As a part of the continuing support for victims of Hurricanes Michael and Florence, United Way of North Carolina has received a generous gift from the Julius Peppers Hurricane Relief Fund through Foundation for the Carolinas. This gift of $100,000 will be used to purchase Walmart gift cards in $50 increments and distributed to United Ways in counties most highly impacted by Hurricane Florence.
The United Way of Moore County received 100 gift cards that will be distributed by the Sandhills Coalition for Human Care who is serving as the case management entity working directly with individuals and families. The cards are for purchases of basic care items, household goods, clothing, and food.
The United Way of Moore County, on behalf of those who benefit from their generosity would like to thank Julius Peppers of the Carolina Panthers, The Foundation for the Carolinas and the Carolina Panthers for this gift.
Additional assistance is ongoing through UWHelpsNC, a statewide fund established during Hurricane Florence. The fund is managed by United Way of North Carolina and is offered to meet "immediate needs" following recent hurricane disasters. The UWHelpsNC Fund is helping United Way of Moore County and other local United Ways with areas impacted by the storms respond to immediate storm and flooding relief requests. Linda Pearson, Executive Director for United Way of Moore County says, those requests are being handled by our local agencies who continue to meet needs as they unfold throughout the weeks since the storms.
United Way of Moore County has received money from the fund earmarked specifically for disaster recovery. “These donations from the fund allow us to help Moore County residents who have residential structural or personal property damage as a result of wind and/or water damage secondary to Hurricane Florence,” says Scot Brooks, Deputy Director of Public Safety for Moore County.
“Working with Public Safety and the Coalition, we are really fortunate that we are able to help people living in our community through this fund. We do ask people to be aware that this is strictly for Moore County residents, preferably those who have made contact with FEMA first,” added Pearson. Other counties impacted are working with their own local United Ways.
In Moore County processing is being handled by the Sandhills Coalition. Eligible individuals/families are asked to visit the Coalition Client Services at 1500 W. Indiana Ave between 8:30-11:00 am Monday through Friday with a valid photo ID and social security card (if available) and identify themselves as a UWHelpsNC referral. Directions, hours, and required documentation is available via the Coalition’s automated service at (910) 693-1600.
Moore County residents who need assistance related to the hurricane can also dial 2-1-1 to reach a trained call specialist who can help them find resources they need. Hundreds of disaster-related calls have already been answered by the 2-1-1 Call Center since the hurricanes. During and after the hurricanes, call specialists have helped people find evacuation routes, food, water and shelter. In Moore County, 2-1-1 is provided by the United Way of Moore County.