Disaster Aid & Relief

How to Help

The following, while not an exhaustive list, includes information about relief and aid efforts, and ways to assist or donate in support of students, families, and communities affected by recent natural disasters including the Northern and Southern California wildfires, Hurricane Florence which caused severe flooding and damage in North Carolina, South Carolina and Virginia and the natural gas explosions in Massachusetts.


To aid Alaskans in need following the 7.0 earthquake that rattled the city of Anchorage, the following agences are accepting donations: The American Red Cross; The Salvation Army; and The Beans Cafe (a non-profit soup kitchen providing social services in Anchorage.  


The wildfires in Northern California and Southern California have left school districts and students in a state of emergency according to the California School Boards Association (CSBA). More information from CSBA is available on their website at  For individuals who want to provide assistance, a number of organizations are seeking donations of both supplies and critical personnel. A partial list of these groups can be found here.

North Carolina

To aid North Carolinians in need following the overwhelming flooding of Hurricane Florence on the state, the North Carolina School Boards Association (NCSBA) suggests making monetary donations through the American Red Cross, The North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund, and the Salvation Army. For more information on how to help, please reference this flier created by the NCSBA. Donations can also be made to FAST NC (Florence Aid to Students and Teachers of North Carolina), an effort led by a bipartisan group of current and former North Carolina education leaders to help the state’s public schools as students and educators struggle to return to normal following Hurricane Florence and its impact.


South Carolina

The South Carolina Emergency Management Division (SCEMD) welcomes monetary donations to the One SC Fund and the American Red Cross. The SCEMD website also features a comprehensive list of how and where to provide aid and support for communities effected by Hurricane Florence. To volunteer your time, please check Volunteer SC to sign up for relief, response, and recovery efforts. 


The Virginia Department of Emergency Management recommends making donations to the Virginia Disaster Relief Fund. All donations will help misplaced Virginians and their homes and businesses.


To assist in the aftermath of the gas explosions affecting the communities of South Lawrence, Andover, and North Andover, Massachusetts, the website of the Office of Massachusetts’s Governor Charlie Baker  recommends making financial donations to the following organizations : The American Red Cross, the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA), the Essex County Community Fund, and the Greater Lawrence Relief Fund. Donations of perishable foods and toiletries can be sent to the Lawrence Senior Center at 155 Haverhill Street, Lawrence, MA 01840. 




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