Monday, September 4, 2017

Houston Bars Supporting Hurricane Harvey Relief

You know, we are almost a week post Harvey(in Houston) and who would have thought that Texas would be the state to unite the country. I've read stories and heard of different people who've driven many miles just to come land a helping hand in Texas. It is amazing to see how much good there is left in our world, sometimes our TVs show so much of the bad that we forget what greatness we are capable of. Many people from all walks of life have united on a mission to save "our neighbor."

It's definitely been one crazy couple of days that grabbed headlines across the country and even got international coverage. Many people have lost a lot, that's one thing that not many can see; in fact I can't really see it either. But what I do know if Houston, and I know there are many communities who have lost a lot and any help would be appreciated.

With tomorrow, well today as I write this, being Labor Day I wanted to encourage you to go out and have fun while supporting the community. The  industry has decided to revive a drink that I had never heard of called the " Harvey Wallbanger" through a series of fundraising events to support the recovery efforts. This cocktail is said to have been created in the early 1950s, this cocktail consists of Vodka, Galliano liqueur and orange juice(Don't ask me what that tastes like, but it is said that the Galliano makes the drink). Let's stop here for a sec, doesn't the name of the drink remind you of something? UGH...Go away Harvey!

Anyway, Houston area bartenders have come together on a "Harvey Wallbanger Month" to create their own version of this cocktail with 100% of the proceeds going to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, the Gialliano brand is said to also donate to relief effort. If there is a local bar not listed below, please let me know.

Drink responsibly & don't forget curfew(lol).

Anvil Bar & Refuge

Better Luck Tomorrow

The Pastry War

Tongue Cut Sparrow

Lei Low

Nightingale Room

Weights & Measures

Revelry on Richmond

Rosewater Clearlake

Eight Row Flint

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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Support Texas: Hurricane Harvey Relief

Writing this from my apartment in Houston, Texas. I'm one of the lucky residents who hasn't been affected by Hurricane Harvey. This is a devastating time and I can't help but wish I could do more, but I am currently in my apartment reaching out to different organizations to figure out how I and my company can help.

If you're an out-of-stater reading this and have a co-worker living in any of the areas in Texas affected by the storm, please reach out. Try to be sensitive to their situation, no deadline is more important than someone's health and safety. Shoot them a message or a call and check on them. Houston alone has a population of 6+ million and many were affected or will be affected, many have lost their homes, belongings and some have lost loved ones. 

For those feeling helpless thinking there's nothing you can do, there is so much you can do on the ground and from a distance. I wanted to make this list for those who really want to help, but might be hesitant to making monetary donations to suspicious sources or larger organizations that already have a lot of support. 

Also, I am currently looking to organize a fundraising event along with my Houston Food Blogger Collective members of over 150+ members. I am looking for any restaurants, or brands that would like to help us with a fundraising dinner to raise funds and canned goods for those affected by the storm. Please feel free to reach out if you or anyone would like to help

How to help;

Financial Support:

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Mayor Sylvester Turner has established this fund and it will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Builders Without Borders of TexasThe organization focuses on clean-up and rebuilding, they'll be doing lots of work once the storm recedes and their stores are opened back up.  All of the money raised to will be used toward Harvey clean up and rebuild. 

Target Hunger:  They need your help to assist vulnerable seniors, children and families recover from the catastrophic floods caused by Hurricane Harvey.

Baker Ripley: a community development organization that supports the long-term recovery efforts. They've worked very closely people displaced during Katrina and are working to help those displaced due to Harvey. Donate to their long-term recovery fund which will go towards helping members of the community rebuild.

 West Houston Assistance Ministries: Local organization is looking for donations to help those impacted by the flood.

JJ Watt's Flood Relief Fund: Texans Player JJ Watt created a fundraiser which quickly surpassed his original donation plan. He has since opened it up to get more donations coming in for the city.

I AM WATERSI Am waters will deliver much needed water to George R Brown Convention Center. Please support their Disaster Relief efforts to supply water to 69,000 displaced citizens.

Rebuilding Together Houston: Rebuilding Together impacts the lives of hundreds of Houstonians each year. They perform many home repairs for those who are unable, across the city. 

Heart to Heart International: HHI's disaster relief team is in TX providing supplies, hygiene and health kits to those affected by Harvey. The are taking donations

The Victoria County Interfaith Disaster Response: All funds are set to go to the community of Victoria, TX to support any unmet needs. 

Volunteer Support:

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is currently needed support for the many shelters around the city, and they are in need of volunteers to work various shift at various location around town. Follow that link and sign-up before arriving to any of their shelters. (P.S. the process was smooth, but might be slow now due to many people wanting to help)

All Hands Volunteers:  501(c)3 non-profit organization that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities. They have deployed a team to TX and are currently accessing the needs in different cities and taking volunteers for Corpus Christi and Houston.

Hope City: Local church is assembling an Emergency Response team to aid in Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Sign up to serve and help rebuild the various communities.

Eight Days of Hope: This non-profit organization will be in Texas for the next few weeks, helping restore people's homes.

Builders Without Borders of TexasIf you would like to be on their text list to get updates on volunteering, text your number to Lori at 832-498-3957.

Volunteer Houston: Sign up and create a profile to receive notifications for disaster response needs.

Barker Ripley: Sign-Up for volunteer alerts from Barker-Ripley.

Other Support:

State Bar Volunteer Attorney: If you are an attorney, donate your time and services to those needing it during this time. Sign-up to be a volunteer attorney.

George R. Brown Convention Center: They are in need of medical professionals

Offer Your Home: Airbnb will waive all service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between August 23, 2017 and September 25, 2017. Open you place up for someone who needs housing.

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