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Dear Friends of the American Indian Center,

Thank you to everyone who supported the AIC with our Hurricane Matthew Relief Efforts during October and November. Collectively, we were able to meet immediate needs of many citizens of the Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina in one of the hardest hit areas of the state, Robeson County. We could not have done this without your donations of supplies!

As of December 1, we are officially no longer collecting donations as a drop-off site. Our activities have shifted to meet the evolving needs of the community as they are now entering into a community rebuilding phase.

If you would like more information about continuing relief efforts taking place in various counties, our staff are happy to direct you to local tribal partners. Additionally, we encourage the public to learn more about campus-wide disaster relief efforts, including upcoming relief trips in the message below:

Hurricane Matthew Relief Listserv Announcements – Dec. 2, 2016

Relief trips planned for Dec. 9 & 13

As communities across eastern North Carolina deal with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, efforts continue at Carolina to aid in many aspects of recovery. Individuals and groups of staff, faculty and students have already made several relief trips. The Carolina Center for Public Service, together with campus and community partners, is organizing campus-wide relief trips to affected areas. These trips are for UNC staff, faculty and students who are willing to help with clean-up or who have specialized building and repair skills. The first relief trip is Friday, Dec. 9 to Tarboro, North Carolina. Another trip to Garland, North Carolina is planned for Dec. 16 in partnership with the Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention. For details and to register, visit UNC disaster relief trips.

Funding to support campus efforts

Funding is available to support campus relief efforts as donations to Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund are received. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Students, faculty and staff from any campus unit or organization may submit a letter of request for funding to support relief trips and projects. The application letter should be sent as an email attachment to and should include:

  • a description of the effort,
  • what organization(s) or constituents will participate,
  • which community(ies) will be served,
  • overall budget information,
  • the amount of funding requested and
  • contact information (email and phone number).

Hurricane Matthew Recovery Working Group

The Carolina Center for Public Service convened a Hurricane Matthew Recovery Working Group in late November with representation from various campus units to help coordinate campus efforts to support communities impacted by the extensive flooding in North Carolina. The working group plans to meet again in January. For more information, contact


The website is updated daily and has much more about Carolina’s efforts and other information and resources. Please send website announcements, updates and information to



UPDATE November 2nd, 2016

NC Emergency Management Response Efforts:

▪ There were 800,000 total power outages in the east at the peak of the storm; still 1,000 out today

▪ There were 3,744 occupants in 109 shelters at peak. There are 248 in are still four shelters today

▪ The hurricane closed 34 school systems at the peak of the disaster. All school systems are now opened

▪ There were 635 roads closed at peak of the disaster. There are 300 roads still closed across eastern NC

▪ A total of 37 counties were approved for individual and public assistance, and five counties for public assistance only

NC FEMA Recovery Efforts:

  • 64,244 FEMA registrants in both designated and undesignated counties
  • $62.4 Million has been approved for victims
  • 46,644 homes have been inspected by FEMA

American Indian Center UNC-CH Efforts:

We are supporting the following community partners with donations:

  • Robeson Church and Community Center
  • Tribal Church Associations
  • Public Schools of Robeson County
  • UNCP CARE Resource Center Office of Community & Civic Engagement UNC Pembroke
  • Southeastern NC Tribal Doctors for Disaster Recovery
  • Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina
  • Waccamaw Siouan Tribe
  • Coharie Tribe

We will be collecting  the following donations until the end of November:

1)            Cleaning supplies

2)            School supplies

3)            Nonperishable food items

The greatest need the community has come back with is to support the schools opening back this week. Teachers are in need of supplies to recoup and to reequip students with supplies. There is also a call for cleaning supplies, rubber gloves and face masks to clean up during the recovery efforts that have started. Food is always needed especially with the holidays coming.


Update 10/31/16:

  • Tribal partners have indicated a need for baby supplies, such as diapers, wipes, and baby food.

