Our hearts are heavy seeing the thousands of Texans affected by Hurricane Harvey this week. We love this great state and its wonderful people, and we know that the strength, resilience, and love all Texans share will help us heal and rebuild.
But right now, relief is needed in many forms. We have compiled a list of organizations and groups that are accepting donations and assistance for those affected, and we ask that you help when and where you can, both now and going forward.
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, 4852, 4853
Legal hotlines have been set up in Austin. Call 1-800-504-7030 for any legal questions.
Where to Donate
- The Mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, has started the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Tax-deductible donations accepted on their website. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
- The H-E-B grocery store chain has an in-store campaign for customer donations at their many locations.
- 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 area and accepting donations of various items at their HQ, 1122 E. 51st Street, 78723. Check their website for items needed and accepted.
- Diapers are greatly needed for families with babies, so please donate via The Texas Diaper Bank and Austin Diapers.
- Blood Donations can be made at Carter BloodCare, South Texas Blood and Tissue Center and We Are Blood.
- American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief makes it easy to donate—simply text ‘HARVEY’ or ‘REDCROSS’ to 90999. Your $10 donation will appear on your phone bill.
- The Rockport Chamber of Commerce has links to many ways to support this devastated coastal community.
- Houston Texans player JJ Watt set up this drive for Houston Flood Relief.
- To help our furry friends, visit SPCA of Texas’s specific hurricane relief page, San Antonio Humane Society, and Austin Pets Alive. Many shelters are also in need of towels and food donations.
Your Community, There for You
The TX Conference for Women app is now more than just a source for convention center maps – it’s a tool for reaching out to the conference community. Whether you have skills and supplies to offer survivors, or you need help getting back on your feet, it’s worth reaching out. Search “TexasWomen” to download the TX Conference for Women app, then tap “Conference Community” from the home screen to read & post messages today—and during the months of rebuilding to come.
Thank you from the Texas Conference for Women for anything and everything you do to help our fellow Texans. We have been heartened to see the outpouring of assistance and support for those affected by this devastating storm. This week we’ve seen that when Mother Nature is at her worst, human nature is at its best.
—TX Conference for Women