Emergency Appeal: Hurricane Matthew in the United States

October 12, 2016


CWS has responded with Emergency Cleanup Buckets and Hygiene Kits. Four congregations or organizations in North Carolina have received a total of 2,200 Cleanup Buckets and 120 Hygiene Kits.

Our appeal funding goal remains at $75,000. Pledged or donated to date: $18,085 To donate, visit cwsglobal.org/HurricaneMatthew.


October 12, 2016

Appeal Code: 76-628-F
Appeal Goal: $75,000


The effects of Hurricane Matthew in the United States began on October 4 and are continuing to unfold. Massive flooding has caused more than 1,400 people to have to be rescued from their homes and flooded areas in North Carolina, where 17 people have died as a result of the storm. The storm’s total death toll is at 33. President Obama has declared Florida, Georgia, North Carolina and South Carolina to be federal disaster areas. More than 13,400 people have stayed in American Red Cross shelters across the four states.

While clear skies have allowed some areas to stabilize and begin the recovery process, expanded flooding remains a threat in other areas. Flooding is a particular danger near Lumberton and Fayetteville, North Carolina.

CWS Response

As with most disasters in the United States, CWS will ship material resources, including CWS Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets, to affected areas upon request.

The CWS response will also include small recovery grants to partner organizations who are serving vulnerable affected communities. These grants aim to supplement and amplify the response efforts of FEMA and other organizations.


Small recovery grants: $50,000
Shipment of material resources: $20,000
Emergency Response Specialist travel: $5,000

How to Help

Contributions to support CWS emergency response efforts may be sent to your denomination or to Church World Service, P.O. Box 968, Elkhart, IN 46515 (designate 76-628-F, Hurricane Matthew in the United States). Donations for this appeal can also be made at cwsglobal.org/HurricaneMatthew.

When an emergency arises in the United States, CWS most often responds with donated CWS Kits and Emergency Cleanup Buckets. For assembly and instruction information, visit cwskits.org.

An appeal for Hurricane Matthew response in the Caribbean can be found here.