Do you want to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey but don’t know how? I’m sharing a list of specific locations and organizations where you can contribute in some way. This list may get long and will be updated as needed. My goal is to help you select where and how to help.

When crisis hits, many want to help but don’t know what to do.

We can go further than saying, “Let me know what I can do to help.” (Which leaves decision making in the hands of those impacted by high stress. In high stress situations, our brains are in survival mode.)

Take a step of action by choosing at least one way to help.

 

how-to-help-hurricane-harvey-victims

photo courtesy of janitrr on Pixabay

Ways to Help Include : Participation, Promotion, and Prayer

 

  • Prayer is always good. Pray alone, pray with others, pray often. In fact, pray unceasingly as Paul says. Then choose how to respond to prayer.
  • Promotion includes using your voice and spaces of influence to share real and reputable ways to help. Do your research before spreading news. Promote what helps not hinders.
  • Participation includes financial contributions, material donations, and time investments.
Below is a list of specific ways you can participate which will likely update over time. Review options below and choose one way you can practically help. Typically, this means donations (financial and material) or volunteer work. Where possible, I have noted the types of need for each listing as well as how donations are being used.

URGENT NEED(s):

  • If you’re in need of assistance from Hurricane Harvey and don’t know where to turn, you can DIAL 211. This will connect you to all state services.
  • Check charity’s to prevent scamming via Charity Navigator. (each one I’ve listed is one I feel confident about and may know people directly connected to them)

Churches

Bayou City Fellowship : ($$$$, demo & clean up supplies)
Providing clean up and basic needs to Houston area residents. Drop offs in Cyprus and Houston. Relief projects in various parts of town.
Bayou City Fellowship Relief Page

Memorial Church of Christ : ($$$$ and volunteers)
From what I can gather, funds go to help families impacted by the storm. I also see efforts towards cleaning. Hands on help in the area.
Memorial Church of Christ Website / Facebook Page (includes info on activity)

Champion Forrest Baptist Church, Conroe, TX : ($$$$ and volunteers)
Providing a mud-out service for affected community.
Champion Forest Baptist Church website 

First Baptist Church, Liberty, TX : (clean up crews, food donations to hotel evacuee residents nearby, material donations for evacuees (hygiene)
There isn’t a lot on their site or the Facebook group, but I have first hand reports of active work helping evacuees in many ways. This area is east of Houston and heavily impacted by flooding.
First Baptist Church Liberty Facebook Page

City Life Church, Houston, TX : ($$$$ and volunteers)
My home church, Mosaic Church Austin, is partnering with City Life as a sister church of Every Nation Campus Ministries.
City Life Hurricane Harvey Updates – all proceeds going to Harvey

Gonzales, First Baptist Church : ($$$$) 
FBC Gonzales has taken in 130+ evacuees as of Monday AM, August 28th. The number could be higher. All financial contributions will help evacuees with food and physical needs.
Call Alice Hermann at (830)672-9595 & specify hurricane relief.
First Baptist Gonzales Website

Austin, Celebration Church : (material goods, list provided)
Providing a number of material goods to those in need. Donate new items for hygiene, baby care, cleaning, etc.
Celebration Church Disaster Relief websit

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance : ($$$$ and Gift of the Heart Kits – school, hygiene, clean up)
The Presbyterian Disaster Assistance organization is coordinating efforts to supply kits of new items to people in need. They are working to provide assistance long-term with the communities affected by Harvey.
Information on Gift of the Heart Kits / PDA Facebook Page

Nazarene Compassion Ministries : ($$$$)
This organization provides assistance in international disasters, human trafficking, and more.
Give online to Nazarene Compassion Ministries for Hurricane Harvey specifically

ELCA Lutheran Disaster Response : ($$$$)
Current and long-term plans “to accompany those affected through every phase of this disaster.” They are “actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts.”
Find updates and more information on the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America’s Disaster Response work

Community Organizations

Austin Disaster Relief Network :  ($$$$, new underwear/socks/toiletries/blankets/cleaning supplies & more, trained volunteers for call center, meals for HQ)
Provides for immediate and long-term physical needs of disaster victims. Their website has quite a bit of information about what their needs are and how you can help. Volunteers are trained to help people through traumatic situations. Additional volunteers are needed to help with the warehouse and clean up.
Austin Disaster Relief Network Website / Fund can be donated by texting ‘AUSTINRELIEF’ to 444999

All Hands Volunteers : ($$$$)
About All Hands (from site) “volunteer-powered disaster relief organization dedicated to Rebuilding Hope for people impacted by natural disasters all over the world. Over the last 12 years, we have enabled over 39,000 volunteers to donate 200,000 days impacting 500,000 people worldwide.”
They are activity working efforts to provide relief for Hurricane Harvey.
Find out more on the All Hands website

Upbring : ($$$$)
Upbring helps break the cycle of child abuse by empowering families, kids, and communities. They provide services for foster families and children. More than 350 foster families have been impacted by the Hurricane. They are in need of financial assistance to provide for short-term and long-term physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Upbring Response to Harvey website

Houston Harvey Rescue : 
Website connecting rescuers and those needing rescued. (Louisiana Cajun Navy?)

