Ways to Help – 2017 Hurricane Relief Organizations
The Atlantic (or Poseidon or Neptune) has decided that this year is going to be a big Hurricane year. With Harvey, Irma, impacting a wide swath of people and places.
Not everyone can take time and volunteer, or donate goods. But, as many charities in Houston, Florida, and beyond have said, donating money is a big help as well.
For Hurricane Harvey Relief:
But, there are also a lot of smaller charities that are doing and will keep doing important work in the aftermath of Harvey.
GoFundMe has set up a page of campaigns that have been put up. They do say that if people see Campaigns on there that don’t look legit to use their Report Campaign button so that they can take it down.
The TLA (Texas Library Association) also has a Disaster Relief Fund that you can donate to (or you can also buy a TLA Coloring Book benefiting the Disaster Relief Fund). The gifts to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund directly assists libraries impacted by the storm’s devastation through grants awarded to aid in recovery efforts.
For Hurricane Irma Relief:
Again, there are always the big national charities that you can give a donation to help the relief effort, like the Red Cross, Americares (this is a link that goes directly to the Irma relief page), Salvation Army. (Americares is one of the charities that operates in Puerto Rico and is helping them out).
UNICEF is helping those hit by Harvey, as well as those on the continent and the islands hit by Irma.
GoFundMe has set up a page of campaigns that have been put up for Irma as well. And again, they say that if people see Campaigns on there that don’t look legit to use their Report Campaign button so that they can take it down.
Habitat for Humanity: Trinidad & Tobago is raising money for Barbuda that reports say has lost as much as 95% of the structures on the island.
There is also the Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross which is taking donations.
The British Virgin Islands were hit hard as well, and there is an effort being spearheaded by Virgin Unite as well as the UK government and Richard Branson to rebuild them.
Feeding Florida – Florida’s Food Bank Network
Also, please remember to check if your church, synagogue, mosque, etc. has something that they’re contributing to. A lot of places of faith already have large networks throughout the country (and world) that can get help to those who need it sometimes faster than the large national charities.
Most importantly, if you ever have a question about whether a charity is legit or not, the first place to go is Charity Navigator (I urge you to even check the charities I have listed here if you’re at all worried). They have all sorts of information about the charities, and if you can’t find the charity that has you feeling uneasy, perhaps think about giving somewhere else.
To all those in the areas hit, our thoughts and prayers are with you.
Edited: September 12th, 2017
Edited: September 9th, 2017