How You Can Help Your Community Recover from Hurricane Matthew

Thursday, November 03, 2016

​Although it's been nearly four weeks since Hurricane Matthew dumped more than 13 inches of rain on Virginia Beach, many residents still need help, to recover and rebuild.

Families are in desperate need of housing, food, clothing and furniture. Here are some ways people can help:

Monetary Donations:

The City has partnered with the United Way of South Hampton Roads to set up the Virginia Beach Assistance Fund (VBAF) to provide a platform for people to make monetary donations to assist Virginia Beach residents who were severely impacted by the recent flooding.

To make a tax-deductible monetary donation, choose one of the methods below to contribute to the Virginia Beach Assistance Fund (VBAF) where 100 percent of donations will go toward residents who experienced significant flooding and/or destruction from falling trees caused by Hurricane Matthew. 

  • With credit card in-hand:
    • At the bottom of the form, click the box next to "Apply this gift to a specific program or cause"  Click the drop down menu and choose Virginia Beach Assistance Fund
  • Mail a personal check to: United Way, Virginia Beach Assistance Fund, 2515 Walmer Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23513, Attn: Judi Morgan. Please ensure your personal check is made payable to United Way, with VBAF in the "for/notes" section

Donate Non-Perishable Foods

  • All Virginia Beach Fire Stations are currently accepting non-perishable food. 4 to 7 p.m. daily.
  • Contact the Foodbank of Southeastern Virginia (877-HUNGERX) for more information about donating food. There are local pantries in your neighborhood where you may also take food. Visit http://foodbankonline.org for locations.

Donate Clothing/Furniture

To donate clothing or furniture especially for the residents of Virginia Beach, you need to take your donations to The Salvation Army Area Command at 5525 Raby Rd., Norfolk, VA. This location is where clothing can be cleaned, sorted and distributed in the most efficient way, specifically for Virginia Beach residents. Clothing requests go directly to the Command and they are able to create bags for families. 

Start a Clothing Drive

Start a clothing drive with your neighborhood association, faith-based group, sports team or school group – have one point of contact that is willing to deliver the donation to the Raby Road location in Norfolk and tagged with "VB Hurricane Relief" at the Salvation Army Area Command, 5525 Raby Rd., Norfolk, VA 23502, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information on how you can help, visit www.vbgov.com/stormupdate or call (757) 385-3111.

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