The MicroAccounting family in the Dallas area and beyond sends prayers to everyone in Houston and surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. We are concerned about the urgent need for safe shelter, food, dry clothing, power and clean water. Evacuees may also face health issues from contact with unsanitary flood waters and lost access to medications and treatments.
Send money to a reputable agency already working to support relief in Houston and the greater South Texas area. A financial donation will make more of an impact than sending groceries or household items.
Why? Demand is hard to predict, and sorting shipments may not be the best use of volunteers’ time. Also, consider the purchasing power of nonprofit organizations who can buy in bulk using tax-exempt status. In addition, local distribution costs are lower than the price of shipping. A cash donation stretches the value of your contribution to get more diapers, granola bars, kibble, blankets, or cleaning supplies to those who need them.
Your time is always valuable. When looking to volunteer, turn to the pros. Nonprofit organizations have a handle on how to assess a community’s needs. They also have coordinators that can assign tasks efficiently to maximize the results of your efforts.
On the other hand, do not wait for instruction to lend a hand to a neighbor. Be a source of comfort. Think of regular tasks that may be extremely difficult right now. Do those things. Deliver a meal. Do a load of laundry. Drop off a first aid kit. Ask what else they need. Ask what concerns them the most. Drive them to school, work, or appointments. Offer to box up electronics, paperwork, and sentimental objects. Store these items in your house, out of the flood zone. Above all, treat people affected by the flood with dignity.
Recovery will require ongoing support.
We stand with Houston not only in the throes of crisis but also in the long run. Follow our blog for a list of organizations and funds that need your support today for rescue and refuge efforts. Stay tuned for ways to help with clean-up, rebuilding, and medical and mental health care in the months and years ahead.
Where to donate and volunteer
The United Way
Through its regional chapters, the United Way provides funding to organizations with the greatest need in a community.The United Way of Metropolitan Dallas is seeking monetary contributions to prepare their North Texas partners to “help hurricane evacuees heal after the emergency response is over,” per the website. While other groups are focused on the immediate triage stage, they are looking ahead to the longer-term relief efforts.
The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund
Contributions made to this national fund will be distributed to the United Ways in the areas in need of the greatest relief.
See all local United Way pages for links to donate directly and learn about volunteering opportunities.
United Way of Metropolitan Dallas Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
100% of the funds will be distributed to nonprofits that provide shelter and long-term assistance in North Texas.
United Way of Greater Houston Fund established to help with both immediate, basic needs and long-term recovery services such as case management and minor home repair. You will have the option of allocating donations to Harris, Fort Bend, Montgomery, or Waller County. Text UWFLOOD to 41444 or Donate here.
The YMCA of Greater Houston
While many YMCA centers in Houston were closed due to flooding, those that are open offer basic services to those in need. Follow their blog for updates on facilities and specific offerings: YMCA: Support Harvey Relief Efforts
Mass Care Task Force
Per the organization’s website: The Mass Care Task Force (MCTF) is a collaboration between the American Red Cross North Texas Region, The Salvation Army DFW Metroplex Command, the North Texas Food Bank and VolunteerNow. The MCTF is activated to address humanitarian needs resulting from major disasters and works together to leverage the strengths of each partner agency. Our purpose is to support the immediate need for food, shelter, volunteers, communication, and management in a catastrophe.
American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Hundreds of animals impacted by Harvey have been moved to safety through the SPCA of Texas. Read about rescue efforts as well as how pet parents can prepare for a disaster. Donate to the ASPCA. The ASPCA also provided links to these local affiliates that need funding: Houston SPCA, SPCA of Texas (Dallas), Austin Humane Society, Citizens for Animal Protection, Houston Humane, Cattery in Corpus Christie, Emancipet Houston
Dallas residents may invite evacuees to rent a room or an entire house at no cost through September 25 using the Airbnb Disaster Response Program. Several hundred homes are already listed on the site.
To volunteer at the mega shelter in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, you will need to register and pass a background check. We suggest initiating that process as soon as possible to avoid any delays in your eligibility to serve. Create an account on Voly.org and indicate your areas of interest.
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