From: Anita Porco <>
Sent: Monday, October 15, 2018 6:00 PM
To: Keith Kearney; Teresa Gagliano; Cheryl Smith; Roger Slingerman
Cc: Armando Contreras
Subject: Assistance to affiliates affected by Hurricane Florence and Michael


As you know the South and East Coast has been experiencing a series of weather events. In some cases the affiliate and their buildings are ok but staff members have lost their homes or had significant damage and in some cases lost vehicles and personal possessions as well.

Easterseals UCP of NC and Va. Childrens Center in Wilmington was severely damaged however 300 Wilmington and New Bern area employees were personally impacted by Hurricane Florence.  The degree of personal property loss varied across the region- from flooded cars, fallen trees & roof damage for most – to the severe structural & interior damage of the homes/apartments of more than 100 employees. Nine of whom pretty much lost everything.

Many of you have asked how you can help so here may be some ways for you to consider:

Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina is collecting Walmart or Target gift cards for staff. They can be sent to:

Leigh Elrod, Chief Human Resources Officer

Easter Seals UCP of North Carolina

5171 Glenwood Ave, Ste 211

Raleigh, NC. 27612-3266

They also have a Easter Seals UCP Staff Hurricane Recovery Fund that can be accessed at
 While the UCP affiliate structures that are owned by Sunrise were minimally affected by the hurricanes, Sunrise employees were greatly affected with loss of property and personal possessions. Walmart gift cards that can be distributed to staff to purchase clothing and other personal effects is very much appreciated. If you wish to provide a gift card/cards they can be sent to:
Zach Wray, CEO

9040 Sunset Dr.
Miami, FL 33173

Georgia and South Carolina were fortunate and had little damage so is focusing on helping North Carolina and Florida.

Alabama affiliates seem to be ok for now.

Thank you for any generosity that you can provide.

If you have questions please let me know.



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Anita Porco
VP of Affiliate Network
214-384-7104 (cell)
1825 K Street NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20006