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 brunchandconversation@gmail.
How to help;
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 Texas: The 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 WATERS: I 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.
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.
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.
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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