Hurricane Harvey needs some relief, and we’re the ones who can help…

August 29, 2017

Like you, I’ve been watching Hurricane Harvey unfold, and I’ve been horrified (and saddened) over the sheer magnitude of its destruction. The news stories, regardless of how up-to-date and detailed, can only reveal so much, though. We can only imagine what it’s like to be caught in the thick of it, and my heart goes out to those who are having to endure the ongoing disaster as their reality. I want to help. And you probably want to help, too. In the face of natural disasters, humanity is united in its desire and willingness to help. We become the light within the darkness as we work toward rebuilding what is precious and what has been lost.

From my own personal experience and observations, I notice that we often rush to the large, nationally (sometimes globally) renowned organizations first. But when it comes to the effort of rebuilding communities, of providing aid to individuals who need it most, and making future security a possibility, I believe that community-based organizations are of utmost importance and urgency right now, and so they’ve become my primary targets. I’ve spotlighted some below, and this list is by no means complete. But this compilation of local nonprofits also sheds some insight on *how* you can specifically help Texas, from children, to seniors, to the provision of food and household supplies. You not only have the capacity to make a positive change, here and now, but you decide how. And the *when* part couldn’t be easier.

To Help Children
Texas Diaper Bank
Driscoll Children’s Hospital

Help for Animals
Special Pals Shelter
Houston SPCA
Austin Pets Alive

Help for Seniors
Interfaith Ministries (Meals on Wheels and aniMeals on Wheels)
Fort Bend Seniors
Catholic Charities

General Disaster Relief
Katy Christian Ministries
Greater Houston Community Fund
JJ Watt Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group

Islamic Society of Greater Houston

Provision of Food and Household Supplies
Houston Food Bank
Galveston Food Bank
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria)
Corpus Christi Food Bank

Help for the Homeless
Star of Hope Mission

Additionally, my friend Heidi Massey sent me this important article from Colorlines, a platform run by Race Forward. In addition to startling findings from a Red Cross investigation that left me angry, the piece provides access to a batch of helpful alternatives. The options are clear on who you’re helping (immigrant, Black, Latinx, and other populations), and how you’re helping them.

Special thanks to Melissa Harbich Houser of Positive Force Consulting for providing local connections.

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