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United Ways Offer Hope and Help in Response to Hurricane Harvey

IF YOU OR SOMEONE YOU KNOW NEEDS ASSISTANCE >

If you live in Texas or surrounding areas, and have been directly affected by Hurricane Harvey, please call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org for information on emergency shelters, food and water.

 

HOW TO DONATE TO LOCAL EFFORTS >

United Way is monitoring local efforts to support communities affected by Hurricane Harvey. Click to learn more about how United Ways are responding to Hurricane Harvey.


It is in times of need that we discover the full impact of a community United. As Hurricane Harvey wreaks havoc on homes and communities across Southeastern Texas and Southwestern Louisiana—producing up to 50 inches of rain in some areas—United Ways across the region are helping families face devastating losses from the historic flooding with an eye toward long-term recovery.

The largest of its kind to make landfall in the United States since 2005, Hurricane Harvey is leaving a wake of destruction in its path—but there is hope. From Hurricane Katrina to the flooding in Tamil Nadu, India, United Ways have a history of coordinating community responses to help those affected by natural disasters. Whether by raising funds to aid in relief efforts, engaging first-responders or mobilizing partners to help with on-the-ground long-term recovery, United Ways offer hope and help when it is most needed.

 

If You or Someone You Know Needs Assistance

2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services—24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about evacuation routes, shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs throughout the storm.

 

How to Donate to Local Efforts

This information will be updated as we receive additional information.

As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster. Local funds have been set up to help with both the short-term needs and the longer-term rebuilding efforts. You can learn more below about how to donate or how you can help those impacted by this natural disaster.

 

United Ways Respond to Hurricane Harvey – Local Efforts

Updated as of Sept. 10, 2017

 

Capital Area United Way (Baton Rouge, Louisiana)

Activated their Disaster Relief Fund and will allocate donations to areas in most need, which may include United Way of Greater Houston and United Way of Southwest Louisiana. If you would like your donation to be sent to a specific organization, please enter their name in the box labeled “If other please explain …”

Donate here.

 

Matagorda County United Way (Bay City, Texas)

Activated a local Disaster Relief Fund to be used (1) to provide goods and services not readily available through other funding sources to low-income storm and flood victims; (2) to pay for increased services related to disaster recovery to low income clients by partner agencies; and 3) to pay for storm and flood damage or losses suffered by partner agencies that are not covered by insurance or funding from other sources. Go to the website home page at www.mcuwtx.org and “Donate”. The form - provides for designation of the donation for Local Disaster Relief or annual fund.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Acadiana (Lafayette, Louisiana)

The United Way of Acadiana Harvey Fund has been launched to leverage resources and make the greatest impact in recovery efforts for community members in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Learn more about the Flood the Love Campaign. 

Text HARVEYFUND TO 91999

Donate here.

 

United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County (Beaumont, Texas)

Contributions will be used by partner agencies for disaster relief, emergency food and housing.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Brazoria County (Angleton, Texas)

Contributions will be utilized by the Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee (BCL-TRC) for disaster relief.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Central Texas

United Way of Central Texas is working with partner United Ways in their affected area to help their communities in their recovery. Please be sure to indicate whether you would like your donation to go to local disaster relief efforts here in Bell County, or if you would like your donation to go to hurricane relief efforts outside of Bell County.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Comal County (New Braunfels, Texas)

This community has not been affected as much as others. United Way of Comal County has chosen to direct any donors to United Ways more directly affected. Their website www.uwcomal.org has been updated to direct donors to those United Ways.
 

United Way of the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi, Texas)

United Way of the Coastal Bend has created a local disaster relief fund. 100% of all dollars raised goes to our partner programs working in the relief effort.
Text UWHARVEY to 41444


Donate here.

 

United Way of Galveston (Galveston, Texas)

United Way of Galveston has launched the Harvey Relief Fund to help support Galveston and our neighboring communities in the aftermath of Harvey. United Way’s first priority will be safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts. United Way of Galveston maintains a disaster reserve fund, which will be tapped for this storm, however because of the widespread devastation already seen, the needs of those impacted will far exceed existing resources. 100% of the donations will be used for Harvey recovery efforts.
 

Donate here.

