How Non-Houstonians Can Help Hurricane Harvey Victims
Hurricane Harvey has devastated southeast Texas, especially the place I call home, Houston. While I'm extremely blessed to be safe and alive, suffering no damage from the storm, countless others have not been nearly as lucky. I've received many calls and messages from friends all over the country asking how they can help, as many feel helpless as they watch everything unfold from afar. As a result, I've curated a list of ways non-Houstonians can help those in need, as well as organizations actively taking donations and working on the ground to help Harvey victims.
Make Financial Donations
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner's Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
The United Way Relief Fund by United Way of Greater Houston, helping provide shelter and basic needs, as well as long term recovery initiatives.
Houston Texans JJ Watt's YouCaring.com Flood Relief Fund, which has now reached $6 million and counting.
Interfaith Ministries, the organization behind Meals on Wheels and senior citizen and refugee aid.
The Houston Food Bank, helping provide food and supplies to flood victims, both immediately and in the long run.
The Houston Humane Society, helping to rescue and shelter displaced animals from the flood.
BakerRipley, a neighborhood center currently working to provide shelter and supplies, as well as long term disaster relief.
Houston's local grocer H-E-B, helping serve food and supplies in Houston, Rockport, and more.
The Coalition for the Homeless of Houston, providing emergency shelter for homeless and displaced Houstonians.
The Texas Children's Hospital, in need of monetary donations to fund supplies and resources for patients.
Make Physical Donations
The Hive Society, accepting care packages to be donated to local organizations, shelters, and churches. Address: 12806 Clermont Harbor Ct, Houston, TX 77045
Texas Diaper Bank, accepting donations of baby and adult diapers, formula, wipes, and blankets. Address: 5415 Bandera Road Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238
Additional Ways To Help
Donate directly to people you know and trust to deliver supplies on your behalf to local churches, schools, and other locations that cannot wait for out-of-state donations.
Donate to and/or sponsor families you know have been directly affected by the storm, using platforms like GoFundMe and Facebook. (However, use your best judgement when giving to strangers.)
List your Airbnb for free to accommodate victims in the area. All service fees are waived until September 25, 2017.
We are a strong and resilient city that will bounce back better than ever, but right now, in our time of need, all help and prayer is more than appreciated. If you know of any other local organizations helping Houstonians or additional ways to help, please share details in the comments. Thank you!