Long after the tents and sandbags go away, we are plugged into what communities need for recovery for decades.
On August 24, 2017, Hurricane Harvey hit Texas and the Gulf Coast. Its winds, rainfall and flooding displaced 30,000+ people and took more than 100 lives in southeast Texas. Widespread catastrophic flooding destroyed more than 200,000 homes—half of which had no flood insurance—and more than 738,000 people registered for assistance with the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
individuals donated to national and local funds
local volunteers have helped communities across the region rebuild
corporate partners contributed to recovery efforts
With your help, United Way raised $61.5 million for long-term recovery.
With 24 local United Ways directly in the path of Harvey, we were uniquely positioned to support on-the-ground recovery efforts, including: raising funds; providing resources like food, water and shelter; mobilizing volunteers; and engaging local partners to ensure community stability.
As local United Ways did what they do best, United Way Worldwide worked to maximize their efforts. To boost the donation process locally, we created the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund. The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation made an inaugural donation of $1 million.
The Path to Rebuilding
In the nearly two years since Hurricane Harvey hit, United Way Worldwide and our Texas offices continue to support the people most affected. United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County donated more than 150,000 pounds of supplies to hurricane victims—despite losing their own offices to Harvey—and United Way of Greater Houston raised more than $47 million for local recovery efforts.
United Way appreciates every donor who supports our critical work around the world. Without your support, both in time and generosity, we would not be able to help communities rebuild after crises and disasters. To learn more about Hurricane Harvey recovery, download a one-pager about the first year of recovery work, read about local United Way investments, and join us in thanking partners who have made it possible. And if you or someone you know was impacted by Harvey, call 211 or visit 211.org to speak with a live, highly-trained service professional in your area.
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