How to help those impacted by Hurricane Dorian

Celeste P.
Sep 7 · 4 min read

As the impact of Hurricane Dorian continues to be felt on the East Coast, damage and recovery efforts are already ongoing.

Here are a few ways to help.


For the Bahamas:

  1. World Central Kitchen (https://wck.org)
    Chef José Andrés’s non-profit is doing the work in multiple Dorian-impacted regions. They’ve fed over thousand people already in Cape Fear, and is already in the Bahamas providing meals.

You can support their work by donating here.

2. Global Giving (www.globalgiving.org)
Global Giving is a crowdfunding platform, and they have a Dorian-specific relief fund to help local organizations. You can learn more about them through their Charity Navigator profile.

3. The Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief page (https://www.facebook.com/pg/hurricanebahamarelief/about/)
The Hurricane Dorian Bahamas Relief Page was founded by a group of boaters based out of Florida. You can read more about them at Buzzfeed. Per their page, it looks like they’re using their skills to boat in supplies — meaning they are accepting physical donations.

If you’re in a position to drop-off physical donations, definitely message them to arrange a time. You also have the option of buying them supplies via Amazon — they have a post set up here.

(Worth noting, with the understanding I think their work looks amazing: I don’t believe they count as a 501(C)3 — just for anyone who might be wondering why they’re not on Charity Navigator. Per Buzzfeed, they just revived the page in advance of Dorian.

4. Mercy Corps (https://www.mercycorps.org)
Mercy Corps is a global humanitarian aid organization, which already has a team on the ground. (You can get a look at their work here). You can donate here.


5. The Bahama Relief Fund (a.k.a. the official government fund)
The Bahama government has set up an official fund for relief efforts. Start here, to get a look at their ongoing efforts. Then go to the NEMA — their Cabinet and Disaster Management site, to learn more about the fund and how your donations will help.

6. The Grand Bahama Port Authority (https://www.gbpa.com)

The Grand Bahama Port Authority is a “privately held corporation that also acts as the municipal authority for Freeport, Grand Bahama Island, The Bahamas.”

They’ve created a fund, “to be distributed to local charities and individuals in Grand Bahama.” You can learn more, and donate via GoFundMe. There are two more options on their main fund site, but GFM is the easiest.

7. YachtAid Global (http://yachtaidglobal.org)
Yacht Aid Global is a registered 501(C)3 which works with yachters to deliver humanitarian relief and aid to critical disaster zones. They have a dedicated Dorian page here, where you can donate.

8. The Paradise Fund (https://www.theparadisefund.org)
The Paradise Fund a.k.a. Paradise.NGO does a lot of disaster relief and first-responder support. They’re collecting for their Dorian efforts here.

9. The International Medical Corps (internationalmedicalcorps.org)
The International Medical Corps is working with multiple states, including with the Florida Department of Health to deploy relief efforts. For the Bahamas, they’ve “deployed a emergency response team, consisting of doctors, nurses, health and psychosocial support services (MHPSS) specialists, and logisticians.”
You can donate here.

10. Team Rubicon (teamrubiconusa.org)
Team Rubicon is a international disaster response nonprofit that “unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly provide relief to communities in need.”

They’re currently coordinating with the Bahama Ministry of Health on their deployment effort, and their donation link is here.

11. City of Palm Beach

The City of Palm Beach is teaming up with the Palm Beach United Way for a Dorian/Bahamas-specific relief fund. A local couple is matching donations up to $100,000. Learn more and donate here.


B. GENERAL DONATIONS

As Dorian continues to impact the East Coast, organizations are monitoring its course and are on standby. Here are some of the organizations who do the work:

1. The Diaper Bank of North Carolina (https://ncdiaperbank.org)
Diapers are typically not covered in disaster relief supplies. So organizations like the Diaper Bank of North Carolina fill in the gap. You can donate here, or fulfill requests from their Amazon wishlist here.

2. The Official Governor of North Carolina fund (https://governor.nc.gov/)
The governor’s office has set up a fund to help with Dorian recovery efforts. You can donate here, or you can mail in a donation here.

3. One South Carolina (SC) Fund (https://yourfoundation.org/impact-initiatives/one-sc-fund/)
While the governor’s website doesn’t appear to have specified Dorian-specific donations are needed just yet, the One South Carolina Fund would be where to donate. Learn more here, and donate here.

4. Harvest Hope Food Bank (https://www.harvesthope.org)
Per a local station: The Harvest Hope Food Bank “serves 20 counties in South Carolina and is looking for non perishable food donations for those in danger from Hurricane Dorian”. You can learn more here and donate here.

5. AirBNB (https://www.airbnb.com/openhomes/disaster-relief)
If you have a property in any of the impacted regions OR you’re looking for housing/know someone looking, connect through AirBNB’s dedicated site.

6. Portlight Strategies (https://portlight.org)
Portlight Strategies is a 501(C)3 “founded in 1997 to facilitate a variety of projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work.” Per their main page, they’re monitoring the situation. Learn more here, and donate here.


And if you’re interested in donating blood:

It’s needed, and you can figure out where to donate here.

Celeste P.

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Coffee addict, book reviewer, techie, political staffer, writer. Ravenclaw. @kingscollegelon @johnshopkins @princeton. Founder, @roadto18. Repped by @byobrooks.

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