One of the biggest challenges for many people is how to know the roles we can play in times of disaster. A lot of families have suffered much and also lost a lot to Hurricane Harvey. Those of us who had the opportunity of seeing some live feeds from Houston would know that much damage was done. It’s natural that you want to know some of the relief efforts going on and how you could be a part of these efforts so we have compiled a list here:
1. The Greater Houston Community Foundation, for example, is collecting donations to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Mayor Sylvester Turner. This fund was established in response to a lot of inquiries from companies and individuals like you seeking opportunities to help. Read more here.
2. Catholic Charities USA (CCUSA), the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church, is providing support for the Harvey victims and are also open to donations. Read more here.
3. The Greenville restaurant community is coming together with Brunch for a Cause on Labor Day, Sept. 4. This event is an effort at raising funds for sending relief to Houston families. Seventeen restaurants are providing staff, food and resources to make this event happen. 100% of the returns go to the Red Cross. Read more here.
4. Avon Hurricane Harvey Relief fund is sending relief via on-line purchase of gift bags. You can send some relief with just $10. The Avon Hurricane Relief Package will help fund an assortment of critical personal care products and housewares items that Avon will transport to area shelters on your behalf. Read more here.
5. Brene Brown is also doing something really out of the box. This lovely writer and influencer is collecting underwear donations to be distributed at shelters by BakerRipley. You can check her Facebook page for more details.
It’s a bit sad that we also have to warn readers to exercise discretion with donations. Some charities have raised concerns that donations to some long-standing charity organizations like the Red Cross may not be reaching grassroots. We hope these claims are not true. Here are also two (2) other resources you could check out for listing of accredited charities:
1. Better Business Bureau has compiled a list of accredited organizations and charities. The page also compiles a few useful tips that could guide you in your charity spending.
2. Frontstream also has a list of organizations which their employees recommend for charity donations.
This post does not in any way endorse or recommend any charity organization. We just want to provide you with some direction on what to do now that Houston needs you.
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