Harvey Relief

by Crystal R. Mendoza Paulin

Hurricane Harvey caused record breaking floods and devastation to Texas— displacing an estimated 30,000 Houstonians from their homes. As a Texan this cause literally hits close to home— my sister is safe (for now) in the Northern part of Houston, but I know others who are not so lucky. If you can, please consider sending your support in whichever way you can to Texas.

Note: A plethora of charities and relief organizations always pop up after a natural disaster. While these non-profits may have the best intentions in mind, they may not have the infrastructure to manage the disaster relief. The following organizations are well-established with experience in previous natural disasters.

General Relief

The Greater Houston Community Foundation has set up, with the help of Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, a Harvey relief fund. This non-profit is an organization run by Houstonians for Houstonians.

The United Way of Greater Houston provides all manner of services for Harvey victims.

Food

Also consider supporting local food banks like the Houston Food Bank and the statewide Feeding Texas network.

Blood

As well as the American Red Cross, you can donate blood to Carter BloodCare and South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

Supplies

The Texas Diaper Bank is asking for donations as well as diapers and wipes to aid displaced moms with their children. Americares sends general supplies and medicines to disaster areas.

Animals

Please consider sending support to the SPCA of Texas and Houston Humane Society to protect the abandoned and displaced animals in Harvey's wake.

Vulnerable Populations

Portlight Strategies offers disaster relief services especially targeted for people with disabilities. Catholic Charities provides all manner of services to all people— especially undocumented immigrants.

Y por favor, si usted conoce a un inmigrante indocumentado, ¡educalos de estos servicios! Las organizaciones mencionado previamente sirven a todos— sin importar estado documental. ¡No arriesge el bienestar de usted o su familia!