After Hurricane Florence made landfall in North Carolina in September 2018, parts of North Carolina and South Carolina suffered extensive flooding and billions of dollars in damage. The death toll across both states climbed to more than 50.
To support communities impacted by the storm, the Trustees of The Duke Endowment approved $5 million. Initially, $2 million will help the United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) address immediate recovery needs in North Carolina and South Carolina. Later, the Endowment will distribute the additional $3 million to support rebuilding efforts long term.
Founded in 1940, UMCOR is the global humanitarian aid and development agency of The United Methodist Church.
“In the aftermath of this deadly storm, we know that restoring lives and livelihoods will be a prolonged struggle,” said Minor Shaw, chair of the Endowment’s Board. “The Endowment wanted to support communities now as our neighbors work daily to recover, and still help in the future when it is time to rebuild.”