How to help Houston.

(from NPR) Thanks, Avrom from The Resistance: Peaceful Action for sharing this)
Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey
http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2017/08/28/546745827/looking-to-help-those-affected-by-harvey-here-s-a-list  (Will be updated as new info comes in.)
General Relief
Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation (https://ghcfdisaster.kimbia.com/hurricaneharveyrelieffund). The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
GlobalGiving (https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-harvey-relief-fund/), which calls itself the largest global crowdfunding community, has a goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts.
United Way of Greater Houston (https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation/) has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. The organization says it already maintains a disaster relief fund but anticipates the needs of Harvey will far exceed those existing resources.
The Center for Disaster Philanthropy (https://disasterphilanthropy.networkforgood.com/) has also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. The organization says its strategy emphasizes “investing well rather than investing quickly, addressing the greatest needs and gaps in funding that may be yet to emerge.”

GoFundMe (https://www.gofundme.com/hurricaneharvey), the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.

The Salvation Army (https://give.salvationarmyusa.org/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app362b?idb=2003721890&df_id=27651&mfc_pref=T&27651.donation=form1&NONCE_TOKEN=214A843ADF3816024B8D8254B50538DB) says it is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents.

Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster
Relief (https://missionaries.namb.net/projects/full/hurricane-harvey-response)
says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.

Samaritan’s Purse (https://www.samaritanspurse.org/disaster/hurricane-harvey/)
is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.

How to help communities of Color and other marginalized communities (https://www.colorlines.com/articles/how-donate-money-and-other-aid-communities-color-houston)

Money/matching funds

Together Rising:  Together Rising stands with Texas.  We know that they not only need our love and support now, but in the weeks, months and years ahead.  Today, we made a $20,000 donation to the Houston Food Bank, and we are challenging all of us to do more for our brothers and sisters in Texas.  We will match any donation you make up to $100,000.  Every penny we receive from you will go to those suffering in Texas. Please let us not allow the fact that we cannot fix everything keep us from fixing something. Give a little with great love. That’s how we heal the world.  You can give HERE or Text TR4TEXAS to 41444 to get a text to make a tax-deductible donation.

Blood
As well as the American Red Cross (http://www.redcross.org/give-blood),
local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare (http://www.carterbloodcare.org/donate-blood/)
and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (https://www.donatingforlife.org/index.cfm?utm_source=website&utm_medium=locations&utm_campaign=11.23.15-dfl-locations-page-website-find-a-blood-drive-link).

Shelter
Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County (https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/) coordinates the city’s response to homelessness, serving as “a backbone organization” to groups that offer direct service. It has been providing updated information on shelters with available beds.
Airbnb (https://www.airbnb.com/disaster/hurricaneharveyevacuees)
has set up an urgent accommodations site, where people can open their homes to evacuees from the storm or find shelter themselves. Service fees are waived for those who check in by Sept. 1.

Food
A number of food banks will be aiding the affected region. Consider donating money instead of food, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.
Feeding Texas (https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/feeding-texas)
is a statewide nonprofit that works alongside state and federal relief efforts. The organization says it steps in during major disasters to “coordinate with the state and other providers so that relief reaches families quickly and the ‘second disaster’ of an unorganized response is avoided.”
Here is its list of food banks in Texas likely to be affected by Harvey:
Houston Food Bank (http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/)
Galveston Food Bank (http://www.galvestoncountyfoodbank.org/)
Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria) (http://www.victoriafoodbank.org/)
Corpus Christi Food Bank (http://www.foodbankcc.com/)
Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont) (http://setxfoodbank.org/)
Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr) (http://www.foodbankrgv.com/)
Brazos Valley Food Bank (Bryan) (https://www.bvfb.org/)
Central Texas Food Bank (Austin) (https://www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/)
San Antonio Food Bank (https://safoodbank.org/)

People With Disabilities
Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work. The organization says its hotline for Inclusive Disaster Strategies has received urgent requests from people in need. http://www.portlight.org/hurricane-harvey-announcement.html

Kids
The Texas Diaper Bank, based in San Antonio, works to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. It focuses on providing partner agencies with diapers and goods. https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com/projects/33717-change-a-life

Animals
The SPCA of Texas is organizing evacuations of pets in Texas (including 123 cats from a shelter in Corpus Christi) and offers resources on pet-friendly housing for evacuees.
Austin Pets Alive! says it has transported more than 235 animals to its shelter. The organization seeks donations, as well as people who can adopt animals. It says it has received so many donated supplies that it’s running out of storage space, so financial donations are what it needs most. https://spca.org/give

 

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