On Friday, August 25th, the catastrophic storm, Hurricane Harvey, slammed onto the shore of southeastern Texas as a Category 4 hurricane and has since weakened to a tropical storm as of Saturday. Many of us have seen the heartbreaking effects that Hurricane Harvey has had and wonder how we can be of assistance to help those that were affected, recover from the disaster.
Our ultimate goal and aim at ExpressTaxExempt is to be a resource to all nonprofits and support the enrichment of communities worldwide. With respect to those affected by Hurricane Harvey, we have provided a listing of philanthropic opportunities for both nonprofits and individuals to donate/give to. We encourage you to browse through the various causes listed below and help our brothers and sisters in Texas.
Red Cross – The American Red Cross is working around the clock to help those whose lives have been devastated by Tropical Storm Harvey. Donations can be made online or by phone at 1-800-RED-CROSS. You can also text “HARVEY” to 90999 and make a $10 donation through your mobile device.
The Salvation Army– The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to the survivors and relief workers of Hurricane Harvey. They currently have disaster teams from across the country working in the treacherous waters and have response efforts in place for long-term disaster recovery efforts. Visit their website to make an online donation of $25.00 or more. Donations can also be made by mail or phone. City of Houston Relief Fund– The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner has established a relief fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. For more information on how to donate by credit card, check/money order, or transfer cash by wire, click here.
Save the Children – This organization focuses on the most vulnerable by providing items such as cribs and shelter to displaced children. For ways to support the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Relief Fund, visit the Save The Children website.
Samaritan’s Purse – The Samaritan’s Purse currently has 2 disaster relief units in Texas helping residents through the rain, flooding, and destruction caused by Hurricane Harvey. They will soon have a total of 5 tractor trailers in the state to assist those affected. Click here to donate. Volunteers are also needed…thousands to be exact. Visit their Volunteer Network to sign up and receive updates on details and needs.
Heart to Heart – Heart to Heart International deploys a team of highly qualified responders equipped to rapidly respond as a self-contained mobile medical team. Volunteers are being recruited in the following fields: nurses, physicians/midlevel providers (Emergency Medicine, General Practitioner, Family Medicine, Pediatrics), EMT/Paramedics, Physical Therapists, Mental Health, Logistics, Administration, and Security. Find out more information here.
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Other Ways to Donate:
Feeding Texas – Feeding Texas serves alongside state and federal relief efforts when disasters strike the state of Texas. If you or someone you know is in the state of Texas, they can donate food items such as pop-top meat/fish, powdered milk, cereal, canned fruit, fruit cups, peanut butter and jelly as well as cleaning supplies to a local food bank in Houston, Galveston, and other areas. Monetary donations are always welcomed also. Visit the Feeding Texas website for a list of local food banks and contact information.
United Airlines – Airplane carrier United Airlines is offering up to 1,000 bonus miles to MileagePlus members who donate to relief efforts on its fundraising page. They will also match the first $100,000 donated. If you donate $50-$99 you will earn 250 bonus miles and $100-$249 will get you 500 bonus miles. Visit United Airlines Fundraising Page to donate.
Airbnb – Airbnb has created an Urgent Accommodations site where evacuees from the storm can find shelter and all service fees are waived for those affected by the disaster that check in between August 23, 2017 and September 25, 2017. If you need a place to stay or have a home in that area that you would like to add to their database, click here.
SPCA of Texas – The SPCA of Texas is providing disaster relief to pets affected by Hurricane Harvey. A large team of their staff and volunteers have already set up a temporary animal shelter near the mega shelter in Downtown Dallas and are working in conjunction with city and county disaster officials. Click here to support their efforts.
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