2017 Hurricane Relief Efforts
As we think of ways to sustain our hope in these times of repeated disasters, please join this community as we share our resources with those in desperate need. Let us lend our hope to those looking for it.
The following are organizations that have been compiled for your convenience. This list is not an endorsement or recommendation. Your gifts may be tax deductible for federal income tax purposes. Please consult your tax advisors or the IRS for details.
Veatch grantees and funder colleagues have established the Harvey Community Relief Fund, a coalition of grassroots organizations that have a history of working together on campaigns to support economic, immigrant and racial justice in Texas. They are focusing on helping the most overlooked and under-protected victims of Hurricane Harvey. Their link is https://act.myngp.com/Forms/-3833118145683060992.
If you're looking for a local charity to support in the wake of Hurricane Harvey please consider the Houston Food Bank at http://tinyurl.com/y7sj72tj . (For a list of other recommended charities, go to Charity Navigator, a well-respected organization that rates 8,000 charities: http://tinyurl.com/ydgrsvl7 )
In the UU world, members have already contributed $350,00 to the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) and the Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) joint recovery fund to help victims of Hurricane Harvey. You can now contribute to a UUA sponsored fund to help the victims of Hurricane Irma: https://giving.uua.org/irma-aid (We will update UU information as it becomes available.)
Hurricane Maria and Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico: Together Changing Paths, an initiative brought forth by the First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María. 100% of the proceeds will go to helping the victims affected by these natural disasters in Puerto Rico. http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/
The Global Giving Mexico Relief Fund (http://tinyurl.com/ychk4ypw, four-star Charity Navigator rating) is collecting donations to help earthquake survivors with supplies such as food, water, and medicine. They will also provide long-term assistance to help residents rebuild.
The International Community Foundation (http://tinyurl.com/yajlm7lb, four-star Charity Navigator rating) has established an earthquake disaster relief fund to help local organizations meet short-term basic needs, and assist in long-term recovery efforts.