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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.
Ways to Act:
- 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
- ACPA18 will coordinate service activities on the ground during our time in Houston for convention. More information will be shared about these opportunities in the months ahead. We need to give our partners on the ground time to deal with initial recovery efforts first.
- ACPA and ACPA18 will coordinate a service immersion experience for college students March 10 – 17 in Houston. Details are still very tentative, but we anticipate this experience will cost approximately $700 per student, inclusive of lodging and food, but exclusive of travel to/from Houston. If you might be interested in bringing a student group to participate, please share your information here.