Hurricane Florence Recovery – Engagement Opportunities

UUFR members are volunteering their time*, talent, and treasure to two Florence recovery efforts: (1) Shelter Neck UU Camp and (2) A Just Florence Recovery. UUFR will be involved in years to come in various ways. Please join us now to serve immediate needs.

  1. Shelter Neck UU Camp – On Saturday, October 13 and Saturday, October 20, join us at the Shelter Neck UU Camp to assist with basic recovery work and mitigate the flood damage to structures. This historic 118-year old UU camp in Pender County was inundated. With your help, we can restore this meeting place for UUs across the state. Volunteers must be 14 years of age or older.

Fill out this form here to volunteer.

We ask that folks provide their own safety gear – gloves, boots, masks, and work clothes. If you need gloves or masks, indicate that on the sign up form and they will be provided when you arrive.

Also send an email or call Jane Harrison at [email protected] or 614-499-2151 if you plan to join a work day. Jane will coordinate carpools from UUFR. It’s a 1.5 hour drive to the Shelter Neck UU Camp.

  1. A Just Florence Recovery – In the wake of Hurricane Florence, the Durham Solidarity Center, Southern Vision Alliance, Blueprint NC, Environmental Justice Network, Black Workers for Justice, Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), NC Climate Justice Collective, Downhome NC, among other grassroots groups, have partnered to organize distribution centers to bring relief supplies and repair crews to parts of Eastern NC. They are committed to the self-determination of communities most impacted by the devastation of this natural disaster and those directly impacted by the ongoing struggle against environmental racism in the region.

You can volunteer at their supply warehouse in Raleigh or drive supplies out to affected areas. Sign up to volunteer at the warehouse here or drive supplies here. Don’t have time to volunteer, but want to donate? You can drop off supplies at their warehouse at 1401 South Bloodworth Street.

*Don’t have much extra time to spare? Remember to check with your employer about whether they offer leave for community service. State employees for example receive three community service days each year, and received two additional days in 2018 to help with Florence.