We have received numerous calls regarding how people can help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Financial contributions are what is needed most at the time.
We have heard from the local United Ways in Texas and Louisiana and they have stressed that they are still in "response mode." If you wish to send material goods, they will know more about what to send and where in the days ahead. For the time being, please refrain from trying to send items until more has been made clear.
Local United Ways in Texas have established relief funds and they have the best first-hand knowledge of what is needed most in their communities. United Ways of Texas has coordinated these efforts in one location: https://www.uwtexas.org/hurricane-harvey.
From the United Ways of Texas website:
As communities across Texas are facing Hurricane Harvey, United Ways across the state are there to help their communities in their recovery. Local United Ways often coordinate a community’s response and make sure the most vulnerable have the help that they need. In addition, United Ways often invest in their community’s first responders so that they can act quickly when a storm arrives, or in other community partners who help individuals impacted with rebuilding their lives. United Ways and their partner agencies are a critical part of a community’s short and long-term recovery from a storm like Harvey.
United Way Worldwide has established the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. With this fund, 100% of the donations will be provided to the local United Ways thanks to the generosity of Bank of America and American Express and no administrative fees will be taken. Learn more and donate at: https://www.unitedway.org/hurricane-harvey.
As part of United Way Worldwide's mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected region.
2-1-1 also has a list of resources to connect with other ways to make a financial donation, donate blood, or volunteer. Visit: https://uwc.211ct.org/hurricane-harvey/.
As events continue to unfold, more will become clear about what is needed to help the families of Texas. In the meantime, if you wish to help, we encourage you to support one of the local United Ways and their efforts. Please also note that many organizations are dissuading the collection of material goods for the moment until the delivery, storage and distribution of such items would be possible after floods subside and efforts can be coordinated.