Hurricane Harvey literally hits home for the Mom2 team. Houston was home to the first two Mom 2.0 Summits, and most of our team lives in Houston and Austin. The devastating storms and flooding are affecting us and our cities deeply and personally; as this unfolds, we want to share some resources to support people suffering throughout the Texas coastal region. Please give what you can, in funds, time, and social media amplification.
*This post will be updated as new information is received. Most recent additions, 8/29/2017
Crisis Intervention of Houston 713-HOT-LINE
24/7 phone lines answered for people who need to talk to someone when in distress
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, housed by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief. You can also pitch in by texting HARVEY or REDCROSS to 90999.
Rockport, Texas, was devastated by the initial impact of Hurricane Harvey. The Rockport Chamber of Commerce has links to many ways to support this community, and there is a GoFundMe to benefit the Rockport-Fulton Chamber Foundation.
The United Way of Greater Houston has launched the United Way Relief Fund to support the community in the aftermath of Harvey. You can specify funds go towards Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Waller County, or wherever they are most needed.
Jewish Family Services of Greater Houston has a JFS Staffed Crisis Hotline, at 713-364-5021, answered by a local therapist for weather-related anxiety. Please leave a message if no one answers. Give to the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support efforts to get food, water, and shelter to local families.
Catholic Charities Houston provides food, clothing, shelter and a network of support services to those dealing with the aftermath of this disaster.
How to donate money and other aid to communities of color in Houston. (via Colorlines)
CNN’s Public Good donation portal will split funds between these organizations: Convoy of Hope, Samaritan’s Purse, Americares, Direct Relief, Operation Blessing International Relief and Development Corps, Salvation Army, and Save the Children Federation.
Global Giving has a $2 million fundraising goal for a fund that will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support local relief and recovery efforts from this storm.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief’s Hurricane Harvey efforts.
Save the Children’s Hurricane Harvey relief supports their emergency responders on the ground.
Heart to Heart International and Convoy of Hope have teamed up to deliver water, supplies, hygiene and health kits, and minor medical care/tetanus shots. If you’re within two hours of the affected area, you can sign up to volunteer with Convoy of Hope.
Texas Diaper Bank needs donations to provide diapers to families affected and displaced by the hurricane. Diapers can be dropped off at their location at 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238
It can be tricky to know where to send your personal funds. These are all of the official members of the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD).
SPCA of Texas’s specific hurricane relief page shares that they are accepting in-kind donations in Dallas and McKinney, as well as monetary donations
San Antonio Humane Society is sheltering animals while their owners are displaced.
The Animal Defense League of Texas is soliciting sign-ups for those willing to foster animals displaced by the hurricane.
Feeding Texas is a central organization that helps to meet food needs throughout Texas. Most food banks request monetary donations during critical need times like this, as they can be used directly and require less manpower in sorting. The best material donations include canned meat and fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly. Cleaning supplies like bleach and paper towels are also accepted.
Houston Press has a list of all local food banks.
San Antonio Food Bank is the official coordinating agency in partnership with the City, County, and other nonprofit organizations for the donation of money and supplies in support of Harvey relief work in their region.
Central Texas Food Bank will distribute emergency food boxes to the affected regions.
The H-E-B grocery store chain has donated $100,000 towards Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, and has an in-store campaign for customer donations. All Houston area locations are currently closed.
Image credit: Jill Carlson
Public Safety, Shelter, and Health Care
City of Houston Emergency information.
Houston’s Coalition for the Homeless is updating available space in shelters here.
Shelter is available at the George Brown Convention Center in Houston. They need supplies and medical personnel.
Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center in Dallas is operating as a “mega-shelter”. They have specific instructions for volunteering and donating via several relief agencies.
Austin Convention Center is currently an American Red Cross headquarters, and is expecting to offer space for 7,000
Trusted World operates three shelters in Dallas and is serving people displaced by Hurricane Harvey, including at the Dallas Convention Center. They are accepting:
- new underwear
- new socks
- new warmups for men/ women / children and infants
- hygiene products
- Baby Items
- baby formula
- baby wipes
- Graco Pack n’ Plays for babies to sleep in
Drop off is at 15660 N. Dallas Parkway, just north of Arapaho on the north side of the Parkway.
Follow the signs to drop off donations. The donations center will open from 3-8 p.m. daily.
Green Point Educational and Revitalization Center and Green House International Church Hurricane Harvey Relief Center, providing relief to the GreensPoint and North Houston area.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been set up through the Austin Community Foundation by the Austin Disaster Relief Network to provide for the immediate and long-term physical needs of families impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
Donate blood: South Texas Blood and Tissue Center in San Antonio, Carter Healthcare in Texas (text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999 and a Carter BloodCare employee can tell you times and places to donate), or an American Red Cross drive