Hurricane Harvey: How you can help
General ReliefSt. Bernard Project: Founded in 2006 after Hurricane Katrina, St. Bernard Project works out of a parish near New Orleans. After disasters, the organization rebuilds homes, advocates for recovery strategies, and advises policy makers, homeowners, and business owners about resilience. http://sbpusa.org/
Samaritan's Purse: Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational, Christian organization that provides spiritual and physical aid to people affected by disaster and poverty around the world. It focuses on helping victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine. https://www.samaritanspurse.org/
GlobalGiving: Founded in 2003, GlobalGiving is a funding platform that helps people find causes they care about. Users select projects they want to support, make a contribution, and get regular progress updates. https://www.globalgiving.org/
Convoy of Hope: Convoy of Hope is a faith-based nonprofit that works to fight hunger around the world. Founded in 1994, the Springfield, Missouri-based charity also responds to disasters. https://www.convoyofhope.org/
All Hands Volunteers: All Hands Volunteers works to address the long-term needs of communities affected by disasters. Over the last 12 years, the organization has enlisted over 39,000 volunteers who helped 500,000 people worldwide. https://www.hands.org/
Direct Relief: Direct Relief is California's largest international humanitarian nonprofit organization. It provides medical assistance to help people affected by poverty and disaster in the US and around the world. https://www.directrelief.org/
The Salvation Army: providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents. http://disaster.salvationarmyusa.org/
Houston area organizations:
Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/
United Way of Greater Houston: https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/
Food Bank of Corpus Christi: http://www.foodbankcc.com/
Houston Humane Society: http://www.houstonhumane.org/
San Antonio Humane Society: https://sahumane.org/
Austin/Georgetown area organizations:
Park Place Assisted Living: Needs linens (all bedding, sheets and blankets), towels and wash cloths. Also needed are gently used bed clothes (night gowns, pajamas, robes, slippers). You may call 512-868-6200 before donating or drop off at 121 FM 971, Georgetown.
Austin Disaster Relief Network: A network of area churches partnering with local businesses and agencies to organize, prepare and mobilize disaster relief. https://adrn.org/
Austin Pet Alive: Needs money, cat litter, and tarps. A complete list of needs are posted at https://www.austinpetsalive.org/hurricane-harvey-evacuations/ (512) 961-6519, W Cesar Chavez St, Austin, TX 78703.
Williamson County Animal Shelter: Needs money, animal carriers and unopened canned or dry dog and cat food. http://pets.wilco.org/ 512-943-3322, 1855 SE Inner Loop, Georgetown.
The Basics of Giving
Please consider the following suggestions from FEMA:
When disaster strikes, every little bit helps. To make the most of your contributions, please follow these guidelines and learn the most effective and safest ways to donate money, goods, or time following a disaster:
Money is best: Financial contributions are a great help after a disaster.
- Make sure you are giving to trusted organizations.
- Money (in stead of donated goods) is efficient for the organization since it is flexible to use, and requires no packaging or transport.
- Trusted organizations will ensure your money goes to help those in need.
- Organizations on the scene know what items and quantities are needed. It allows them to buy in bulk with discounts and, if possible, purchase through area businesses which supports economic recovery.
- Using checks or credit card will help you track your donation and provide income tax receipts.
Confirm donations needed. Critical needs change rapidly.
- Please confirm items needed BEFORE collecting.
- Pack and label carefully.
- Confirm delivery locations.
- Arrange transportation.
- Unsolicited goods that are NOT needed burden service organizations' ability to meet survivorsí needs, drawing away valuable volunteer labor, transportation, and warehouse space.
Connect to volunteers. Trusted organizations operating in the affected area know where volunteers are needed, and can ensure appropriate volunteer safety, training, and housing.