 

United Way of Galveston County Mainland (Texas City, Texas)

United Way of Galveston County Mainland activated a Harvey Relief Fund to help support the Galveston County community in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. United Way Galveston County Mainland has been working with its partner agencies such as the American Red Cross and The Salvation Army to provide safety, shelter, and basic needs, but needs help to support long-term recovery needs. United Way of Galveston County Mainland maintains a disaster reserve fund, which will be used for this storm, however because of the widespread flooding and devastation already seen, the needs of those impacted will far exceed existing resources.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Greater Austin (Austin, Texas)

United Way for Greater Austin is proud to be teaming up with Austin Community Foundation, Entrepreneurs Foundation, MFI Foundation and Capital Factory to coordinate the efforts of the Central Texas philanthropic community in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Members of our local philanthropic community have come together with an initial match of $200,000, increasing the impact we can make together. In the coming months, we will work with agency partners to identify the areas of greatest need. Funds will be deployed over the next several years through strategic grants supporting long-term recovery efforts. Through the Central Texas Long-Term Hurricane Recovery Fund, we are committed to supporting affected communities, particularly those with access to fewer resources. 


Donate here.

 

United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County (Baytown, tEXAS)

Launched the United Way Harvey Relief Fund to help support our community in the aftermath of Harvey.  United Way's first priority will be safety, shelter, and basic needs, like food.  Once the community is stabilized the United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.  All donations received will go directly to disaster relief.
 

Donate here.

 

United Way of Greater Houston (Houston, Texas)

We have launched the United Way Relief Fund to help meet storm-related needs and recovery in our community. 100% of your gift to the United Way Relief Fund goes to help our neighbors and our community recover from Hurricane Harvey. If you are an international donor, please visit this form to contribute to the United Way Relief Fund.  Text UWFLOOD to 41444


Donate here.

 

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (Dallas, Texas)

United Way of Metropolitan Dallas has established a dedicated relief fund to provide support to those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We will distribute 100% of the funds contributed to nonprofits supporting those affected by the storms who are seeking shelter and long-term assistance in North Texas. Donate now to help our fellow Texans rebuild and recover.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County (Port Arthur, Texas)

Activated A Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to help Mid-South Jefferson County residents to recover from the impacts of Hurricane Harvey.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Northwest Louisiana (Shreveport, Louisiana)

In-Kind Donations - click here to learn more
Mail donations to United Way of Northwest Louisiana, 820 Jordan Street, Suite 370, Shreveport, LA 71101.
To sign up as a volunteer click here.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Orange County (Orange, Texas)

United Way of Orange County has established a relief fund.  Contributions will be used by our partner agencies for disaster relief, emergency food and housing.


Donate here.

 

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County (San Antonio, Texas)

United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County will follow their normal protocol and transfer all donations to the American Red Cross, restricted to the Harvey Relief Effort. They have also established a designation code for Harvey Relief to be used in corporate employee campaigns.
Text HarveyRelief17 to 41444

 

United Way of Southeast Louisiana (New Orleans, Louisiana)

Launched the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to aid in recovery efforts for areas affected by the storm – many of which are the same communities that provided relief assistance to the people of Southeast Louisiana in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. All funds will support immediate relief and long-term recovery efforts through community grants to partners and nonprofit organizations providing direct services to assist with recovery.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. (Lake Charles, Louisiana)

United Way of Southwest Louisiana, in conjunction with the Southwest Louisiana Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) has launched the Flood the Love Campaign, a community donation drive to collect basic needs in preparation for the flooding across South Louisiana. Learn more about the Flood the Love Campaign
Text HARVEY to 41444
Donate here.

 

United Way of Tarrant County (Fort Worth, Texas)

To begin gathering resources for resilience and long-term recovery of families evacuated to Tarrant County, United Way of Tarrant County has activated it’s “Emergency Aid Fund”.  100% of the funds go to the work associated with resilience and long term recovery for emergencies such as this. If you would like to provide monetary donations to help the support and recovery effort, we ask that you donate directly to the United Way of Greater Houston where they have opened a comprehensive fund for response, relief and recovery.

Donate here.

 

United Way of Williamson County (Round Rock, Texas)

Funds collected through the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will be used to meet the immediate needs and long-term recovery efforts for those impacted by the storm. 100% of the funds will be distributed to 501(c) 3 organizations that are working to meet the immediate and long-term recovery needs following the storm. Funds may be used to assist with items such as basic needs, recovery efforts, or the purchase of supplies for rebuilding homes.

Donate here.

 

Victoria County United Way (Victoria, Texas)

Money donated to Victoria County United Way will be used for basic needs, recovery efforts and the purchase of supplies for rebuilding homes. All of the donations (100%) will be distributed to 501(c) 3 organizations working to meet the immediate and long-term recovery needs.

Donate here.

 

Other United Ways in the affected areas

Aransas County United Way (Rockport, Texas), United Way of Calhoun County (Port Lavaca, Texas), United Way of Jackson County (Edna, Texas)


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