Update 10/21/16:

  • Tribal partners are requesting a temporary cease to clothing donations at this time, and a focus on non-perishable foods and the other items listed below. Thank you to everyone who donated clothing items!

Updated list of requested items, 10/17/16:

  • Personal hygiene products are in big demand!
  • Tribal and community volunteers are creating toiletry bags – washcloth, soap, shampoo, conditioner, brush/comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant, body wash, lotion & razors.
  • The shelters and organizations have temporarily stopped taking clothes. However, specific request have been made for larger size XL and plus size women’s clothes. There has also been a request for brand new adult underwear in unopened packaging. Any blankets, pillows and towels need to be brand new.
  • Cleaning supplies are also being requested. Families are cleaning out their homes, refrigerators, kitchen items and washing clothes. Specifically, laundry detergent and dish washing liquid along with sponges, cleaning clothes, and rubber gloves with other cleaning items are needed.
  • There are students who lost all school supplies: Notebooks, pens, pencils, folders, markers, colored pencils, and crayons.
  • Lastly, organizations have also requested reusable totes, draw string backpacks, large and extra-large zip lock bags, etc. to back up supplies and make the personal care kits for distributions. It would be great to request stores and corporations to donate reusable shopping bags for parish members that work in those businesses.
  • The Churches are conducting community walks where they are canvassing neighborhoods and handing out items to those that were not evacuated to shelters, but still have no power or running water. The members are doing this service are needing to be cautious of their personal safety.

Update, 10/13/16:

  • bottled water
  • cleaning supplies
  • feminine products
  • diapers, wipes, and infant formula
  • gift cards (Food Lion & Walmart)
  • dental supplies
  • combs and brushes
  • extra-large and extra-extra-large clothes
  • toiletries and paper goods
  • non-perishable food items
  • hand sanitizer

Additionally, financial gifts can be made to support tribal communities through Carolina’s Disaster Relief Fund (010779) on the American Indian Center’s website by clicking hereWe are in daily communication with tribal leaders and community members and will tailor supply purchases as needs evolve.

Our hearts and thoughts are those living in the Lumbee Tribal Territory, which was the most severely affected  On behalf of the UNC American Indian Center and NC Native nations, we are grateful for your support.

To facilitate communication about efforts and resources, Chancellor Folt has asked the Carolina Center for Public Service to help coordinate these efforts. The best source of updated information will be posted on a dedicated website at

Thank you for your support!

American Indian Center Staff


10/17/16: Free Legal Assistance Available for North Carolina Victims of Hurricane Matthew

The North Carolina Bar Association is partnering with the American Bar Association, FEMA and Legal Aid of North Carolina to operate a Disaster Legal Services Hotline for those impacted by Hurricane Matthew in Beaufort, Bertie, Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Edgecombe, Hoke, Johnston, Lenoir, Nash, Pitt, Robeson, Wayne and Wilson Counties.

This toll-free legal aid hotline allows callers to request the assistance of a lawyer in a variety of legal issues, including:

  • Assistance with securing FEMA and other benefits available to disaster survivors
  • Assistance with life, medical and property insurance claims
  • Help with home repair contracts and contractors
  • Replacement of wills and other important legal documents destroyed in the disaster
  • Assisting in consumer protection matters, remedies and procedures
  • Counseling on mortgage-foreclosure problems
  • Counseling on landlord/tenant problems

The hotline is available weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Those in need of assistance should call 1-800-662-7407 , identify that they need help with a matter related to Hurricane Matthew, ask for Disaster Legal Services, and identify the county in which they are located. Individuals who qualify for assistance will be matched with North Carolina lawyers who have volunteered to provide free, limited legal help. Survivors should be aware that there are some limitations on disaster legal services. For example, assistance is not available for cases that will produce a fee (i.e., those cases where fees are paid part of the settlement by the court). Such cases are referred to a lawyer referral service.

More information is available in the full press release here:


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