HARVEY 2017 – SUPPORT & RELIEF EFFORTS
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Tax-exempt charities that have indicated they are accepting Harvey-specific donations include:
- Greater Houston Community Foundation Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Visit the GHCF website -> https://ghcf.org/
- Baker Ripley (formerly Neighborhood Centers): https://www.bakerripley.org/get-involved/donate
- United Way Houston: http://unitedwayhouston.org/flood or Text UWFLOOD to 41444
- Houston Food Bank: 832-369-9390 / houstonfoodbank.org / DONATE: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/
- Interfaith Ministries: https://www.imgh.org/
- Coalition for the Homeless: http://www.homelesshouston.org/
- Red Cross: https://www.redcross.org/donate/hurricane-harvey / Call 1-800-RED CROSS / Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation
- Americares (http://www.americares.org/): https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2
- Catholic Charities (CCUSA’s disaster-specific website): https://catholiccharities.org/donate-now-and-help-our-neighbors-recover-from-disaster/ / Text 71777 to donate
- Global Giving. To make a financial donation, visit their website or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Salvation Army. To make a financial donation, visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org, call 1.800.SAL ARMY, or text STORM to 51555.
(Please note that these are not endorsements of a specific charity. If you’re not a fan of those organizations listed, there are many other charities which would welcome your support.)
Corporate donor sites and giving challenges include:
- GoFundMe has created a landing page that aggregates the campaigns already created to help those affected by Harvey.
- United Airlines will match the first $100,000 raised through its charitable campaign. United MileagePlus members who donate a minimum of $50 to any of United’s charitable partners will receive up to 1,000 bonus miles (details, which download as a pdf, are here). Remember that for tax purposes, if you receive something of value in exchange for a donation, your charitable deduction must be reduced accordingly.
In addition to financial donations, what else can you do?
- The SPCA of Texas seeks foster homes to help care for displaced animals: www.spca.org/foster. They also need financial donations and in-kind donations, including cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, large wire crates, toys, treats, pet beds, newspaper and gas gift cards.
- Donate blood: Find your nearest donation center by entering your zip code here.
- Buy a first responder and volunteers a meal! Groups like the Houston Police Department are trying to bring food to their people who are working hard in the field. By buying someone a meal, you help give them the energy to keep on helping others.