Below are ways that you can help those who have been impacted during the 2017 hurricane season.
Catholic Charities USA:
Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, is also seeking help for Texans who have been directly affected by Harvey. Catholic Charities USA has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief that is mobile donation friendly.
Greater Houston Community Foundation:
Texas residents responded last year after Baton Rouge flooded, giving more than $167,000 to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation’s (BRAF) flood relief fund, which raised more than $6 million from around the country. BRAF granted the money to nonprofits that were providing immediate relief on the ground. Now it's Louisiana's turn to help our neighbors in Texas. Please donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at http://ghcf.org/.
Habitat for Humanity
Habitat for Humanity has about 25 local offices throughout parts of southeast Texas and southwest Louisiana affected by the storm. Working with them, they will be assessing the shelter and housing needs in areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey and developing response options. In addition to long-term needs, past responses to other storms have included organizing Habitat volunteers and resources to help with the cleanup and mucking out homes damaged by wind and rising water. Construction plans will be determined after evaluations are made and will depend on the level of support received from donors, volunteers, corporate partners, and other community organizations.
Donations can be made at habitat.org/harvey or by calling 1-800-HABITAT (1-800-422-4828).
HSCS Cajun Relief Initiative
The Hispanic Student Cultural Society at LSU has partnered with Cajun Airlift, Baton Rouge Emergency Aid Coalition, and Physicians Relief Network to help citizens by raising money to send emergency supplies and food to the people of Puerto Rico.
The Humane Society of Louisiana is hard at work aiding animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey. In the last few days, the private, New Orleans-based charity has coordinated the evacuation of more than 350 homeless animals from shelters and rescue groups in affected parts of Louisiana and Texas. The work is ongoing, as scores of volunteers and local and national adoption partners join together to save lives. In addition to helping animals and shelters hands-on, the group is collecting much-needed supplies that will be delivered to animal shelters in urgent need of help.
To aid disaster response in the future, the charity’s 47 acres Enoch J. Donaldson Animal Sanctuary in Mount Hermon, Louisiana (about two miles north of New Orleans) is also being developed to serve as a permanent staging ground for disaster relief work. Donations of building supplies, portable buildings, trailers, and large transport vehicles for animals are specifically sought for this effort.
Those wanting to donate to aid animal hurricane victims may contribute online at www.HumaneLA.org or send checks by mail to: Humane Society of Louisiana, PO Box 740321, New Orleans, LA 70174.
LSU Student Disaster Relief Fund
LSU is raising funds to assist their students who have been impacted by the storm. To make a tax-deductible contribution to the fund, please visit www.lsufoundation.org/lsustudentrelieffund.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services:
This is the disaster relief arm of the Protestant charitable organization, and it is taking donations to help victims of Harvey. You can donate by phone by calling 800-725-2769, or by mail to PO Box 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
Texas Diaper Bank:
The Texas Diaper Banks provides diapers, formula, baby food, and adult diapers to families in need. CLICK HERE for more.
Trach Mommas of Louisiana:
Trach Mommas is working to help flood survivors who are medically complex, immune compromised or dependent on technology to stay alive. Specialty medical supplies and equipment for those who flooded can not be found at a store or quickly replaced, especially in shelters.
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