Make no mistake about it. Houston has taken a beating by Hurricane Harvey. It is every bit as bad as it looks on the news and life changing for those living in the 1/3 of Harris County that is underwater.
It is our experience that catastrophes bring out the best in people and Tropical Storm Harvey is no exception. Those who are not flooded have offered their homes to those that are. Those who have boats have rescued the infirm, cats, dogs and children. People have come from near and far to help our terrific city.
Many of our out of town clients and friends have asked for our recommendations on how to support the rescue efforts taking place. There is no shortage of organizations accepting donations and using them to help Houstonians in need. We polled our team and while this is not meant to be an all-inclusive list, there are some small organizations you might not hear about elsewhere. These are some of the charities to whom we will be donating.
The Red Cross
The Houston Food Bank
The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund established by Mayor Sylvester Turner to help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.
All Hands Volunteers is a volunteer-powered disaster relief organization dedicated to rebuilding communities impacted by natural disasters by leveraging volunteers and community partners. All Hands currently has staff on the ground in Texas and is in communication with government officials regarding where the greatest needs exist.
Global Giving is a charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts.
AmeriCares is a health-focused relief organization that is providing emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and healthcare providers.
To Help Animals Stranded, Hungry and/or Looking for their Owners
Friends for Life is one of Houston's most highly respected animal shelters.
Texas Litter Control is a low-cost spay/neuter clinic and feral cat sanctuary in North Houston that has been flooded and is performing rescues with limited resources. They desperately need supplies and food.
Forgotten Dogs of The Fifth Ward. Flood or no flood, they comb the Fifth Ward pulling out the most desperate of the thousands of strays there. In anticipation of the flood, they worked to get people to unchain their dogs so that they wouldn't drown as the waters rose.
The Brazoria County SPCA, a no-kill animal shelter (not affiliated with the Houston SPCA). Brazoria County has been hammered by Harvey but will get way less attention because they are outside of Houston. They are overwhelmed with abandoned and stray animals resulting from the flood.
Greater Good is a not for profit that has delivered 230 pounds of dog food, 175 pounds of cat food, 80 pounds of cat litter, and litter pans to the evacuation shelter opened at the George R. Brown Convention Center in downtown Houston. It is raising money to deliver much-needed medical supplies to shelters and mobilizing resources to transfer animals to other cities where they can find forever homes.
To Support our First Responders
The Houston 100 Club supports families of the Houston Police Department and first responders.
We remain grateful for our friends and clients that have checked in on us and asked how to help.