The South Carolina Emergency Management Division has updated their information on donating and volunteering. There is a long list of options for monetary donations, as well as opportunities for donations of goods and services.
If you’re looking for the Catholic option, direct your funds to Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Charleston. This is an organization of the diocese itself, and is a go-to source around the state, particularly well known for legal aid and for preventing homelessness. If you strike up a conversation with someone homeless or not-quite-homeless in the Midlands, and you mention Catholic Charities, they’ll know just who you’re talking about.
Note that diocesan web pages aren’t updated with very much disaster information yet — that would be because HQ is down on the coast, still wet and getting wetter. But Catholic Charities is already putting together plans for long term recovery work in the aftermath of the flood. You can donate online here.
A levee breach at the Columbia Riverfront Canal, Columbia, S.C., during a statewide flood Oct. 5, 2015. The South Carolina National Guard has been activated to support state and county emergency management agencies and local first responders as historic flooding impacts counties statewide. Currently, more than 1,100 South Carolina National Guard members have been activated in response to the floods. (U.S. Air National Guard photo by Tech. Sgt. Jorge Intriago/Released)
South Carolina National Guardsman from the 1052th Transportation Company cover a truckload of sandbags preparing to head out to one of several locations in S.C. at the Wateree Correctional Facility, Oct. 3, 2015 to prevent flooding in low-lying areas in the wake of Hurricane Joaquin. The National Guardsmen transported the sandbags after the inmates filled them and then delivered the completed sandbags to one of the drop-off points in Chester, Columbia, Greenville, Florence and Clinton. Soldiers from the S.C. National Guard train throughout the year in preparation for these types of natural events and are always at the ready when the Governor calls to assist in emergency response or disaster clean up. (U.S. Army National Guard Photo by Sgt. Brad Mincey/Released).