Community Foundation Activates Disaster Relief Fund

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is now accepting donations to the Disaster Relief Fund to support relief and recovery efforts after Hurricane Arthur.

All contributions are tax-deductible, and 100% of all donations will be used to directly assist individuals in Dare County.

“Thankfully, most of us in Dare County were unharmed by this fast-moving hurricane, but we are not forgetting our neighbors who have lost their homes,” said Lorelei Costa, the Community Foundation’s Executive Director.

Initial assessments from Dare County and Interfaith Community Outreach count at least 20 homes that were significantly damaged by Arthur, including several homes that were flooded and two that lost their roofs to fallen trees. Homes on Hatteras Island — particularly Rodanthe — were hardest hit, with damage reports coming from Roanoke Island as well.

While the Community Foundation is collecting the donations, all relief funds will be distributed to victims through the Interfaith Community Outreach, a local nonprofit that is coordinating recovery and working directly with individuals and families in need.

Donations can be made online at, or can be mailed to the Outer Banks Community Foundation at 13 Skyline Road, Southern Shores, NC 27949. Please write “Disaster Relief” in the memo line of your check, or select the “Disaster Relief Fund” if donating online.

Volunteers are needed to help with clean-up. Interfaith Community Outreach is coordinating groups of volunteers to help clean houses, cemeteries, churches, and other spaces damaged by flooding. Please call 252-480-0070 to volunteer.

Photograph by the NASA Goddard Space Flight Center. The image was taken on Friday, July 3, 2014 at 12:20 pm EDT.