August 29, 2017
Blankets, shoes, underwear, pet food, diapers, socks, water…the basics are needed for the human and pet victims of Hurricane Harvey. This Category 4 hurricane that landed on Friday night continues to dump rain and gain strength to hit more of the coastal states. This storm has been labeled as the worst and most costly disaster in the US in years reaching potentially $40B in damage.
The storm is expected to displace over 30,000 people from their homes. The residents of Houston have been the hardest hit across the region with continual widespread and unprecedented flooding in the surrounding areas. In Houston alone, there are over 9,000 people displaced and most living in the convention center, some with only the clothes on their back.
We at TechCo are helping to get the word out and encourage people to donate to verified charities and organizations to help in this relief effort. The American Red Cross has also put out an all call emergency for blood, if you can donate please click here to find a location.
*Please note that there are scams out there and criminals are trying to take advantage of people, leading them to donate to fake charities. See our warnings at the end of the article.
National Donation Options
If you’re interested in helping the people affected by Hurricane Harvey, here is a list of reputable organizations that you can donate to:
- The American Red Cross (You can also make a $10 donation by texting “REDCROSS” to 90999)
- The Salvation Army
- All Hands Volunteers
- Samaritan’s Purse
- Direct Relief
- Amazon (donate money or send essentials directly from your account)
- Facebook – The Center for Disaster Philanthropy
- Save the Children
*Remember to check your local grocery stores for donation drives as well.
Texas-Specific Volunteer and Donation Options
If you want to make more of a local effort, there are also Texas-specific relief efforts to assist with pet shelters, giving blood, etc.
- Texas Diaper Bank – Texas Diaper Bank is putting together disaster relief kits for families with young children.
- SPCA of Texas – Assist with the care of pets uprooted by the storm
- Greater Houston Community Foundation: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
- Shelters Around Houston & Surrounding Counties
- Central Texas Shelters
- Victoria County United Way
- Team Rubicon
- National VOAD
- Houston Coalition for the Homeless
- Covenant House Texas – shelter for homeless youth
- Portlight – assistance for the disabled
- Texas Diaper Bank
- Corpus Christi Food Bank
- Galveston County Food Bank
- Houston Food Bank
- Victoria County Food Bank
- Driscoll Children’s Hospital in Corpus Christi
- DonorsChoose.org – help teachers rebuild and restock their classrooms
How to Volunteer in Texas
- Harris County rescue efforts need to borrow boats/high water vehicles: call (713) 881-3100
- The Houston Police Department has put the call out for boat owners looking to volunteer to assist with water rescues. If you have a boat and you’d like to help, call (713) 881-3100. If you can’t get through on the first call, the department suggests to keep trying.
- Convoy of Hope – Hurricane Harvey Volunteer sign up
- National VOAD
- Salvation Army – Volunteers
- Montrose Center: LGBT Community Donations/Volunteers
- Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group
The following charities and organizations are Austin specific and are maintained by maintained by a team from CreativeMornings/Austin on a volunteer basis.
- We Are Blood –Donate blood at Austin’s local blood bank
- The Red Cross is looking for volunteer musicians to play at Austin shelters email Stephanie Bergara with the City of Austin’s Music Office.
- If you operate an Airbnb in Dallas, Austin, or San Antonio you can offer your space for free.
- There is a request for bilingual Spanish/English speakers to assist Red Cross at 4601 Pecan Brook Drive today (Aug. 29th)
Volunteer and/or Donate:
- Austin Pets Alive needs help fostering transferred animals. See list of their current needs for volunteers and items to be donated. And you can donate directly to their Amazon Wishlist.
- Burger Stadium in Austin is now open as evacuee center. Urgent need: diapers, sanitary products, clothing, shoes. No food. Drop off at entrance.
- Counter Balance ATX (non-profit org. dedicated to improving the quality of life for impoverished women) is seeking volunteers to help research, identify, and confirm places that are acting as shelters for evacuees.
- Austin Disaster Relief Network: The Hope Family Thrift Store at 1122 E 51st Street will be receiving donations. See this list for needed items.
- uShip is partnering with Austin-area companies to collect donations. They are opening their office to serve as a collection center. Donations will be accepted through the end of this week, shipping out this weekend.
- Lyft’sHarvey Relief Supply Drive: Thursday, 8/31 at EastSide Tavern open to all, not just drivers, despite the site’s text
- Central Texas Food Bank
- Austin Diaper Bank
- Art Supply Drive benefiting families in Houston shelters
- Austin Justice Coalition – Donation drop-offs and pick-ups
- United Way of Texas
Beware of Scams
Before you donate to victims of Hurricane Harvey, make sure you know exactly where your donation is going. If you receive any solitication via email, social media or text, make sure to check the name of it and verify the name at one of these sites such as GiveWell, Charity Navigator, Charity Watch, or the Better Business Bureau to make sure an organization is legitimate. Remember to not click on any link just because it has a name of a charity.
Thank you for donating.
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