What Austinites can do to help Hurricane Harvey and Irma victims
With Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma making landfall in Texas and Florida, thousands of people are displaced and Harvey could possibly be the costliest natural disaster in United States history. To aid in our country’s recovery, we have compiled a comprehensive list of places where you can donate. We wanted to create a resource for Austinites that shows how you can easily be part of the relief efforts and help our fellow Texans and Americans. You can even donate to Harvey relief simply by dining at one of these local Austin restaurants.
If you’re not sure where to start, you can learn more about each organization with Charity Navigator, a guide to intelligent giving. Please keep those Victims of Hurricane Harvey in your thoughts as they work to rebuild what was lost by donating to hurricane relief funds and helping where you can. If you plan to help by volunteering your time, make sure to find out where the help is needed before you go!
Where to Donate Money
American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey Relief and Hurricane Irma Relief
Simply text ‘HARVEY’ or ‘IRMA’ or ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999. Your $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.
- Matching Programs to the American Red Cross
- Amazon Matching up to $1M
Amazon is matching Dollar for Dollar to the American Red Cross up to $1M for donations that go through their website.
- Tito’s Vodka is matching up to $50K
Tito’s Handmade Vodka is also matching dollar for dollar and will go up to $50K to the American Red Cross.
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was started by the Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner. Tax-deductible donations are accepted on their website and the fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
This is the state of Florida’s official private fund to assist communities as they respond to and recover during times of emergency and disaster. Donations are tax deductible and and are made to the Volunteer Florida Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.
CRS is helping families in the Caribbean recover from Irma and prepare for Hurricane Maria that is expected to hit many of the same islands already devastated by Hurricane Irma.
The HEB grocery store chain has an in-store campaign for customer donations at their many locations around the state.
The Central Texas Food Bank is in need of monetary donations and will be delivering food to the affected area.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is taking a caravan to affected areas by Harvey and accepting donations of various items at their HQ, Hope Family Thrift store at 1122 E. 51st Street, 78723. Drop off hours are Monday through Saturday from 10am-5pm. Check their website for the most up to date list of items needed and accepted.
Direct Relief will be providing medical supplies and funds for disaster relief physical labor.
Americares provides relief workers, medical equipment and supplies to the affected area.
Donate or Volunteer through Samaritan’s Purse for Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma
Samaritan’s Purse is accepting donations as well as volunteers for both Harvey and Irma disaster relief for the coming months.
Houston Texans player JJ Watt set up this drive for Houston Flood Relief and started the fund by pledging $100,000 of his own money.
United Way of Greater Houston and Heart of Florida Relief Funds
United Way has launched a storm-related relief fund as it expects the needs of Harvey will exceed the existing disaster relief resources as well as a relief fund for Hurricane Irma.
GoFundMe Campaigns Supporting Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma Victims
This fundraising website created pages that compiles all Harvey and all Irma related campaigns into one area for each so you can choose where you want to donate.
If you are looking for a way to donate other than monetarily or specific items, you can donate blood! Some places taking blood donations are Carter BloodCare, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, and We Are Blood.
Donations to Help Our Furry Friends
Many pets and wildlife are in need of homes and the shelters are in need of resources such as towels and food donations. Austin Pets Alive, SPCA of Texas’s Hurricane Relief, South Florida Wildlife Center, and San Antonio Humane Society are a few of places you can donate to help.
- Charity Navigator’s Hurricane Irma Charities List
- City of Houston Website
- City of Corpus Christi Website
- The Rockport Chamber of Commerce
Important Phone Numbers
- Harris County Emergency Management: (713) 881-3100
- City of Houston Information Line: 3-1-1
- Evacuation Assistance: 2-1-1
- Harris County Sheriff’s Office Non-Emergency: (713) 221-6000
- Coast Guard Rescue: (281) 464-4851, (281) 464-4852, (281) 464-4853
- Austin Legal Hotline: Call 1-800-504-7030 for any legal questions.