Living Hope is a community of individuals who are actively and intentionally pursuing Hope in the midst of adversity. Oftentimes, we must pursue Hope on behalf of others when their circumstances are so dire they cannot see beyond their struggle. Join us in sharing Hope with those affected by Hurricane Harvey through one of these reputable agencies who have the ability to directly impact the lives of people in need of our love and kindness.
The following are organizations that are providing services and support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
- American Red Cross—the organization has shelters open and is also shipping truckloads of supplies for distribution. Volunteers are also in place.
- Salvation Army—The Salvation Army is deploying 42 mobile kitchens—each one can serve an average of 1500 meals per day—to areas in Dallas and San Antonio. They will also be distributing supplies of water, cleanup kits, food, and shelter supplies.
- United Way—United Way of Greater Houston has established a Flood Relief Fund. Donations will be used to help with both immediate, basic needs and long-term recovery services such as case management and minor home repairs.
- Houston Food Bank—Donations to the Houston Food Bank will provide meals in the current emergency but also throughout the year.
- San Antonio Food Bank—The San Antonio Food Bank is collecting monetary donations, as well as nonperishable goods and supplies like water, diapers, baby food, new batteries, and flashlights.
- Texas Diaper Bank—in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Texas, 78238
- Feeding Texas and local food banks—Feeding Texas is coordinating with partner agencies to provide donation coordination and distribution of food to the public.
- Houston SPCA and SPCA of Texas—These organizations conduct rescues of pets and farm animals, and provide equipment and shelter.
The following are online-only organizations that are providing services to those affected by Hurricane Harvey:
- Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25, and can guide users in creating a listing where their home is offered to victims free.
- GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns, including one started by the country singer Chris Young, who donated $100,000, and another created by the president and chief executive of the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce.
- YouCaring has a fundraising page set up by J. J. Watt of the Houston Texans with a goal of $1 million.
- GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It will also assist with longer-term recovery efforts.