Bull City Rebuilds was formed to help the individuals, families, and businesses impacted by the explosion in downtown Durham on April 10th, 2019.
Even with insurance and other community resources the injured and impacted will have unmet needs. This fund was created to try to help meet some of those often overlooked needs including medical expenses, impact from trauma, economic, and more.
To find out more about the fund, visit our Frequent Asked Questions (work-in-progress).
The City's Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Small Business Advisory Committee, and Durham NC Works Career Center will hold a series of joint sessions to offer information about support services available to those affected by the tragic gas explosion.
Business owners, including home-based business owners residing at West Village, non-profits and freelancers, can meet with business counselors at Durham Tech's Small Business Center at The Chesterfield Building, located at 701 W. Main St., on Monday, April 15 through Thursday, April 18 from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Businesses and residents that want stay up-to-date on the latest career and employment resources available for those affected by the explosion should visit the Office of Economic and Workforce Development webpage.
Mental Health Resources
Carolina Partners is offering free teletherapy sessions to individuals impacted by the explosion (you must reference the explosion in your intake forms to qualify for a free session). https://www.carolinapartners.com/telehealth-and-teletherapy/
“Residents and citizens should know we are Durham Strong.”
Council member Mark-Anthony Middleton
Other Ways to Support
United Way of the Greater Triangle (United Way), in partnership with Triangle Community Foundation, City of Durham, County of Durham and local nonprofits, has established the Durham One Fund to support the individuals and families impacted by the explosion in downtown Durham on April 10. The Fund will serve as a vehicle to accept donations for nonprofit organizations providing short and long–term human services for residents of Durham County in response to natural and/or large-scale disasters.
Lee Family Support
The owner of Kaffeinate, Kong Lee, was inside the building when it collapsed. Minutes prior, he had called his children, Diana and Raymond, to let them know he was closing up the shop. Mr. Lee was caring for and supporting his elderly mother. Organized by Diana’s friend Callie Brauel and UNC's Entrepreneurship Center, this fundraiser will help Diana and Raymond take care of their grandmother, pay for their father's funeral, and help with their living expenses while they figure out another source of income for their family.
Fundraiser for the Rambeaut Family
Jay Rambeaut, a 20+ year veteran of Dominion (PSNC) Gas responded to a call turn the gas off like he had hundreds of times before. Moments after his arrival, the building exploded. Thanks to fire and police personnel, he was pulled from the debris and rushed to Duke Trauma Center. Mr. Rambeaut is in a medically-induced coma and the extent of his injuries cannot be determined until he regains consciousness. Doctors have told the family of a brain injury, broken ribs, fractured sternum, and injuries to his right eye and ear. His wife, Lisa, and his son, Craig, will be out of work to care for him for an unknown length of time.
Fundraiser for the Lee Family
Jethro Libutan, a student at nearby Durham School of the Arts organized this fundraiser to help Kaffeinate rebuild its store.
The Durham Restaurant Workers Fund
Many restaurant workers are without income for the foreseeable future. Daniel Sartain of Bar Virgile organized this fundraiser to provide support for these displaced workers. Donate to The Durham Restaurant Workers Fund help lessen their burden, as many are just beginning what is sure to be an arduous journey.