Texas made the front page of the Sunday New York Times last week. That never happens, unless the governor is running for president and can’t remember the name of the department he now heads, or we’ve peaked as the top state without healthcare.
In this case, Hurricane Harvey destroyed the Texas and Louisiana Gulf Coast. Hundreds of thousands have evacuated and relocated, lives have been lost, and everyone is scrambling to find a gas station that hasn’t yet run out of gas.
Harvey evacuees are just now preparing to return home, where they will discover if their homes have been flooded. Here in Austin, we’re getting ready to take in over 6,000 people whose homes have been destroyed. The compassion and immediate willingness to help all over the country has been heartwarming during the storm.
I’ve cross-referenced several lists floating around. Here are some ways to help, using your time, resources, dollars, etc…
- Organize a canned food drive at your work, school, community center, etc…
- Austin Mayor Adler has asked Austinites to make welcome kits for incoming evacuees. Here’s the list of items needed and drop-off locations in Austin.
- Donate to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Proceeds go to the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- If you believe in reproductive rights, spread the word! When you donate to Whole Woman’s Health’s Stigma Relief Fund you’ll help cover the cost of abortion care to those affected by the Hurricane.
- Donate to Counter Balance Austin.
- Check out this list from Another Gulf is Possible, on more opportunities to donate.
- Volunteer at the Austin Disaster Relief Network
- Connect and volunteer with Austin Common Ground Relief
- Check out this list and map of drop-off locations in Austin.
- Austin Pets Alive! has been proactive on recovering strays and pets during the Hurricane. They are accepting volunteers and monetary donations. Currently, they do not have space for in-kind donations.
Also, spread the word!