Hurricane Harvey: How to Help

The Gulf Coast is no stranger to hurricanes, and we are well-versed in helping our neighbors recover. Hurricane Harvey is proving to be an unprecedented storm that is going to take a lot of effort from many individuals and organizations to fully recover. While search and rescue efforts are ongoing and will be for several days, there are many ways you can help worthwhile organizations who are doing great work right now. We’ve assembled a list of organizations who need your help. Many first response organizations are already on the ground and need financial donations, supplies, or volunteers. There is a way for everyone to help!We have put together a list of organizations that are helping the most vulnerable populations in the area: children, abandoned pets, the disabled, and partners focused on environmental justice. Please take a moment and support our coastal neighbors with a donation. These children-focused nonprofits are in need:Texas Diaper Bank (San Antonio)Monetary Donations for relief kits for families with small children The Driscoll Children’s Hospital (Corpus Christi)Monetary donationsBlood (if local) Help animal rescue efforts:Houston SPCA Monetary donations until needs are assessed.SPCA of TexasFostering (very short term, esp. Large dogs in petless households) Monetary DonationsAmazon wishlistAustin Pets Alive! Monetary DonationsFosteringSupplies (large plastic/metal bins with lids for food storage, leashes, collars, cat litter, large brooms, cat beds, liquid laundry soap – DO NOT NEED crates or food right now – not enough storage) To help people living with physical disabilities: PortlightMonetary Donations To help homeless persons:Houston Coalition for the HomelessMonetary Donations Trusted World (Dallas-based)Monetary DonationsSupplies (clothing, non-perishables, toiletries, diapers, baby formula) Volunteers To Donate Money to Food Banks in the region:Feeding Texas Food Banks One donation will go to serve all of these food banks:Southern TX Food Bank*Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)*Barzos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)*Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)* Independent Food BanksHouston Food Bank Galveston Food Bank Corpus Christi Food Bank To donate to organizations who fight for social and environmental justice during disasters:Another Gulf Monetary DonationsTEJASMonetary Donations via PaypalL’eau Est La Vie CampCollecting donations for a grassroots delivery of itemsAnd if you’re wanting to volunteer, we encourage you to stay where you are and support local efforts to raise funds for Harvey’s victims. To find an organization to volunteer with WHEREVER YOU ARE, check out National VOADWe hope this list is helpful for you. Thank you for supporting our neighbors through this ongoing disaster.

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