Last Updated September 5, 2017, Additions and edits are highlighted in yellow.
This article is not typical for this blog, but I thought long about it, and it is important to me. I know that there are natural disasters and awful things happening all over the world, and sometimes it is easier to retreat in our homes and forget about the bad. I also want to note, while writing this, my heart aches for anyone in similar situations, I just can’t reasonably write about all of them.
As an American, someone who is passionate about traveling, and also as someone who has been involved with post-disaster public policy research, this is such a close topic to my heart. Whenever something like this happens I feel so overwhelmed by the tragedy, but also by watching everyone come together. I wanted to compile a list of places you can donate cash, items, or time to in Houston.
As I am writing this the storm touched down again in Lousiana so I will add more to the list as I find the information.
I am looking for honest, on the ground organizations who need immediate assistance. If you work or volunteer with any organizations and seeking assistance, get in touch with me to be featured on the list. Comment below or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
According to their Facebook page, they are accepting new underwear and socks of all sizes, non-perishable food, toiletries, feminine hygiene products, diapers and wipes, formula, moving boxes, and volunteers. Drop-off location: 15660 N. Dallas Parkway and hours: 3 pm to 8 pm Monday and 9 am to 7 pm Tuesday to Friday.
Is operating as a shelter with the American Red Cross. As per their Facebook page they are accepting donations but are done accepting clothing but still accepting water and food. Their drop off location is 10011 Midway Rd Dallas, TX 75229
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center of Dallas is now working as a mega shelter and seeking volunteers (which must register online) and donations in the form of new undergarments, baby item, and toiletries.
If you are local and want to help with local organizations then check out this website. You create a profile, list the times available and what you can offer, and then you can be matched with organizations.
They are collecting donations such as baby food and formula, diapers, medical supplies, wheelchairs, and toiletries. The drop off is at the southeast gate.
The Cajun Gravy
A new group comprised of “many cooks from Baton Rouge, Central, Gonzales, and Donaldsonville” who provide meals to those affected by the hurricane. They have currently delivered 10,000 meals since being in Texas and are seeking donations through their site.
Money raised through Direct Relief goes to community health centers. They are also “providing emergency deliveries of essential medications and health commodities to TACHC member health centers and other nonprofit safety-net health providers in Texas.”
While they are currently not open due to flooding, they are accepting donations towards flood relief.
Another food bank accepting cash donations. Their latest Facebook update shows their mobile food bank on the go helping those in need.
For more food bank information there is a comprehensive list here.
The center has a critical need for blood throughout south and southeast Texas and they have extended their donation hours in various locations. All of the addresses and hours of donation centers are listed on their site.
Their site states there is a widespread shortage of blood, specifically a call for Type O-positive. They list national organizations to contact so that you can help donate wherever you are.
They are looking for diapers and cash donations to make emergency diaper kits for families in need. Diapers are not given through disaster relief organizations. They are also open to other donations of wipes, baby clothes and blankets, bottles, and more. They have the most up to date information on their Facebook page.
They are on the ground helping with saving animals around flood stricken areas. They are asking for cash donations through their website here, and have an Amazon wishlist here. Their address is 14700 Almeda Rd, Houston, TX 77053. They have up to date information on their Facebook page.
If you have an animal emergency, inquiry or report related to Hurricane Harvey, you can call their Animal Rescue Disaster Hotline at 713-861-3010. If you want to help with volunteering, sheltering, or transport email email@example.com They also have an Amazon wishlist here.
Set up by Houston’s mayor accepts “tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods”.
This organization was recommended by a friend and featured on Charity Navigator. You can read their transparency report here. You can donate cash directly, to a smaller collective, start a fundraising program, or donate time. All Hands works after first responders, working with FEMA assisting as a liaison with local organizations helping with the rebuilding process.
Ran through The Montrose Center this fund will be used to help individuals and families through counseling, case management, direct assistance, and their team is on call for “homeless youth, seniors, people living with HIV, hate crime survivors, and those devastated by the storm”. While they focus on the LGBTQ community they are serving all people in need regardless of their sexuality. They are seeking volunteers and cash donations.
Raising money to assist with the elderly population they were matching donations up to $1.5 million and have reached their goal of over $3 million but demand exceeds this so they are still taking cash donations through their site.
Helping those with disabilities you can donate directly through the site or if you are seeking their services they have set up a hotline (1-800-626-4959)
Are raising money for children affected by the hurricane. Their site says “A gift of $100 can provide a secure crib for a little one living in a shelter, help supply a safe space in shelters for 20 displaced children or many other items that are needed to care for the littlest survivors.” Cash donations can be made through their website.
I know, some crowdsourcing can be a bit controversial, but in this instance, it is getting cash directly to those in need. GoFundMe set up a page with all Hurricane Harvey campaigns, which I included in the link above. It is not just individuals, but also organizations and communities raising funds for rebuilding and assistance. Just be cautious when donating to individuals as there are sadly scammers that take advantage of these situations.
Houston Flood Relief Fund which was started by NFL player J. J. Watt, with a goal of $6 million they have raised $5,258,572 as of August 30th.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at GlobalGiving has a goal of $2 million and already at $1,231,149 as of August 30th. They state that “this fund 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 relief and recovery efforts from this storm.”
Charity Navigator is an excellent resource. They have pages set up for different current topics so you can easily navigate through different organizations. The link above is directly for Hurricane Harvey, from there organizations are listed on the right and you can read transparency reports, get their local addresses, mission statements, and of course the links to their web pages.
No Red Cross is an excellent crowdsourced resource with a handful of local organizations specializing especially with marginalized populations. No need for me to reinvent the wheel, take my list as a supplement to theirs.
Volunteering Opportunities *NEW SECTION*
If you have been displaced and need a temporary foster home for your pet you can use this program. Alternatively, if you want to foster some animals affected by the hurricane you can sign up here to help. It seems it is a new site so not a lot of content but keep checking back.
Vox has written up a large list here.
A great resource on this Reddit thread for those seeking assistance.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston also provided a great list of resources for those in need.
As soon as I hit publish I found this incredible list of resources by Texas Monthly which breaks down needs by population (kids, animals, people with medical needs, homeless, those displaced etc.)
I will keep adding to this list as I find more resources.