On Wednesday, April 10th a gas leak caused an explosion in downtown Durham, killing one person and injuring more than 25 others, including first responders. The incident demolished buildings and shuttered several businesses. Here is some early comprehensive coverage of the explosion.

As a result, many individuals and families are facing medical expenses, some of whom are left without a means of earning an income. Although insurance will help the businesses recover their losses, there are human services needs in the community.

Our Goal

The United Way of the Greater Triangle and Triangle Community Foundation are collaborating with other partners to raise funds to meet the needs of community members affected by the explosion in Durham. We are working together to assess community needs stemming from this tragic event. A committee of individuals and organizations who best understand the needs of those impacted will help determine how these funds will be distributed through grants to nonprofit and/or government partners to meet the short-term and long-term needs of individuals and families affected by the explosion.

Support the Effort

You can support this effort by giving to the Durham One Fund through United Way of the Greater Triangle. You can make a secure donation through the United Way of the Greater Triangle here or use Donor Central to make a grant to the United Way of the Greater Triangle for the “Durham One Fundhere.

This fund is intended to not only meet the short and long-term needs of community members impacted by the explosion in Durham, but to also serve as a mechanism for responding to future emergencies or disasters in Durham.

This campaign will remain open through May 31, 2019, but may be extended as long-term needs become clearer.




Sarah Guidi

Program Officer
Phone 919.474.8370 ext: 4014
Email [email protected]