If you are interested in helping out Houston and the Gulf Coast during Harvey’s flooding and deluge, below is a list of nonprofit organizations offering on the ground emergency services and post-storm recovery. Click on the name to access the organization's website and donation page.
All Hands Volunteers has already mobilized a response team for on the ground support.
The American Red Cross has shelters, supplies and volunteers in place to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
Habitat for Humanity has been involved with disaster recovery and home building for those in need since 1976.
The Texas Diaper Bank has been helping underserved communities since 1997. Diapers (for babies and elders) are not provided by disaster relief agencies, according to the organization. Designate that you want your donation to go to Disaster Relief for Hurricane Harvey.
United Way Houston: If you or someone you know needs help in the Houston area, dial 2-1-1, the Texas/United Way Help Line. This 24/7 call center offers shelter, food, prescriptions and more.
Donate to the Houston United Way here.
The United Way Relief Fund assists with storm-related needs and recovery.
Be wary of any organization that you are not familiar with by name. There will be a few sham shysters capitalizing on your care and concern, without any intention of helping those in need. If you aren’t sure about who runs the organization or how long it has been around, just move on to an organization that you are sure about.
Your donations to a qualified 501(c)3 are tax deductible. Be sure to write down the 501(c)3 number for your accountant.
Please feel free to list your favorite organization in the comments below. If you notice a scam, please alert all of us in the comments below as well.
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