So many of you have expressed interest in doing something to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey, so we’ve compiled a list of organizations providing direct aid in the Houston region.
We have to admit – ever since Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Texas on Friday night, we’ve all been glued to the TV watching the news coverage wondering how we can help. Seeing the images of the flooding and devastation has been heart-wrenching, but we are so inspired by the outpouring of support, too.
Several of our volunteers and supporters have expressed to us that they want to do *something* but just aren’t sure what would be the most helpful. At first we considered sending some of our extra clothing down to the greater Houston area, but we’ve heard time and again that donations of “stuff” shipped to sites of natural disasters only clog up supply lines and often never make it into the hands of the people who really need it.
We decided that the best use of our platform as an NYC non-profit organization would be to link to the organizations doing work on the ground in Texas, so that those interested can show their support directly to these groups:
- There are several area food banks (see a complete list here) that are accepting both food and cash donations right now, and Feeding Texas is accepting monetary donations that will go directly toward purchasing food for the affected areas.
- Texas Diaper Bank is utilizing donations to provide diaper kits to affected families.
- United Way of Greater Houston has established a relief fund to assist the community in the rebuilding efforts.
- Gofundme has compiled a list of Hurricane Harvey specific relief efforts and individual fundraisers you can support.
- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which will be used to help flooding victims.
- Donors Choose is collecting donations to help teachers in Houston school districts rebuild their classrooms.
We also double-checked to see if there were any Houston area members of ACDN (the Alliance of Career Development Nonprofits) – of which Bottomless Closet is a part – in case we could show our support that way. At this time, there aren’t any ACDN members in Houston or Corpus Christi, but there are a few groups like Bottomless Closet in the region that may need support in the coming months, including:
- Career and Recovery Resources, Inc. – They run a job placement program in Houston called THRIVE that offers employee services, work attire, resume review services, and information on job training and employment services.
- Faith Center Food Pantry and Clothes Closet – which is part of Houston’s First Baptist Church. They have two locations in the greater Houston area that feed and clothe thousands of people annually.
Additionally, this page has an extensive list of organizations in the region that typically provide free clothing, household goods, and other support to the economically disadvantaged. They will no doubt need support in the coming months, too. Lastly, our friends at Delivering Good are collecting both in-kind and cash donations so they can assemble clothing donations and send it to their charity partners in the area.
The countless examples of compassion shown by everyone from ordinary citizens with boats assisting with rescues, to celebrities and major corporations donating money and pledging support – they represent the best of humanity. Even if you cannot personally give to one of these groups, please share this post so we can keep the compassion going and help even more people in need.
As always, thank you all for everything you do. Just as New York City received support in the aftermath of SuperStorm Sandy, we will always do whatever we can do to help other cities affected by disaster. Our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected.