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Hurricane Matthew Relief

Area Recovery Cooperative, Inc.

Media Contact:

Keith Pierce, APR

ARC Publicity Committee

O: (843) 916-7235; C (843) 582-4778

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina – The Myrtle Beach area, known to millions as a fun, family-beach and golf destination, was hit hard by Hurricane Matthew. While the damage is still being assessed, relief is underway for both coastal and inland residents of Horry County impacted by this severe storm. A disaster recovery fund, initiated by the Area Recovery Cooperative, Inc. (ARC), is now accepting donations. The funds collected for the “Help The Grand Strand” disaster recovery fund will be used for human services that are currently unmet, enabling the residents of the entire Myrtle Beach area to recover as quickly as possible. 


1.       Mail a check
Make your check payable to Waccamaw Community Foundation.  In the memo line of your check, specify Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

Mail to: 

Waccamaw Community Foundation

3655 S. Highway 17 Business

Murrells Inlet, SC 29576

Pay by phone
Call 1-800-356-3016.  Beginning 9 a.m. Monday, October 10, 2016, operators will be happy to assist you in processing a credit card payment.

2.       Pay Online
Click here to process your payment online. Please specify Hurricane Matthew Relief Fund.

Your generous donation offers assistance to local citizens in the Myrtle Beach area impacted by the hurricane. The fund also helps ensure the swift and efficient economic recovery of the Myrtle Beach area that you and millions of visitors come to enjoy year after year.

About the Area Recovery Cooperative

The ARC was established after Hurricane Hugo in 1989 to allow individuals and businesses to help those in need. Recognizing the need to initiate recovery efforts in the local community, the ARC opened the disaster recovery fund. The fund is administered by the Waccamaw Community Foundation, (WCF), an organization established in 1999 to assist with charitable donations. The WCF is affiliated with the Coastal Communities Foundation. Money raised does not go directly to individuals, but to local nonprofit agencies providing specific human relief needs for local citizens..



Impact Ministries to Provide Disaster Relief

Conway, South Carolina – Impact Ministries along with the Waccamaw VOAD (Volunteer Organizations Active in Disaster) have partnered to assist homeowners in Horry County that may have experienced damage due to Hurricane Matthew.  Once home owners have a chance to safely assess their properties, they can visit the Myrtle Beach Disaster Relief website to fill out an application for assistance such as debris removal, removal of mud or water, sheetrock and more.  Once the application has been submitted, home owners will receive a response and assessors will be sent out as soon as it is safe to do so. 

It is important to fill out the application as soon as possible to receive assistance.

For more information, contact VOAD in the Horry County Emergency Operations Center at 843-915-5908.

Baptist Disaster Relief Announces Assistance for Flood Damaged Homes

Conway, South Carolina –Baptist Disaster Relief has announced assistance for homeowners whose properties were damaged by flood waters.  The assistance is without charge and is open to all Horry County property owners regardless of insurance; rentals and businesses are not eligible.  In order to qualify, home owners should contact the Federal Emergency Management Agency (1-800-621-3362/1-800-462-7585 TTY) to begin the disaster assistance process.  After applying through FEMA, homeowners will then need to obtain an application at any Red Cross shelter or at the Living Water Baptist Church located at 1569 Highway 9 East in Longs, SC.  Homeowners must apply in person.
Once qualified for assistance, Baptist Disaster Relief will assist the homeowner in removing damaged items and sheetrock and then apply a short term mold retardant (bleach/water).  Homeowners are reminded that Horry County does not provide debris pickup.  Debris will need to be taken to one of the 24 Horry County Solid Waste Authority’s recycling convenience centers (

​For further information, contact Baptist Disaster Relief at 919-946-2239.

US Small Business Administration Disaster Loan Fact Sheet

For more information on US Small Business Administration Disaster Loans, click here.

How to Help Horry County Disaster Relief Efforts

Conway, South Carolina – For those that would like to help with disaster relief efforts, the best way is to make a monetary contribution to one of the many Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOADs).  Agencies active in Horry County are:

While the outpouring of support for people wanting to donate is greatly appreciated, Horry County does NOT need additional resources at this time.  However, those offering resources needed for response or recovery efforts, and those who can offer transportation for donations may contact South Carolina Emergency Management’s Emergency Support Function (ESF)18 at (803) 737–8518 or (803) 737-8875.