Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement

Hurricane Florence Support

The Kernodle Center participated on a statewide conference call with colleagues at East Carolina, Pembroke, UNC Wilmington, Campbell and Fayetteville State on September 20. There was a clear message that they are not ready to receive volunteers and won’t be ready for several week. The clean-up and recovery will take weeks and months and they will need hands-on volunteer help eventually. They asked that we encourage people to donate to disaster relief organizations that can buy exactly what is needed from local business and at a significant discount. The Kernodle Center will be participating in week phone calls and we will keep the Elon University updated.

What Can We Do Now?

Financial Support

Financial contributions to relief organizations that specialize in assistance for immediate relief can be one of the best ways to assist those in need. We recommend visiting the website of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, an association of organizations that mitigate and alleviate the impact of disasters. The site provides a list of agencies involved in relief and recovery efforts, including donation links for those groups. Please be aware of fraud and scams related to disaster relief efforts – the best way to donate is to visit an organization’s website directly. Gifts to the Elon University Chaplain’s Discretionary Fund are used to support those in our Elon community who are adversely affected by tragic circumstances such as these.

Blood Donations

A third of the North Carolina is in a state of emergency, so blood donations are needed since the usual supply is under strain to meet the demand.   People can give blood at one of several local American Red Cross blood drives in the coming days.

Food, Personal Hygiene, Cleaning Supplies, and Paper Goods Donations

Campus Kitchen at Elon University is responding to the need for collecting these items for pantries at Allied Churches of Alamance County and the Salvation Army of Alamance County.  These two local organizations are currently serving and sheltering individuals who evacuated from eastern North Carolina and have been stretched in their capacity to do so.  People currently experiencing homelessness have also come to the Allied Churches seeking shelter from the effects of the storm.

Below is a list of what our community partners have identified as their most urgent needs to help those affected.  These items can be dropped off at the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement (Moseley Center 230) and they will deliver them on behalf of the Elon University community to both Allied Churches and the Salvation Army.

Food items

  • Soups and chili
  • Beans (lima, baked, pinto, etc.)
  • Macaroni and cheese, pasta and sauce
  • Canned vegetable and fruit
  • Protein bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Dry cereal/granola
  • Dried fruit
  • Canned meats – tuna, Vienna sausages, SPAM, etc.
  • Non-perishable pasteurized milk
  • Formula for infants
  • Baby food/snacks
  • Bottled water

Hygiene Items

  • Toothpaste, toothbrushes, mouthwash
  • Pillows, blankets, sleeping bags
  • Towels and washcloths
  • Soap, shampoo, conditioners, body wash
  • Deodorant, feminine hygiene products
  • First aid kit supplies

If you have questions about how you can help with Elon’s support of the communities affected by Hurricane Florence, please contact Mary Morrison, Assistant Dean of Campus Life and Director of the Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement at or 336-278-7252.


Our Mission

The Kernodle Center for Service Learning and Community Engagement, in partnership with local and global communities, advances student learning, leadership, and citizenship to prepare students for lives of active community engagement within a complex and changing world.

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