How to Help: Disaster Recovery Efforts
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 Shawna Mosley-Foster.
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 Waccamaw Community Foundation.)
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
You can open your home to disaster victims through Airbnb’s Disaster Response Program.
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.”
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 WCF
The Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce in partnership with WCF administers the “Help The Grand Strand” disaster recovery fund to provide relief and recovery support for the local community.
Money raised does not go directly to individuals, but is granted to local nonprofit agencies providing specific human relief needs for local citizens.
The fund accepts donations year-round. The funds collected for the “Help The Grand Strand” disaster recovery fund will be used for human services that may be unmet, enabling the residents of the entire Grand Strand area to recover as quickly as possible if and when disaster strikes.
You may also designate a donation to the Georgetown County Disaster Relief Fund which provides support specifically for Georgetown and Williamsburg Counties. This fund was created as part of The Emergency Operations Plan among partner organizations Waccamaw Community Foundation, Black River United Way, Salvation Army of Georgetown County, and Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD). Its purpose is to aggregate giving within the local community and administer grants to local nonprofit agencies providing specific human relief needs for local citizens.
Enter your information below to give directly to one of these funds.
You may select “Other” in the Designation drop-down menu and designate a specific disaster and your donation will be allocated accordingly.
Our main responsibility is to support our service region of Horry and Georgetown Counties. Beaufort, Berkeley, Charleston, Colleton, Dorchester, Hampton and Jasper Counties are also supported, via our affiliate organization, the Coastal 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.