Hurricane Matthew

Hurricane Matthew Disaster Relief

Hurricane Matthew has passed, but there is still a serious flood emergency taking place here in North Carolina. It is in times like these that UNCW CHHS students, faculty and staff can come together and put into action our motto: Together We Make A Difference. 

Several surrounding counties (Bladen, Columbus, Pender and Robeson) are in dire need of donations and volunteers. If you would like to be a part of these efforts by assisting with our Action Plan, receiving additional information and opportunities, or know anyone in the community that needs personal assistance, please contact Leah Mayo at Details will be posted on this page and the UNCW College of Health and Human Services Facebook page and the Center for Healthy Communities Facebook page.

Donation Information

Needed Donation Items include:

  • Water
  • Food Items (canned fruits and veggies, canned meat and fish, canned beans and soup, cereal, pasta, rice, peanut butter, powdered milk, instant tea, coffee, dried meats, dried fruits, trail mix, granola bars, dog/cat food); can openers
  • Toiletry Items (toothbrush, toothpaste, hand sanitizer, tissues, wipes, feminine products, lotion, chapstick, deodorant, comb, socks, diaper-adult and baby, soap, shampoo, conditioner, toilet paper, body wash)
  • Cleaning Supplies (bleach, disinfectants, sponges, gloves, trash bags, scrub brushes, mops, brooms, masks, paper towels, buckets, clorox wipes, gallon ziplock bags)
  • Socks, Clean Underwear, Towels, Washcloths, Blankets
  • Baby Related Items (Pack n Plays, carriers, onesies, bibs, pacifiers, bottles, baby food, formula, changing pads, diaper paste, infant pain relievers, sippy cups, baby powder)
  • Cold Medicine for Adults and Children, Small First Aid Kits
  • School supplies (pack a clear or mesh book bag with supplies or donate supplies)
  • Bug spray

These items can be dropped off at the Academic Affairs Annex beside McNeill Hall.

If you would like to put a donation collection bin in your UNCW location, please contact Leah Mayo at

If you’d like to donate monetarily to this relief effort, you can visit NCDisasterRelief.orgmail checks payable to “North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund” to

North Carolina Disaster Relief Fund
Office of the Governor
20312 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-0312

and/ or text NCRECOVERS to 30306.

Local Volunteer Opportunities

  • UNCP has a list of volunteer locations, found here.  
  • Red Cross is coordinating volunteer opportunities in North Carolina. To become a volunteer, visit and click on “Apply to Volunteer” to fill out a volunteer application.  They will then quickly process the application and contact you directly. 


Other Ways to Help

Message from the Dean

Dear CHHS Faculty, Staff and Students:

The CHHS Leadership Team met on Wednesday to develop an Action Plan to help communities in Southeastern North Carolina deal with the flooding that is occurring as a consequence of Hurricane Matthew. We decided to focus on three primary issues over the next two weeks during the initial crisis (Active Flooding Stage):

  1. Provide opportunities for the donation of needed items. We will contact the Emergency Operation Centers (EOCs) in Bladen, Columbus, Robeson and Pender Counties to get a list of needed items for each county. We will then provide two opportunities for faculty, staff, students and community partners to donate items:

    • The American Heart Association (AHA) Heart Walk on Saturday, October 15th. Since we are hosting the AHA Walk on Saturday, we will work with the AHA to provide a drop off for needed items. If you have not yet decided to participate on the CHHS Team for the Heart Walk, please consider joining us – you can walk for a good cause and/or you can show up on the McNeill Lawn with items to donate to help our communities that are being devastated by the flooding.
    • Drop off stations on campus. Next week we will provide locations for drop off stations for our faculty, staff and students on campus, with a list of needed items.
  2. Provide platforms for the donation of money. We are working with the EOCs and other nonprofit agencies to determine the best platform(s) to activate for the donation of money to help the victims of the flood. We will provide the web portal information ASAP for those who wish to donate money. In addition, at the upcoming CHHS fall Faculty/Staff meeting, we will pass a collection plate/bucket. All funds will be presented to the appropriate agency to help our community members deal with this disaster. We are checking with the EOCs to determine the most impactful agency to send our donations to.
  3. Provide opportunity to share our expertise and skills with communities. We will be working with the United Way/other local non-profits to develop a list of volunteer opportunities.  We have very talented students, faculty and staff who may feel compelled to donate their time to help our communities deal with the active flooding stage.

In the next couple of weeks, we will shift our focus to the Clean Up Stage, as the impacted communities enter the longer recovery phase. Again, we  will consult our partner agencies and the EOCs in each county to determine what type of help is needed. We hope to plan a couple of clean-up days, where members of the CHHS could work in our communities to help our people restore, repair and reopen their homes and businesses. We will keep you posted on this as the flooding subsides. 

Rebekah Edwards, Interim-Coordinator of the CHHS Center for Healthy Communities (CHC), is taking the lead in organizing the CHHS response. If you would like to assist her and the CHC in their role as the backbone structure of this Action Plan, please contact Leah at In addition, if you know of individual students, faculty, staff and community members that need personal assistance, please contact Rebekah and share with her how we can help.

I know each of you is very busy at this point in the semester. It is at times like these that we demonstrate our motto of “Together We Make a Difference.”  Reaching out, working together and enhancing the health and quality of life of individuals, families and communities is what we do. This is an opportunity for us to be at our best as a college, school, program and as Individuals. I thank you in advance for your commitment.