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Volunteers and first responders gather in Cruso on Saturday to make plans for recovery efforts after the flood Tuesday. A Shot Above WNC Volunteers and first responders gather in Cruso on Saturday to make plans for recovery efforts after the flood Tuesday. A Shot Above WNC

Haywood County Government urges those interested in donating time to help with relief and recovery efforts to visit and click the "Volunteer" option at the top of the page for registration information.

According to the Haywood County Government, “registering to volunteer helps make sure that your talents and skills are put to use where they are most needed. It also minimizes the risk of scammers showing up unannounced and taking advantage of our neighbors when they are most vulnerable.” 


Volunteer Reception Center

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer for storm recovery based on skills, abilities and interests. 

The best way to get connected to the right opportunity is to register with the Volunteer Coordinator, John Chicoine in person at the Senior Resource Center, 81 Elmwood Way, Waynesville; by phone at 828.356.2022 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Potential Landlords 

Homeowners wishing to rent to flood victims are being recruited and we are attempting to match them with victims who have requested assistance. Amber Edwards is the primary contact, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 828.492.4115.


Services/Labor Donation

  • Feeding the Multitude is seeking people with trucks to take water into communities. Send Facebook message or check in at 50 Azalea Dr. Canton from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Thursday to offer services.

  • Haywood County Schools: Donate to the Haywood County Schools Foundation. Restoration has begun at Central Haywood High School (closed indefinitely) and Pisgah Memorial Stadium. If you would like to provide hands-on support, check with Pisgah High School, Tuscola High School, Canton Middle School or other schools that have damage to outside facilities. 

  • First United Methodist Church: Volunteers needed to help organize clothes into bins by sizes to be distributed to flood victims. Contact Nicole Kott at 828.508.3420.

  • New Covenant Church: Looking for volunteers who want to help with flood clean-up or distributing supplies to flood victims. A community sign-up sheet has been created to help organize work groups. Pick the area you want to help with and join a work group by signing up on the list here.

  • Faith Community Church: recruiting volunteers and care team members to aid in distribution of items and conduct small recovery construction projects. 828.734.4145


Supplies Donations

Things still needed (specific requests) 

  • Cruso United Methodist Church 11653 Cruso Rd. Canton, NC 28716: clean-up supplies such as squeegees, plastic totes with lids, mops, buckets, trash cans, wheelbarrows, sump pumps, dehumidifiers, elbow-high gloves, box fans, crow bars, extension cords, tools

  • Helping Haywood: cleaning supplies, work gloves, tools can be delivered to 289 Industrial Park Dr. Waynesville.

  • The Outpost 6175 Pigeon Rd. Canton: rakes, drop cords, crowbars, hammers, box fans, dehumidifiers, shovels (flathead if possible), pop up canopies, batteries, tarps, boots, gloves, long rubber gloves, totes with lids, water hoses and sprayer, sheet sets (new) all sizes, paper plates, wheelbarrows, pump sprayers, any kind spray cleaner, trash cans all sizes.

  • WNC Livestock Center (474 Stock Dr. Canton) is accepting the following from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.: Horse feed (senior type), goat feed, sheep feed, cattle feed, fowl feed, square bales of hay, 5 gallon water totes to tote drinkable water, 5 gallon buckets, t-posts, barb wire, woven wire, feed pans, feed troughs, water troughs, shavings, fly spray, horse and cow halter and lead ropes, calf bottles (only need a couple), hay racks. Chicken feed is no longer needed. Don’t donate these items at other donation centers — they do not have the capacity. 

  • To donate backpacks/school supplies, reach out to Melissa Warwick on Facebook

  • Per Haywood County: “Please hold all [other] storm donations for now. Donation centers have more resources than they can manage right now. This is a marathon, not a race, and we’ll need resources later on, too.”


Financial Donations

  • Cash donations to the Water’n Hole

  • Donate to Helping Hands of Haywood for money to provide hotel shelter to those displaced by flooding.

  • HaywoodOutdoorPantry 

  • Haywood County’s official partner for flood recovery financial donations is United Way of Haywood County

  • A donations link has also been established by NC Farm Bureau for the affected farm community at

  • Our Place Inn outdoor pantry in Maggie Valley offers this Amazon Wish List, especially accessible for people outside of the area who want to provide supplies.

  • Haywood County Schools: Funds will be used for various supports: feeding restoration workers; purchasing supplies, materials, and services related to restoration

  • Donate to this gofundme from Heather Hyatt-Packer at Mountain Murders True Crime Podcast — funds will be distributed.

  • Donate to Helping Haywood by visiting (select “Helping Haywood) in the drop-down menu

  • Donate to Helping Hands of Haywood at 

  • Donate to Feeding the Multitude on Venmo @FTM6375 or by mailing donation to Feeding the Multitudes at 50 Azalea Dr. Canton 28716

  • Woodland Baptist Church is accepting monetary donations. Select “Haywood Disaster Relief” at this link


Fundraisers (Things to Buy)

  • Buy a t-shirt: Proceeds will go to local charities and first responders


Individual Recovery Fundraisers

  • Bright family was on Mountain Meadow Lane and lost everything. Send donations to

  • Mother and daughter, lost home and rebuilding. Link to donate.

  • Family of Five, including an elderly woman, 5-year-old boy, 8-month-old baby, couple and pets. 

  • Help the Smathers Family 

  • Help the Deal Family

  • Parents with 6-year-old child

  • Kassi and Jarrett O’Neil

  • Mark, Pam, and Ashton

  • Tad Gumuski is working hard to salvage what he can, which hasn’t been much. Consider adding to his PayPal at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. If you have an extra laptop he could use one.


Lost and Found (all Facebook groups) 


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