Here is how you can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey all along the Gulf Coast.
Donate to Harvey Relief:
- Red Cross Donations being accepted via their website.
- JJ Watt Houston Relief Fund
- United Way
- 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.
To Help Kids
- The Texas Diaper Bank, which is based out of San Antonio, is putting together relief kit for families with very small children who need access to clean diapers in the midst of flooding and evacuations. Diapers take up a lot of space in a delivery truck, which means that other relief organizations have to decide between bringing diapers or food to affected areas. The Texas Diaper Bank fills in that need.
- The Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi weathered the storm well, never losing power. It’s accepting financial donations now, and if you live in the area and want to help, you can also donate blood. They serve a large area, and people from many affected parts of the coast are likely to need their services.
To Help Animals
- The SPCA of Texas is taking in hundreds of animals transferred from shelters on the coast who aren’t safe where they are right now. You can donate to the organization to help defray the costs—or you can open your home and foster a displaced animal until it can be reunited with its owner.
- Austin Pets Alive! is doing similar work, and has similar needs—cash, to keep operating, and volunteers to foster animals. They can also use certain pet supplies: large plastic or metal bins with lids to store food, leashes and collars, cat litter, large brooms, cat-specific beds, and liquid laundry soap. (The organization says they’re good on crates and pet food now, and don’t have much space to store them.)
- San Antonio is accepting pet evacuees and human evacuees at 200 Gembler Road, San Antonio tx, 78219
- Habitat for Horses
To Help People With Medical Needs
- Portlight, which has provided inclusive relief to people with disabilities for twenty years is working to ensure that people who require medical equipment and assistive technology have what they need after they evacuate, and to make sure that those same folks are able to get to safety.
- Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people are able to get what they need when they need it. They’re accepting financial contributions.
To Provide Food
- Here’s a list of food banks in both affected areas and in places where those affected are likely to spend some time in the immediate aftermath of the storm:
- Houston Food Bank
- Galveston Food Bank
- Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
- Corpus Christi Food Bank
- Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont)
- Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr)
- Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan)
- Central Texas Food Bank (Austin)
- San Antonio Food Bank
- Houston Food Bank
To Help The Homeless
- The Houston Coalition for the Homeless is facilitating shelter for homeless people in Houston, including offering up-to-date information about which shelters currently have space, who’s the best fit for each one, and how to get there safely.
To Help Farmers
- The Texas Department of Agriculture’s STAR Fund is a resource made up entirely of private donations that go to farmers and ranchers affected by the storm.
To Help Those Displaced
- If you’re not in one of the affected areas and you have a spare room, you can host someone by listing your home on Airbnb for free, with no service fees to anyone. Right now, most of the listings are in Austin, Dallas, and San Antonio. If you’re in any of those cities—or another part of the state that’s not experiencing flooding—you might consider listing your space so displaced people have more options.
- In Dallas, Trusted World is operating three shelters for evacuees. They need donations, supplies (clean clothing, non-perishable food, toiletries, diapers, and baby formula), and volunteers to help sort out the things that people have dropped off.
- Global Giving is trying to raise $2 million to help those affected by the storm. The organization provides food, gas, clean water, hygiene products, and shelter in the short-term, and then funnels the remaining resources to local organizations to facilitate long-term recovery.
- HEB announced on Sunday that they’d be collecting donations at the register for the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, and Feeding Texas. Be aware that the supermarket chain provides emergency response services, mobile kitchens, and disaster-response units to affected areas.
This is not a complete list of organizations who are aiding in disaster relief, but we encourage you to help in any way you are able.