As Hurricane Harvey rages through Texas with extensive flooding and detrimental winds, homes are falling apart and individuals are stranded with few places to turn. 15 people have died and the death toll continues to rise.
How can we help the organizations providing help as Harvey’s victims fight for their lives? While volunteers are greatly appreciated, we can’t all get there and physically help. The need for funding is essential.
In addition to starting a crowdfunding campaign on UHelp.com to raise money for the destruction of Harvey’s wake, there are numerous ways you can provide relief. If your foundation, nonprofit or corporation offers a grant that can help the victims of the storm, you can post the information on GrantWatch.
We have compiled a list of 18+ established organizations that are currently accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Why 18+? 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word for Chai, which represents life. Why the plus sign? As you let us know of other established organizations with relief funds that are working for the survival of the Hurricane Harvey victims, we will add them to our ever-growing list.
Red Cross opens overnight shelters, distributes emergency supplies, prepares hot meals, snacks and water for those in need and provides physical and mental health volunteers for first-aid treatment, prescription-medication and/or eyeglass replacement and emotional support.
Americares provides medicine, supplies, water and medical aid in emergency situations.
Best Friends’ provides emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters, providing lifesaving work in disaster situations.
4. Coalition for the Homeless
The Coalition supports organizations that directly provide services to homeless individuals. The organization is accepting donations to assist displaced individuals as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Feeding Texas’ food banks provide food boxes, shelter meals and cleaning supplies to families impacted by the storm.
The Foundation is a public charity in Houston under which Houston Mayor Sylvester Turned has created the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund for the victims of the recent floods.
7. Heart to Heart International
HHI supplies water, hygiene kits, Tetanus shots and other medical care to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.
8. Houston Food Bank
Disaster-relief donations to Houston Food Bank will help provide food and supplies for southeast-Texas residents who need it most.
The Humane Society helps animals and their owners dealing with Harvey’s floods. The organization evacuates animals out of the disaster areas, providing both transport and rescue.
10. Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative
The Initiative provides food, clothing and Yomtov needs to Jewish families and institutions facing Harvey’s aftermath.
The Board deploys crisis buckets of storm supplies, prepares hot meals and performs mud-out, chainsaw and cleaning services on damaged homes.
12. Orthodox Union
The OU provides financial help for post-storm rebuilding.
Portlight uses inclusive disaster strategies to assist people with disabilities affected by catastrophes.
14. Salvation Army
The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors and relief workers and will support long-term recovery tactics following immediate disaster-response efforts.
Samaritan’s Purse establishes tractor-trailer volunteer stations in disaster zones. Teams of volunteers provide damage-repair services such as cutting trees, tarping roofs, and performing mud-outs.
The Federation provides supplies and services to families in shelters.
The Diaper Bank gives diapers and disaster-relief kits to families with young children.
18. United Airlines
The Airline is taking up donations for larger disaster-relief organizations such as Red Cross, Airlink, Americares, etc. The Airline is also giving away airline miles in exchange for donations.
If you prefer to donate physical supplies, Seasons collects and transports high-demand items for the survivors in Houston, TX.
If you are looking for another way to help those impacted by the flooding in the Houston region, Chabad-Lubavitch Center, Texas Regional Headquarters has created an Amazon Wish List with basic items that are desperately needed as supplies run out.
If you would like to start a UHelp campaign for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, sign up here.
If you know of a well-established organization that is accepting donations that is not listed here, please provide the details in the comment section below and send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay Safe, Texas.
About the Author: Staff writer for UHelp