Hurricane Harvey Relief
On August 26, 2017, a Category 4 hurricane slammed into the coast of Texas, bringing 130 mph winds, torrential rain and devastating flooding to communities throughout southern Texas. As of August 28, six people had lost their lives in the storm, tens of thousands had been forced into shelters and more than 300,000 were without electricity. The hurricane is the strongest to hit the United States in 13 years.
With property damage estimated in the billions, communities throughout the region face a long and painful recovery process. In consultation with our sister community foundations in Texas, we have identified the following organizations and funds that are making a difference in the lives of those affected.
- Americares helps provide emergency medicine and supplies to people affected by Hurricane Harvey.
- The American Red Cross is opening shelters, sending supplies and putting volunteers in place around Texas.
- Catholic Charities USA assists families and individuals with shelter, food, and other immediate and long-term recovery needs.
- The SPCA of Texas and Austin Pets Alive! are providing food and veterinary care to hundreds of animals rescued and evacuated from shelters on the coast that are no longer safe.
Medium- & Long-Term Relief
- The Center for Disaster Philanthropy provides medium- and long-term funding to support vulnerable populations whose livelihoods have been devastated, fill in gaps where public resources are unavailable and adapt to prevailing needs that emerge in the weeks and months to come.
- The Coastal Bend Disaster Recovery Group focuses on long-term disaster relief and assistance addressing the unmet needs of underserved residents in Texas’ Coastal Bend region. Donate to the fund through the Costal Bend Community Foundation.
- Direct Relief USA offers prescription drugs and other medical supplies to those who need it in emergency situations, and works with clinics and primary care doctors to ensure that people are able to get what they need when they need it.
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, a partnership between the City of Houston and the Greater Houston Community Foundation, is accepting tax-deductible donations to provide relief for victims who have been affected by the recent floods. Donate to the fund through the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- 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 collaborative effort was established in 2006 in the aftermath of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita to maximize the disaster-related services provided by the four nonprofit agencies. Donate to the fund through the Communities Foundation of Texas.
- Operation USA provides medical supplies and equipment, medicines and vitamins, energy and shelter materials to those affected by disasters, as well as providing immediate and long-term health, education and youth development programs following disasters and during times of extreme need. Learn more about their work here.
- The Texas Access to Justice Foundation provides legal assistance with FEMA and other benefit claims, insurance claims, repair contracts, mortgage and tenant issues and the replacement of wills and other legal documents destroyed in the disaster.
When supporting relief organizations, consider marking your gift as general operating support. By doing so, you enable the organization to both respond to current disasters and be prepared for those that may arise in the future.
Contributions to the California Community Foundation represent irrevocable gifts subject to the legal and fiduciary control of the foundation’s board of directors. This charge will appear on your credit card statement as a payment to “Calif Comm Fdn – CCF”. In addition, California Community Foundation incurs a third-party administrative fee of 2.7 percent for credit card contributions. The foundation will charge the fee directly to the individual fund.