agency.

Opportunities by Location Opportunities by Agency
Brunswick County (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) Rebuilding Together Pitt County
New Hanover County (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)
Pender County (Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry) American Red Cross
Pitt County (Rebuilding Together Pitt County)  
All North Carolina (American Red Cross)  

 

Organization Rebuilding Together Pitt County
Hurricane Matthew: Pitt County Flooding
Contact Timothy Andrews
Telephone 252-814-0600
Email commpartnercoordinator.rtpc@gmail.com
Skills Construction, landscaping *NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY, WILL TRAIN ON SITE*
Preferred term Daytime
Location Pitt County, NC
Meals Provided
Tools Basic hand tools, saws *Can bring own tools if desired (mark them appropriately)*

 

Organization Wilmington Area Rebuilding Ministry (WARM)
Hurricane Florence: Brunswick County Rebuilds
Contact Lindsay Miles
Telephone 910-399-7563
Website https://www.warmnc.org
Email LindsayMiles@warmnc.org
Skills No skills required. Our construction staff will train and supervise.
Preferred Term Monday-Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Location Brunswick County
Housing Not provided
Meals Not provided
Tools WARM provides all tools and materials
Hurricane Florence: New Hanover County Rebuilds
Contact Lindsay Miles
Telephone 910-399-7563
Website https://www.warmnc.org
Email LindsayMiles@warmnc.org
Skills No skills required. Our construction staff will train and supervise.
Preferred Term Monday-Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Location New Hanover County
Housing Not provided
Meals Not provided
Tools WARM provides all tools and materials
Hurricane Florence: Pender County Rebuilds
Contact Lindsay Miles
Telephone 910-399-7563
Website https://www.warmnc.org
Email LindsayMiles@warmnc.org
Skills No skills required. Our construction staff will train and supervise.
Preferred Term Monday-Saturday from 9am to 3pm
Location Pender County
Housing Not provided
Meals Not provided
Tools WARM provides all tools and materials

 

Organization American Red Cross
Contact Your local Red Cross chapter
Website www.redcross.org
Skills You don’t need special skills to be a volunteer. We’ll train you. Many volunteers bring skills from work or personal experience, but others choose to work in completely unrelated fields. We have volunteer openings for people of all skills and abilities.
Opportunities Volunteer Management: Assist with volunteer recruitment, placement, record keeping and recognition.
Disaster Services: Provide food, shelter, comfort and home for families affected by major disasters such as fire, hurricanes and tornadoes.
Disaster Action Team: Volunteers need to respond to single-family fires with a disaster action team supervisor.
Disaster Preparedness Presenter: Educate individuals and groups on how to be prepared before a disaster occurs.
Public Affairs: During disasters, tell the Red Cross story to your community.
Other The Red Cross responds to approximately 70,000 disasters in the United States every year, ranging from home fires that affect a single family to hurricanes that affect tens of thousands, to earthquakes that impact millions. In these events, the Red Cross provides shelter, food; health and mental health services to help families and entire communities get back on their feet. Although the Red Cross is not a government agency, it is an essential part of the response when disaster strikes. We work in partnership with other agencies and organizations that provide services to disaster victims.