The American Red Cross has awarded Wayne County’s long-term recovery organization a $20,000 grant. The “American Red Cross Recovery Grant” will be used to provide direct assistance to those who have unmet needs as a result of Hurricane Matthew.

“The Red Cross received an overwhelming amount of generous support from our donors in response to the devastation caused by Hurricane Matthew,” said Mark Smith, executive director for Red Cross Recovery Operations. As a result, the Red Cross is working to supplement its ongoing disaster relief and recovery services by working with a number of organizations to assist families, individuals and communities in recovering from Hurricane Matthew.”

American Red Cross – Eastern North Carolina Region officials Roberto Mendoza, Disaster Leadership Team Member; Kathy C. Jones, Disaster Program Specialist; and Kimberly M. Berrier, Business Operations Specialist II and Community Partnerships present a grant for $20,000 to Long Term Disaster Recovery – Wayne County’s Vice Chair Tara Humphries and Treasurer Ray Urban (left to right).

Long Term Disaster Recovery-Wayne County is a coalition of public, private, faith, and voluntary organizations that collaborate to restore disaster-impacted Wayne County residents who have exhausted all other available resources to safe, secure, and sanitary living conditions. The LTDR-WC’s goal is to aid as many survivors who have unmet needs as possible by coordinating the responses of LTDR-WC partners and insuring unduplicated, efficient use of resources.

Wayne County’s organization is one of dozens of long-term recovery organizations working to assist with what the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) estimates are North Carolinians’ $6.5 million in unmet needs resulting from the hurricane.

FEMA and NC Emergency Management guide the coalitions. The North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters also provides oversight and helps secure volunteers, funding and supplies.

LTDR-WC offices are housed in the Salvation Army building at 610 N. Williams St. in Goldsboro. Those needing assistance can call (919) 735-4811 or e-mail

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation’s blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, go to or