American Red Cross Grant to Community Foundation Supports Disaster Recovery

The American Red Cross has partnered with nonprofit and faith-based organizations to provide Hurricane Dorian recovery services in communities impacted and has awarded a grant to Outer Banks Community Foundation in support of disaster recovery efforts. The grant is funding a part-time Disaster Relief Coordinator position at the Community Foundation, who oversees the Community Foundation’s continued long-term recovery work following Hurricane Dorian and leads efforts to develop a strategic plan for future relief projects. Bob Muller, the Community Foundation’s Disaster Relief Coordinator, can be reached at

The grant also provides additional mental health services for Ocracoke residents. Earle Irwin, a psychiatric and mental health clinical nurse specialist, is serving in this capacity through the end of March. Irwin is available for islanders to talk with one-on-one; her contact information is

About the Community Foundation:

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit charitable organization that connects people who care with causes that matter. Based in a historic flat top cottage in Southern Shores, the Community Foundation manages $22 million across 200 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards grants to local nonprofits, administers 55 scholarship programs, and provides tailored services to help donors pursue their charitable interests. Since its inception in 1982, the Community Foundation has awarded more than $11 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students. 

About the Red Cross:

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, visit or, or on Twitter at @RedCross.