Rebuilding Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Dorian

In the aftermath of Hurricane Dorian, the DRI Foundation has provided supportive funding to the Outer Banks Community Foundation, which is working to help rebuild the South Carolina region.

Hurricane Dorian, a Category 5 storm, hit the southeastern coastal United States in early September. In Ocracoke, SC, alone, more than 2,000 homes were damaged by the storm, including 50 that were destroyed, and another 100 that sustained devastating damage. A full 40% of Ocracoke residents have been displaced by Dorian, and many more face financial hardship.

“We are helping storm victims pay for temporary shelter, home repairs, supplies, furniture, appliances, food, and other necessities,” OBCF explained in an FAQ about the fund. “In instances when an individual has lost wages due to the storm (e.g., if a person’s place of employment was flooded or closed), our funds can be used even more broadly, for example for rent, groceries, medical bills, and other expenses.”

The Outer Banks Community Foundation is a public charity that helps meet local needs across Dare County and the entire Outer Banks. It manages 175 charitable funds for individuals and agencies, awards charitable grants to local nonprofits, administers 50 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 $9 million in grants and scholarships to local nonprofits and students.

The DRI Foundation is proud to support such non-profit organizations in communities impacted by disasters and to provide crucial assistance.