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Carolinas Foundation: Disaster Relief Aid updates on Harvey and Irma

Monday, September 11, 2017   (0 Comments)
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Posted 9/11/17 4:04 p.m.
Updated 9/13/17 2:00 p.m.

Carolinas Foundation surpasses $5K donation match for Harvey, opens gift match for Irma relief

Will Dickey/The Florida Times-Union via AP
Urban Flood Water Rescue Team 2, with the Jacksonville Fire and Rescue Department, makes its way along San Marco Boulevard on the Southbank of downtown as Hurricane Irma passes by, Sept. 11, 2017, in Jacksonville, Fla. Source: ABC News
The credit union industry has mounted efforts to help with recovery from both Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and the Carolinas Credit Union Foundation is sharing updates on those efforts below.

Harvey Disaster Relief Update

The National Credit Union Foundation announced late Friday that it had surpassed over $1 million in contributions for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Campaign. CUAid has raised $817,765 and the Cornerstone Credit Union Foundation raised $245,910 as of today.

The need is great in Texas and the road to recovery will be long. Potentially up to 6,000 employees are affected and many credit unions are still closed in the disaster area. Already, the Cornerstone Foundation has received applications for over $500,000 in aid.

The Carolinas Foundation sent a check to CUAid Monday afternoon for nearly $12,000 for the Harvey Relief Campaign. The Carolinas Foundation’s goal of matching individual contributions up to $5,000 was surpassed in large part by contributions from employees, credit union members, business partners and more.

“Thank you for your generosity in these times of need,” shared Lauren Whaley, Foundation president. “Donations are still coming in and the Carolinas Foundation will be issuing another check to CUAid at the end of the month.”

How to Donate *:

I. Give Online:

On the checkout page in the “notes” section, please specify whether your donation will go towards "Harvey" or "Irma" disaster relief efforts.

II. Donate by Mail:

Carolinas Credit Union Foundation
Disaster Relief Fund
PO Box 2567
Kernersville, NC 27285-2567

* All donations received will be disbursed dollar-for-dollar to the National Foundation’s CUAid, who is assisting the Cornerstone CU Foundation and Southeastern CU Foundation with disaster recovery efforts. Corporate donations are also welcome, but only individual donations will count towards the Carolinas Foundation's donation match efforts.

Irma Disaster Relief Activated

Although the direct impact of Hurricane Irma was curtailed in the Carolinas, the impact on millions of Florida citizens is still being determined. Extensive power outages, flooding and wind damage are being felt as the storm continues to move north. According to the latest reports, up to 15,000 credit union employees are in Hurricane Irma’s path.

On Monday morning, the National Foundation announced that CUAid has been activated for Hurricane Irma and it will coordinate with the Southeastern Credit Union Foundation in the disaster areas to distribute money efficiently to affected credit union employees and volunteers.

“Just as we did with Harvey Relief, the Carolinas Foundation will match individual donations received for Hurricane Irma, up to a total of $5,000,” Whaley said. “All donations collected by the Carolinas Foundation will be sent directly to CUAid for disbursement, dollar-for-dollar.”

Disaster Relief in the Carolinas

All reports from credit unions in the affected storm zones in the Carolinas indicate that service to members has resumed and all branches are in full operation. As a reminder, disaster relief grants for any credit union employee or volunteer in North or South Carolina are available through the Carolinas Foundation. Qualifying persons that experienced damage to their home as a result of Hurricane Irma, should contact Lauren Whaley at to receive a disaster relief grant application.

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