In the wake of Hurricanes Florence and Michael, droves of volunteers and good Samaritans turned out to help. Although the news reports have ended, we know that the need for help goes on for months and years.
Here at Activate Good, we want to give you some ideas to keep the volunteering going.
As Shawn Fredericks wrote in his blog on the 9/11 Day of Service, volunteering is about “building and rebuilding community.” Our community partners have an array of opportunities for you to help make North Carolina’s communities stronger.
Volunteer as an individual, a family, or a group. Come out as little as once a month or as much as daily. Your efforts are valued and will make a difference in the lives of families affected by these disasters.
Let’s explore some ways you can help:
Cape Fear Volunteer Center – Wilmington
The Cape Fear Volunteer Center serves charities around Wilmington. They have a critical need for volunteers to help with ongoing Florence relief efforts. Executive Director, Annie M. Anthony, expects recovery efforts to go on for years.
No matter what your interests are, from animals to seniors to help with basic needs, there is a opportunity for you. You can volunteer daily to just once a month.
If you are interested in helping out, fill out the volunteer interest form on their website. You can also propose a group volunteer project.
Diaper Bank of North Carolina – Durham
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is THE source for diapers after a disaster in North Carolina. They work with state emergency services to get supplies to displaced families. Diapers are not covered by SNAP and 1 in 3 families already find it hard to afford diapers, so recent disasters have multiplied this demand.
Join them for one of their weekly diaper wrapping events or if you like being on the go, volunteer to pick up or distribute diapers. Your efforts help bring dignity to the young and old as well as their families. Learn more and find out how to become a volunteer!
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – Multiple Locations
Help families with their most critical needs by volunteering for the The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. You can volunteer locally in Raleigh and Durham. You can also volunteer in hurricane-affected communities of New Bern and Wilmington.
Join other volunteers to sort food in the warehouse or assist with food pick up. If you enjoy speaking to groups, consider becoming an advocate for the food bank. Find out more information and learn how to volunteer here.
Would you like to volunteer from home or school? SOAR Outreach and Hopeline offer volunteer opportunities to meet your needs.
SOAR Outreach helps helps low-income and homeless students in Wake County. Their mission is both simple and critical. They collect and distribute hygiene kits to provide dignity and confidence to students. With these kits, students are in better health and can focus on achieving in school. You can organize a hygiene drive at your school, church, business, or with your neighbors. Find out more and register to volunteer!
Want to make a difference in the life of someone facing a crisis? Hopeline is looking for caring and compassionate volunteers to become Crisis Hotline Responders. You don’t have to be a licensed counselor. All volunteers receive 40 hours of training before answering phone calls and texts from those in need. After training, you can volunteer in their office or remotely. Learn more and download their application here!
Disasters can leave us feeling hopeless and powerless. But when people volunteer their knowledge and skills to help mitigate a disaster, we can get that power and hope back.