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Hurricane Florence Relief

Today and every day, UNCW is a stronger university
because of those who give.

More than 1,300 donors came to the aid of UNCW students, faculty and staff who were personally affected by Hurricane Florence.
These gifts helped with emergency expenses associated with housing, transportation needs and medical expenses, demonstrating the strength of Seahawk spirit.

1,326 donors



to help
437 students & 73 employees
recover from Hurricane Florence

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In their words:

When everything else seemed to fail, UNCW had my back - and that is something I will feel lifelong gratitude for."

Please pass along my gratitude to those who contributed. This will help out our family immensely. This time has been extremely difficult, emotionally and physically for us and this award will be very helpful."

I'm in tears...if you only knew how much I need it. Thank you to all and anyone who allocated these funds!"

I cannot express how grateful I am and appreciate all of the resources UNCW has offered to help. I could not be more proud to be a Seahawk and cannot thank everyone enough for all the help."

Please pass on my heartfelt thanks. This is a testimony to the care that the UNCW family has for one another. I’m so thankful to be a part of this community."

On behalf of my family thank you so very much! It will help us get through the challenging aftermath of Florence."

I am very grateful for your kindness and support during this difficult time. I am so grateful to be part of this institution that cares for each other."


Paying it Forward: Seahawks in Action

Discover how Seahawks, many in the midst of their own recovery, stepped up to serve others:

Following a campus closure nearly a month long, UNCW was more than happy to put the welcome mat back out for students.

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A group of students took applied learning to a new level when they volunteered to help salvage flood-damaged homes in the area.

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Centro Hispano in front of NC flag mural
Volunteers from Centro Hispano immediately reached out to flooded communities with Hispanic and/or Spanish-speaking residents.

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“Susan was waiting at the bridge on Highway 53 with a horse trailer and open arms. In that moment, we knew we were on the way to safety.”

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Manny Lloyd
The men's basketball game supported relief efforts in the wake of Hurricane Florence

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Annual donors provide critical, consistent support that allows UNCW to continue creating service learning opportunities, like these heroic examples during Hurricane Florence, to further enhance the quality of life across the region.

UNCW During & After Hurricane Florence

Eighteen buildings on campus suffered significant damages and repairs are still underway. Modular units currently serve as temporary lab spaces during Dobo Hall’s renovations and construction has started for new student housing, scheduled to open in the fall of 2020.

Hover over an image to see progress made within weeks of the storm:

Click on an image to see progress made within weeks of the storm:

Campus Bridge

Students walking on bridge

Campus Bridge


Leutze Hall

Leutze Hall

Chancellor's Walk

Chancellor's Walk

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