Neighbors Helping Neighbors (a Turquoise Table project originating in Austin) :
This is just getting underway. Watch for more updates. If you aren’t familiar with The Turquoise Table and #frontyardpeople, click here.
Website for Neighbors Helping Neighbors

Every Nation Campus Ministries : ($$$$)
ENCM is on the ground via City Life Church, Houston

Shalom Austin : ($$$$, various material donations, homes to house evacuees)
The Jewish community is providing assistance with material goods and housing support and more.
Shalom Austin Items Needed & Updates / Facebook Group with updates

Mercy Chefs : ($$$$ and volunteers)
Providing meals and meal stations to evacuees and first responders.
Mercy Chefs Hurricane Harvey relief efforts

Pajama Program & Books: ($$$$, pajamas, books)
This organization provides comfort for children displaced by disasters, including Hurricane Harvey. Have a #turquoisetable? Use it as a drop off site for donations.
Website for Pajama Program / Facebook group for helping Pajama Program

Terrel Vet Clinics : (in Austin: hygiene items, diapers, pet supplies)
For more information check out this Facebook post. 

Austin Pets Alive : (foster homes and transportation of rescued pets)
Especially in need of foster to adopt homes for rescued pets.
Austin Pets Alive website

Operation BBQ : (volunteers and $$$$)
Feeding first responders and people affected by the storm.
Donation and Volunteer info on Operation BBQ / Facebook Group

Facebook Groups

Helping Homeschool Families Affected by Harvey (Facebook Group) : (Books, curricula, and school related items when it’s time)
Homeschoolers helping homeschoolers replace books and curriculum when they are ready to do so. There is an approval process to join so the group can facilitate a safe place to express need and to receive. This began when it was learned that a homeschool family lost their home in the floods.
***Please keep in mind that those in need may not be ready for material yet. If you have items to offer, please wait and see what the needs are unless admins indicate otherwise.
Facebook Group 

Austin to Houston #helphouston (Facebook Group) : (Volunteers and material donations)
Community gathering to help bring boats and other relief supplies / assistance to Houston and the surrounding area. Also on Zello.
Facebook Group / Facebook Group Post 

Louisiana Cajun Navy : 
Sending relief and providing updates.
Facebook Group (over 180K strong)

Organizations Mobilized to Provide Relief:

American Red Cross : ($$$$)
In order to assure funds are allocated to Harvey victims, please designate them for Harvey when donating. You can also text ‘Harvey’ to 9099 to give $10.
Let people know you are safe and/or find a shelter on Red Cross website or with the Emergency App.
Donate Page for Red Cross / Red Cross Harvey Notice /

Austin Disaster Relief Network :  ($$$$, new underwear/socks/toiletries/blankets/cleaning supplies & more, trained volunteers for call center, meals for HQ)
Provides for immediate and long-term physical needs of disaster victims. Their website has quite a bit of information about what their needs are and how you can help. Volunteers are trained to help people through traumatic situations. Additional volunteers are needed to help with the warehouse and clean up.
Austin Disaster Relief Network Website / Fund can be donated by texting ‘AUSTINRELIEF’ to 444999

Samaritan’s Purse : ($$$$)
Samaritan’s Purse is actively sending out disaster relief units with trucks, supplies, and people to Victoria and other Southeastern cities in TX.
Donate and find out more on the Samaritan’s Purse website

Legacy Collective : ($$$$)
Partners with local organizations and leaders to provide on the ground practical and financial assistance. Committed to sustainability.
Legacy Collective website 

Mercury One : ($$$$)
Coordinating multiple efforts with a number of organizations.
Vision: “restore the human spirit by encouraging dependence on God, providing humanitarian aid, preserving heritage, and empowering all to stand for truth.”
Click here for website updates and donations

Texas Diaper Bank : ($$$$)
Providing diapers to those in need.
Contribute on the website for Texas Diaper Bank here. 

Portlight : ($$$$)
Provides assistance to the elderly and disabled in disaster relief and recovery.
Click here for the notice on their website and to learn more about Portlight.

Direct Relief : ($$$$)
Providing medical and pharmaceutical supplies.
Find our more about Direct Relief

Texas Baptist Men : ($$$$)
Providing food for first responders and more. Looks like TBM provides much disaster relief. I learned about them from my friend whose husband pastors First Baptist in Gonzales. Y’all, they are doing amazing things in their church. They served us well when we lived in the area as foster parents.
Website for Texas Baptist Men / Text ‘hurricaneharvey’ to 73256 to donate to TBM

Minuteman Disaster Response : ($$$$)
Providing disaster relief to Louisiana and Texas. See this post by pastor Jared Stump.
Website for Minutemen Disaster Response

HEB : 
HEB sent an envoy of trucks and set up food delivery stations. We love our HEB.

Shelter

Offer your home with free listing fees on AirBNB. Valid for San Antonio, Austin, and Dallas, TX through September 1st.

List of shelters as provided by KXAN News.

Call 211 for assistance in finding a shelter and state services.

Free Camping offered at various Texas State ParksSaveSaveSaveSave

News, Thoughts, & Insider Insights

Click2Houston – Live Streaming News & Reports
Click2Houston News – Road closures, flooding updates, shelter info and more

The One Thing We Can Do for Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey : Denise Hughes
Living Through Hurricane Harvey and How You Can Help : Tammy McDonald
Liberty, TX : Updates on specific needs in Houston area at First Baptist Liberty (including reports of meals brought in by another church)SaveSave

 

Help from States Outside of Texas

Additional helpful organizations listed on Baton Rouge MomsSaveSave

Atlanta, Georgia and 97.1 The River collect water bottles for distributionSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSaveSaveSave

SaveSave

SaveSave