Love with Boots on the Ground
Community CPR (Connecting People & Resources)
We are a disaster relief organization that mobilizes communities to help themselves.
We coordinate and offer resources and funding so neighbors help neighbors, restoring and improving people’s lives – and the community -- after a life crisis or natural disaster.
Community CPR is a 501(C)3 Nonprofit organization located in Columbus County, North Carolina.
CCPR (Connecting People and Resources) was founded by Wallyce Todd after Hurricane Matthew as a way of addressing unmet needs in the rural county her family had lived and worked in for almost 100 years. CCPR continued to grow after Hurricane Florence – although its work has grown to encompass helping people with many of life’s crises and disasters (fire, flood, domestic violence and other displacement issues).
CPR in the name stands for Connecting People and Resources, which is exactly what the organization does:
As Wallyce Todd has explained: “There were needs that weren’t being met, gaps that were not getting filled - and lots of it had to do with the absence of effective communication and intentional teamwork. Community CPR was created to stand in some of the gaps within our community. And to be a model for how other rural counties could address disaster and crisis-level community needs.”
Known for its warehouse in Whiteville (210 E. Walter St.), the community quickly became aware of making donations there as well as receiving home goods and furniture during times of crisis or disaster. The organization can provide safe drinking water through a state-of-the-art filtration system as well as providing other material needs such as clothing, diapers, baby formula, wheelchairs and more. But it’s also a safe and inviting place for clients to meet one-on-one with a case worker or volunteer to assess an issue and look at a myriad of resources CCPR can tap to assist.
"We do everything we can to help our clients,” said Wallyce. “We share other helpful resources offered by other nonprofits, worship centers, government agencies, etc. When we can, we make phone calls, send emails and make visits - all in an effort to connect people with the resources they need. We could not do any of this without our dedicated team of donors and volunteers. It truly is our mission to be #neighborshelpingneighbors... people who choose to be examples of 'love with boots on the ground,'" she said.
Some of CCPR partnerships include - but not limited to - Catholic Charities, Lutheran Services, Baptist Men, UMCOR, DSS, local schools and area churches/nonprofits as well as the county’s disaster response group.
Community CPR has amazing volunteers. The CCPR team is growing, but it will always have "room for more growth." Without people of all ages, backgrounds and life circumstances, there is no way the mission of the nonprofit could be met. From moving and delivering furniture, to organizing clothes and donations in the CCPR warehouse, to helping with increasing amounts of administrative tasks...the list goes on. There are a large number of ways volunteerism is needed – and helpful to the community both before, during and after a disaster.
Want to know more? Contact us to find out how you can be a part of Community CPR.
“II would like to thank ya'll on behalf of ADR Fire-Rescue Inc. for the help during Hurricane Florence. Your efforts were a true blesssing to the east end of the county. Again, a big THANK YOU. "
~Adam Coleman, Volunteer ADR Firefighter