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Hurricane Harvey Relief

Issue

Here's an article from the New York TImes to catch you up on how Hurricane Harvey became so destructive. The National Hurricane Center is warning that Harvey may hit Houston again.

Action

We try to avoid the blanket "donate" suggestion for a variety of reasons. In this case, donating whatever you can (time, money, food, other resources) is the most direct solution. ProPublica has some useful reminders when donating to any disaster relief efforts:

  • Research before you give.
  • If you do give, you can demand meaningful transparency.
  • Local groups or those that have deep local ties can be the best option
  • There are options beyond traditional charities.
  • Think beyond the next disaster

Charity Navigator has a dedicated page for Hurricane Harvey. We're signal-boosting this list from Vox:

All Hands: This nonprofit recommended to Vox by disasterologist Samantha Montano has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Foundation Beyond BeliefThe humanist group, also recommended by Montano, is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects. 

Greater Houston Community Fund: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. 

Local food banks: 

Humane Societies:

Blood donations: Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are accepting donations.

Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more.

SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)

Airbnb: The hospitality company is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room.

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