Catholic Charities works with local disaster partner agencies to help families prepare for and recover from disasters. To help families prepare for disasters, the Catholic Charities Disaster Services program facilitates disaster preparedness workshops and provides educational information at parishes and other community sites. Following a disaster, Catholic Charities staff engage with individuals, families, and the community to aid in the relief and recovery process.
The Disaster Services program assists individuals and families by responding to their needs with respect, regardless of their race, color, or faith orientation. The program provides tangible assistance to families immediate after a disaster, then transitions into a client centered approach that recognizes the strengths of the family members to meet their own needs.
Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Raleigh serves 54 counties in eastern and central North Carolina covering 32,000 square miles. FEMA made Disaster Declarations for 27 of these 54 counties. Catholic Charities has offices in Fayetteville, New Bern, and Wilmington which are actively engaged in the recovery effort. Our staff are present in the community before the storm, immediately after the storm, and remain in the community through the long-term recovery process.
In the weeks after Hurricane Florence, staff and volunteers distributed donated supplies such as food and water, cleaning supplies, and diapers to over 11,000 individuals. Staff in our Wilmington Office were packing their mobile truck with diapers to distribute to families as rain from Hurricane Florence still fell.
Staff are now focused on helping families move into safe and stable housing. Catholic Charities has also partnered with the Knights of Columbus to form NC Catholics Volunteers which provides individuals the opportunity to work on repair / rebuild projects. Visit the NC Catholics Volunteer webpage for more information about how you can help.
We expect staff across our service area to still be working with families for years to come.
Our faith calls us to care for our brothers and sisters in need. You can make a donation through our secure online portal here. Financial contributions will go to supporting our disaster services program which works to help communities prepare for disaster and responds with tangible and staff assistance following a disaster. Currently Catholic Charities is actively engaged in assisting Hurricane Matthew and Hurricane Florence survivors.
If you are interested in volunteering please visit our NC Catholics Volunteer page. NC Catholics Volunteer provides tangible opportunities of volunteers to help families get into safe and stable housing. Volunteers of all skill levels are invited to participate in these repair / rebuild projects.
Proper preparation is vital to limiting the effects of a disaster. Remember to follow the steps below to remain safe.
How to Prepare
Stay Informed — Stay up-to-date on storm, emergency and evacuation warnings using internet, TV or radio. (See web links below)
Store Supplies — Make sure you are ready for power outages or limited access to transportation by stocking up on items such as flashlights, batteries, blankets, prescriptions, First Aid, water and food.
Protect Property — Take steps to secure your home against wind or water damage. Locate important documents or personal items and store them in a protected, accessible area.
Evacuation and Shelter-in-Place — If an evacuation order is given, leave early and follow posted evacuation routes. Make a plan in advance in case you are required to leave your home. If a shelter-in-place order is given, remain inside your home until the warning is lifted.
In 2016, Hurricane Matthew devastated many parts of eastern North Carolina. Catholic Charities responded by providing immediate assistance in the form of donated food and water, baby items, and cleaning supplies. Catholic Charities staff continue to assist families with finding safe and stable housing after being forced from their homes. The group NC Catholics Volunteer was also formed following Hurricane Matthew to provide an opportunity to help in the repair of damaged homes.
If you would like to contribute to the ongoing Matthew Recovery efforts, please visit our donation page and select “Disaster Services” from the drop down menu. If you are interested in volunteering with NC Catholics Volunteer, click here.