Hurricane Harvey - How to Help

 Texas National Guard.  Photo courtesy ABC News

Texas National Guard.  Photo courtesy ABC News

At this point, we are two weeks out since Hurricane Harvey made landfall, August 25th. This was the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.  

Wachs is putting together a list of local organizations where donations will create the greatest good.

While most charities prefer monetary donations, some, like American Red Cross and Food Bank of Corpus Christi, have asked for local volunteers. For anyone interested, here are some suggested charities and organizations with a little guidance if you are not sure where to start with your donation.  

 

 

Houston Food Bank   •   www.Houstonfoodbank.org  

Ranking of 4 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator 96.2% of donations go to programs and services. In fiscal year 2016-2017, the Houston Food Bank distributed 83,000,000 nutritious meals. Every dollar donated to the Houston Food Bank provides the equivalent of three meals for an individual.  

Food Bank of Corpus Christi   •   www.foodbankcc.com/ 

Ranking of 3 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator 94.5% of donations go to programs and services. Food Bank of Corpus Christi is a nonprofit organization that solicits and distributes food which might otherwise go to waste or be discarded by manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers.  

Texas Diaper Bank   •   www.texasdiaperbank.org 

 Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Photo courtesy CNN

Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.  Photo courtesy CNN

Established by ten local United Methodist Churches in San Antonio, Texas, since 1997 the Texas Diaper Bank has been working to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities and seniors. The organization’s mission: to address the diaper gap and its impact on individuals in crisis. 

Central Texas Food Bank   •   www.centraltexasfoodbank.org/get-involved/donate 

Ranking of 4 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator 95.9% of donations go to programs and services. They work with food donors across the country, financial supporters and volunteers to fill unmet needs in Central Texas. This commitment from private, government and charitable partners has allowed them to bring 31 million meals to the community last year and into the hands of families and local nonprofits who turn to them for help.  

Houston SPCA   •   www.houstonspca.org/ 

Ranking of 4 out of 4 stars on Charity Navigator 83.6% of donations go to programs and services. The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. Their reach is wide, and have been called to step in when hurricanes, fires and storms ravage the region and state. Most recently, they worked with the American Red Cross to establish emergency pet shelters for victims of the Great Houston Flood of 2015. 


 

For information on emergency preparedness, please see this issue of Wachs Weekly.