Resources for Hurricane Harvey Support
Houston needs our help. If you would be interested, here are some legitimate organizations that will take your generous donations and put them to work for the victims of Hurricane Harvey. If you know of any that we missed, please add them in the comments below.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund – Mayor Sylvester Turner created this fund that accepts tax-deductible donations for flood victims.
The American Red Cross helps with immediate needs. It is accepting donations on its website, or text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.00.
Habitat for Humanity – Assesses needs for shelter.
Global Giving – Created a fund to support the recovery of local non-profits.
Houston Food Bank -The Food Bank will provide food and supplies in the short term. They work with local partners to ensure that food is getting to where it is most needed.
United Way Relief Fund – “100% of your gift to the United Way Relief Fund goes to help our neighbors and our community recover from Hurricane Harvey.”
Austin Pets Alive – Financial donations are always welcome by this Pet shelter. Currently, they are also welcoming crates, sheets, volunteers. Go to their website for more information.
AmeriCares provides emergency medicine and supplies to hurricane victims.
Catholic Charities provides shelter, food, clothing, and support services to people from all religious backgrounds.
Episcopal Relief and Development partners with other churches to meet the needs of the most marginalized and under served victims post-disaster.
How to avoid a scam:
Make sure the organization’s URL ends in .org. A .com is a red flag.
Avoid donations by email.
Don’t give cash. Legitimate charities do not want cash.
Donate via a credit card, PayPal or check.
Copycat scam sites mimic actual charities’ websites. Look for one wrong letter in the URL or any attachments. Do not click on any attachments.
Check out the charity on Charity Navigator which is a trustworthy resource for vetting non-profit organizations. A Sharp Eye has written several articles about them. If you’d like to know more, please read Choosing a Charity.