ACPA18 Houston Cares. ACPA18 Houston Acts.
Ways to Act:
ACPA18 is coordinating two service activities on the ground during our time in Houston for convention.
Project A: The Women’s Home Cottage Shop
On Monday, 12 March, from 10am-12pm, ACPA18 attendees will be working alongside The Women’s Home Cottage Shop to help with a variety of tasks that keep the shop running smoothly. The Cottage Shop is an extension of The Women’s Home which seeks to “help women in crisis regain their self-esteem and dignity, empowering them to return to society as productive, self-sufficient individuals.” It offers job training, a fun shopping experience for the community, and generates approximately 13% of The Women’s Home’s operating income.
Transportation and light snacks will be provided. To register, please fill ou
t this short form (link) . If you have questions, you can contact the CSI’s Community Service/Service-Learning team at email@example.com. Spots will be open for the first fifteen registrants, so sign up soon!
Project B: The Montrose Center
We are providing an opportunity for attendees and members to give back through monetary contributions to benefit the Montrose Center. The Montrose Center helps connect the LGBTQ+ and HIV positive communities to resources, organizations, and services.
We will be accepting cash, checks or gift cards from Target, Walmart, Lowes, Home Depot, Dollar Store, and AutoZone to support the efforts of The Montrose Center. If providing gift cards, please make sure to write the amount somewhere on the card. Donations can be dropped off at the HUB Resource Area located by Registration on the third floor of the George R. Brown Convention Center.
Convoy of Hope:
This group distributes emergency supplies and is on the ground in areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. In addition to financial donations, they are looking for volunteers who live within two hours of the storm-damaged area. Visit www.convoyofhope.org
Ways to Care:
For individuals outside of Texas and Louisiana, the most helpful way to assist at this point in time is through monetary donations to provide assistance and relief to those that most need it on the ground. The Houston Chronicle has compiled a list of organizations in need, and we will continue to update as we become aware of other organizations. If you know of an organization that should be listed, please email Tricia Fechter Gates (firstname.lastname@example.org).
- Houston Food Bank helps provide meals for hungry neighbors in emergencies and all year round.
- United Way of Greater Houston has set up a relief fund that people can donate to. The organization said its first priority is shelter and basic needs like food. The organization said it will also focus on long-term recovery efforts.
- LGBTQ Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Fund: Donations will help LGBTQ community members displaced by the story. The fund is managed by the Montrose Center.
- Pets affected by Hurricane Harvey are being taken in by animal shelters across Texas, including the SPCA of Texas, Austin Pets Alive and the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Humane Society is also available, with limited staff.
- Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has set up this fund for tax-deductible flood relief monetary donations. It will be housed at the nonprofit Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- HISD Foundation: Help HISD students and families in need of storm relief.
- Harris County Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management: For donations call 1-800-924-5985.
- Volunteer Houston: This volunteer-agency match program connects those interested in helping others to groups in need. Look here for ways to donate now, and ways to help in the cleanup that’s sure to come. Visit volunteerhouston.org
- The Greater Houston Black Chamber of Commerce has set up a donation fund to support African-American businesses affected by Hurricane Harvey. Check donations can be made payable to GHBC Foundation, 4828 Loop Central Drive, Suite 100, Houston, TX, 77081
- Jewish Family Service of Houston: This local nonprofit is accepting donations to handle immediate needs of those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey and its flooding. The group provides a variety of services, including mental health and support counseling.
- Jewish Federation of Greater Houston: This nonprofit provides a variety of services to the Houston community.
- Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston Disaster Recovery Fund
- Casa Juan Diego Catholic Worker House shelter for immigrants: Financial donations to assist those who have lost much in the flood and hurricane can be sent to P.O. Box 70113, Houston, TX 77270.
- The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or to text 90999 to donate $10.
- Apple is letting users donate to the American Red Cross directly on iTunes and App Store.
- Red Cross is also seeking blood donations. Texas organizations Carter BloodCare and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are also seeking blood donations.
- Salvation Army: Donations will help provide physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers in areas affected by Tropical Storm Harvey. To donate to the Salvation Army, click here.
- Global Giving: This crowdfunding site is trying to raise $2 million to help storm victims. To donate to Global Giving, click here.
- Heart to Heart International: The group’s disaster response team delivers water, supplies, hygiene/health kits to affected areas. To donate to HHI, click here.
- Islamic Relief USA: This national group funds a variety of efforts, including disaster and emergency response efforts under way in Houston. Click here.
- Mattew 25 Ministries: This faith-based group provides humanitarian aid and disaster relief worldwide. They accept monetary and product donations. Click here.
- DonorsChoose.org is collecting funds to help teachers rebuild and restock their classrooms with books and other classroom supplies. All of the donations to the relief fund will support classroom projects.
- Better Than a Hotel is temporarily making all of their available rentals in Austin and College station free for evacuees affected by Hurricane Harvey. For those in need of shelter can contact Albert Smith, director of business development and marketing at albert@BetterThanAHotel.com.
- Airbnb has launched a site for people looking for a place to stay and for those who can offer shelter. Fees are waived for people who check in before Sept. 1.
- Americares, an emergency response organization based in Connecticut, is delivering relief supplies and working with a local clinic in Houston. They are taking donations here.