Hero Nominations – Heart of Matthew Luncheon

“The Heart of Matthew”  ~ Hero Nominations

Hurricane Matthew hit Cumberland County one year ago on October 8, 2016, and many of our residents are still recovering from its devastating impact.  CDRC will mark the one-year anniversary with a luncheon honoring the unsung heroes of our community.  Do you know a hero?  Please help us identify and honor these heroes by nominating someone who went above and beyond the call of duty to help others during the events prior to, during, or after the storm.  We need your help identifying our local unsung heroes.

CDRC is hosting the “The Heart of Matthew” luncheon honoring these heroes on Thursday, October 19, 2017, from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.  The event will be held at Snyder Memorial Baptist Church, located at 701 Westmont Drive, Fayetteville.   All nominations must be received by Tuesday, September 5, 2017.

HEROES: Heroes come in many shapes and sizes.  If you know someone that you think is a hero, don’t hesitate to nominate him/her.  We can honor individuals, groups, adults, children and even pets.  We appreciate creative nominations.

Open the Nominations Letter & Form:  Adobe/PDF  or Word Doc RTF


1. Candidate must live, work, or attend school in Cumberland County.

2. Candidate must have performed an act of heroism, demonstrated extraordinary courage, or performed an outstanding humanitarian deed during the time frame from October 8, 2016 to March 31, 2017.

3. A team of people may be nominated together if the action or act was performed by the entire team and not just one member of the team.

Nominations must include the following:

Tell us why the individual (or team) is a hero by describing the act of heroism, courage, or humanitarian deed.
Describe the impact the act had on the community.
Tell us why you believe the individual (or team) should win the award.


Nomination forms must be received by Tuesday, September 5, 2017 to be considered for the Heart of Matthew event.  Award decisions will be based upon information provided in your nomination form and will be reviewed by our Hero Selection Committee.  Please be specific with as many details as possible, including any available media coverage.

Open the Nominations Letter & Form: Adobe/PDF or Word Doc RTF

If you have questions please speak with Bill Heustess via e-mail at events@cdrcnc.org, or by calling the office at (910) 491-3694.

Fayetteville since Hurricane Matthew

Fayetteville since Hurricane Matthew

It is the end of June and Six families still remain in hotels, 9 months after the hurricane.

        Can you imagine living in a hotel for 9 months?

Likely having no real kitchen to speak of, no refrigerator, no stove, no individual bedrooms, one bathroom for everyone, no room for books or toys, no privacy…. further away from your place of employment or your school…  This kind of living is stressful, expensive, challenging, disruptive.   In Lumberton the number of families still in hotels is much higher. This is why the rebuilding-recovery work remains urgent.

       In addition to people in hotels many people are in temporary housing – rentals, trailers, living with extended family, etc. while homes and businesses are rebuilt.

Paying both rent in temporary shelter while also paying a mortgage on a home you cannot use is a financial nightmare for so many survivors.

The Long Term Recovery work provides not only mental health support for these stressful realities, it also provides case management to assist people in navigating the various sources of help needed to live in these challenging times.  Our Long Term Recovery Groups speak with and on behalf of survivors to raise money and volunteers to get our neighbors back on their feet.


  • We leverage grants,
  • we appeal to business,
  • we seek volunteers,
  • we raise awareness,
  • we care, we help,
  • we offer light in darkness. 
This rebuilding can only be truly done with your help. Please volunteer today.

Pressing Needs

Urgently NEEDED in Fayetteville:

  • Several survivors are in need of dressers and the Furniture bank is currently out of them. All dressers must be in nearly like new condition. (we cannot do repairs or repainting)
  • The Fayetteville CDRC needs the participation of community members to be on committees (this is not construction work!)
  • Volunteer Work Groups to repair homes
    • for an overnight group willing to work in Fayetteville or Lumberton, please contact Eden Roberts at Volunteer Management Office of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance at the National Call Center  1.866.732.6121 (toll-free) or UMCOR Don Evans devans @ nccumc.org
    • To volunteer but not stay overnight, just contact CDRC or UMCOR Don Evans devans @ nccumc.org
  • The CDRC Coalition Partners meet together every other Tuesday at 5:30PM. Visitors are welcome to come learn about the volunteer opportunities.

POSTED June 30, 2017

Needed Donations

On October 8, 2016 the CDRC lost its own offices in the Hurricane Matthew Flooding. This included the loss of computers, records, office supplies, furniture and more. So we humbly ask the community to support us with these donations for running the CDRC office. The office is now located in the Community Foundation building at 310 Green Street, Downtown.