Aid and Relief Resources for Houston Recovery

Hurricane Harvey has impacted the metropolitan Houston area with unprecedented devastation. Here are some area and national resources to consider supporting. We are not an endorsing agency, and the following information is provided as a community service only. We recommend visiting Charity Navigator, and Guidestar, and other nonprofit database and/or charity rating services if you wish additional information on any charity or relief agency. For more options, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.

Transportation may be prohibitive, so here are some organizations sending aid and collecting donations throughout the area locally and nationally:

  • H-E-B set up mobile kitchens, serving 8,000 meals so far.
  • Portlight Strategies has given “emergency assistance to hundreds of people with disabilities,” per their Hurricane Harvey announcement. Donate here.
  • Texas Diaper Bank is providing families with emergency diaper kits. Donate here.
  • Texas State Parks are open to evacuees seeking refuge, after Gov. Greg Abbott waived fees.
  • The United Way of Greater Houston is taking donations, focusing on “safety, shelter, and basic needs, like food.” Donate here.
  • The Cajun Navy, a volunteer group of Louisianans, traveled to Texas to help with the rescue effort and saved several lives, per CNN.
  • Muslim Youth USA and the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association have over 140 volunteers providing supplies and participating in search and rescue efforts, per the Independent.
  • The Disaster Medical Assistance Team CA-4 in San Diego has sent 48 members to Texas, including doctors, paramedics, and nurses.
  • Masjid Warithud-deen Mohammed has a specific community outreach to Hurricane Harvey victims. Give here.
  • Mercy Community Center at Masjid Al-Qur’an facilitates the development of healthy and economically viable communities in the Houston Standard Metropolitan Statistical Area. Give here.
  • American Red Cross provides a host of service to families and ccommunities Give here. And Red Cross is using wireless and short codes to help make donating easier via text.
  • Little Lobbyists has teamed up with several organizations to provide supplies to “children with complex medical needs.”
  • The Southern Baptists of Texas Convention has set up disaster relief units to help with food, showers, cleanup, and more. Donate here.
  • United Way launched the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund, with the first donation of $1 million coming from the Leonardo DiCaprio Fund. Donate here.
  • Red Cross itself is using wireless and short codes to help make donating easier via text.
  • The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
  • If you live in Texas, the City of Houston Emergency Operations Center has posted a list of places where you can drop off donations.
  • Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
  • The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center is reporting a critical shortage, and has extended hours at all of its San Antonio-area donor rooms. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or visit their website for more information.
  • Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
  • To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.

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