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Here's How You Can Help People Affected By Harvey

Links to donate and more!

August 29, 2017

The Houston area has had more than 2 and a half feet of rain since Hurricane Harvey made landfall and the flooding is devastating.

The Texas Governor, Greg Abbott, has activated the entire Texas National Gaurd to help. That's how big this natural disaster is.

According to FEMA, over 30,000 people are in need of shelter and close to half a million people may qualify for federal flood victim assistance! That is enormous!

And the rains are not letting up. They are even circling back to dump more rain on the area.

We know our Star 94.1 family wants to help, so we've put together a list of recommended, safe, ways for you to do so.

 

OVERALL GENERAL RELIEF

  •  There is a Harvey Relief Fund created by the Mayor, Sylvester Turner, called The Greater Houston Community Foundation. That foundation can connect donors with a very large network of nonprofits.
     
  • GoFundMe has created a landing page that puts all of the fundraising campaigns on it's platform that are Harvey-related in one area for you.
     
  • Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief have teams responding. They were there before the storm even made landfall. You can help those teams at their links.
     
  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund. According to their website, their strategy focuses on "investing well rather than investing quickly." So if you are looking to help out immediately, with things that are needed right, then that might not be for you. If you are looking to help out with the aftermath and rebuilding then check out that one.
     
  • The United Way of Greater Houston has also launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery. They say they already have a disaster relief fund, but they know the needs from this one storm alone will wipe that out. 
     
  • GlobalGiving, which refers to itself as the "largest global crowdfunding community, has set a goal of raising $2 million for it's Harvey Fund. These funds will be used for immediate need items, such as food, water and shelter and later they will transition to long-term needs.

 

NON-FINANCIAL NEEDS

  • If you'd like to help out, but can't afford to financially, there is definitely a need for blood. The American Red Cross is helping nationally, so that's a good way to get involved here in Atlanta. 
     
  • If you'd like to help with shelter, the Coalition for the Homeless of Houston is coordinating the city's efforts. They can direct you to other organizations. They are all in need of donations to support this effort. So while we may not live in that area and be able to volunteer, you can reach out to them to see how you can help with donations of items etc.
     
  • A lot of you are asking about food and water donations. You have expressed interests in doing food and water drives. Feeding Texas is a Texas nonprofit that is working with state and federal authorities to coordinate in the relief efforts. But you can also make donations to:
     
  • We have a very close connection to Children's Healthcare here in Atlanta, and will be posting more ways you can help the kids affected by Harvey here soon. But in the meantime, the Texas Diaper Bank is helping meet the needs of babies, kids with disabilities and also seniors. If you'd like to do a drive or send donations to them reach out to them at their link.
     
  • And a lot of you guys, like most of us, are huge pet lovers. There are thousands of pets and animals that are in need of help too. You can reach out to the SPCA of Texas on how you can help.

 

We'll keep updating this page with more ways you can help as they become available, or as we learn about them. Keep your radio on The Jeff & Jenn Show each morning as they'll have updates for you too.

Thanks for anything you can do to help!