Hurricane Harvey made landfall just a few short days ago, and thus far, it has brought immense damage and tragedy. Now categorized as a tropical storm, Harvey continues to pound the Houston region of Texas, flooding the streets and forcing residents out of their homes.
Texas Governor Gregg Abbott has said of Harvey, it is “one of the largest disasters America has ever faced.”
In the face of such disaster and the challenging road ahead, it’s been inspiring to see folks band together to help Houston’s citizens find safety and make small steps toward recovery.
With the storm still actively causing damage, it is imperative that we do all we can to help Houston, the state of Texas, and all who were harmed by Harvey.
If you’re interested in donating and helping raise money for Harvey’s victims, below we’ve compiled a short list of ways you can get involved.
4 Ways to Support Houston After Hurricane Harvey
1. Start a Crowdfunding Campaign
If you want to help and have a strong online presence, we’d recommend you start a crowdfunding campaign.
You can have your campaign up and running in minutes, and then you can start raising money for Houston and its residents.
All you’ll need to do is set a goal, upload a few moving images, and tell your story.
To get started, you’ll want to write a description detailing your cause. Explain to your potential donors not just about Hurricane Harvey but what helping the cause means to you.
Additionally, you should pick out an organization that you’ll be donating your funds to. Maybe you want to consider a community food bank local to the area or you could go the path of a larger nonprofit like The Red Cross.
Once your crowdfunding page is up and running, promotion is going to be critical. Share you campaign across your entire online presence, from email to Facebook to Instagram and beyond. And don’t be afraid to make in-person requests either.
2. Contribute to an Existing Crowdfunding Campaign
If you’d prefer to donate to an existing crowdfunding campaign rather than start your own, there will be no shortage of options to contribute to.
For example, just recently, Craig Robertson of the New Orleans Saints created a “Hurricane Relief Fund” on Fundly.
Craig is not alone. He is one of the many who have stepped up and is looking to help the people of Texas.
Crowdfunding campaigns related to Hurricane Harvey have run the full spectrum from funds like Robertson’s to families from Houston seeking help in their recovery to everything in between.
So, if you feel you don’t have the resources to run your own campaign, we highly recommend you contribute to an existing crowdfunding campaign.
3. Send Food and Materials to Local Food Banks
Houston and its surrounding areas has a number of food banks that are working tirelessly to provide for the residents of their community in this desperate time of need.
If you don’t have monetary funds to spare, consider sending non-perishable food to local food banks, such as the San Antonio Food Bank.
Items you can send include:
- Diapers and other gear for children and families
- Non-perishable foods
- Hygiene items
- Flashlights and batteries
Plus, if you’re close to the area and are able to help, you can consider volunteering with one of the food banks to box and deliver these emergency care packages to your neighbors in need.
4. Donate to a Local Nonprofit
The Texas region impacted by Hurricane Harvey is luckily full of amazing nonprofits that are working around the clock to help the community get through this terrible natural disaster.
The nonprofits you can donate to cover a range of much-needed causes, including:
- Helping the homeless — The Coalition for the Homeless
- Providing blood and tissue to area hospitals — American Red Cross
- Offering lodging — Airbnb
- Giving out food and other essentials — San Antonio Food Bank
- Caring for affected pets and animals — Austin Pets Alive
There are countless more excellent organizations doing critical work in the Houston region, and donating to an active nonprofit is one of the best ways to ensure you’re helping the deserving people of Houston.
Those are just four of the ways you can raise money for Harvey’s victims, Houston, and the surrounding areas.
For even more options, we recommend checking out “10 Ways to Help the People of Houston Recover from Hurricane Harvey.”
Houston will be recovering from Harvey for years to come, but it is vital that it starts getting financial and emotional support right away.
Fundly is dedicated to providing you with the tools you need to raise money for whatever your cause may be.