The impact of Hurricane Harvey on parts of Texas has been devastating. For those in the Mason community who wish to contribute to relief efforts, several resources are listed below. We also have several students from the Texas area whose families have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. As we receive more information from those students and their families, we will update this page. Mason is partnering with the Virginia Department of Transportation (Fairfax Office) and Victory Van Corporations to respond to some immediate needs of those most affected.
Families of Mason Students Who Need Your Help
- more information coming soon…
Articles providing great information on ways you can best help and support relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey
- USA Today: Here’s How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey
- NPR: Here’s How You Can Help People Affected by Hurricane Harvey
- Charity Navigator (This is a great website to research where your money goes)
- USA Today College: The Ways Colleges are Helping with Harvey Relief will Inspire You
- 5 Tips on How to Stretch Your Donation Dollars – PBS
General Relief Efforts
- The American Red Cross – financial donations, no amount is too small
- Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
- GlobalGiving, 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 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 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, the social fundraising site, has created a landing page that gathers the campaigns on its platform related to Harvey.
- Help a Children’s Hospital which cares for Corpus Christi’s youngest and most ill patients, was directly in the path of Harvey. The hospital transported many of its patients out of harm’s way, but will likely will need funds to seamlessly continue operating its 189-bed pediatric facility. Donations can be made online at www.driscollchildrens.org.
- The Salvation Army 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 says its teams began responding before Harvey made landfall and continues on-the-ground relief work.
- Samaritan’s Purse is accepting donations as well as volunteers for Harvey disaster relief for the coming months.
- SPCA of Texas/Jan Rees-Jones Animal Care Center: This Dallas-based animal shelter has created an Amazon wish list to reflect their needs — from cat litter to dog treats — as they help the pets of evacuees. “The SPCA of Texas is working hard to help the evacuees’ pets coming to North Texas,” the Texas animal rescue wrote in a Facebook post. “The support we’ve felt from everyone across the country has been truly incredible! You all have donated hundreds if not thousands of items to help the evacuated pets in our care.”
- Animal Defense League of Texas: Used or new towels, flat sheets, non-scented baby wipes, blankets, crates, and pop-up kennels are just some of the needs listed by the Animal Defense League of Texas on their Amazon wish list. According to their website, the shelter plans to help provide for animal shelters in Hurricane Harvey’s path.
- Refugee Services of Texas-Houston: A list of supplies needed by this charity, which provides resettlement services to refugees and other displaced persons in the Houston area, can be found on their Amazon wish list.
- Texas Diaper Bank: “Please consider purchasing items off of our wishlist to send to those that are being effected by Hurricane Harvey,” the charity wrote in a Facebook post. “Every diaper and every wipe counts.” A complete list of items needed by the Texas Diaper Bank can be found on their Amazon wish list.
- American Red Cross: The American Red Cross has designated items, such as portable cribs and power outlets, needed for relief efforts on an Amazon wish list specific to Hurricane Harvey.
- Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank. The Junior League of New Orleans will be helping Hurricane Harvey victims through accepting donations to their own diaper bank. “Many agencies will be providing aid, and JLNO is uniquely positioned to help families through its Diaper Bank,” the agency wrote in a Facebook post.“We are accepting donations of diapers, baby wipes, diaper cream, and feminine products.” A complete list of the needs of this charity can be found on their Amazon wish list.
- Shop with Amazon Smile: By choosing a charity, such as the Red Cross, through Amazon Smile, a portion of all everyday purchases made on Amazon will be donated to a chosen organization.
- As well as the American Red Cross, local organizations accepting blood donations are Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center.
- Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County 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 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.
- 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 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, Galveston Food Bank, Food Bank of the Golden Crescent (Victoria), Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank (Beaumont), Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley (Pharr), Brazos Valley, Food Bank (Bryan), Central Texas Food Bank (Austin) and San Antonio Food Bank.
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.
- Save the Children is providing relief supplies and services to help children and families in shelters and other victims of Hurricane Harvey.
- 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.
- 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.
Sources: NPR Article (Here’s How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey – August 28, 2017; USA Today Article (Here’s How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey – August 29, 2017; and How to Help Hurricane Harvey Relief … by Shopping Online – August 29, 2017)