On August 26, 2017, at 3:00 a.m. local time, Hurricane Harvey made landfall near Rockport, Texas, as a Category 4 hurricane. As of Sunday, August 27, 2017, the storm has stalled, causing catastrophic flooding across much of southeastern Texas. As people in our area consider donations to relief efforts, UWCIL encourages them to:
- donate to charitable organizations they are familiar with,
- donate to organizations with a specific fund established for disaster relief, and
- donate to organizations able to provide details on how your donation will be spent
For this reason, we have provided the information below and recommend making a gift directly to:
- The American Red Cross – www.redcross.org,or
- A local United Way in the affected areas (see below)
It is important to understand disaster relief funds through local United Ways prioritize immediate safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Ways will focus on long-term recovery efforts.
Because this is a far-reaching disaster, affecting at least 20 United Ways in Texas and Louisiana (this page will be updated as information becomes available. If you know someone living in affected areas, please encourage them to call 2-1-1 for assistance.
|Updated, as of 9:00 p.m. ET, August 27, 2017||Donations|
|Aransas County United Way (Rockport)||Community was evacuated, and residents are encouraged to stay away until local authorities and the National Guard can assess roadways. There is a curfew in place and you must show proof of residency to enter Rockport.|
|Guadalupe County United Way (Seguin)|
|Matagorda County United Way (Bay City)|
|United Way Galveston County Mainland, Inc. (Texas City)|
|United Way of Beaumont and North Jefferson County (Beaumont)|
|United Way of Brazoria County (Angleton)||Contributions will be utilized by the Brazoria County Long-Term Recovery Committee (BCL-TRC) for disaster relief.||http://www.uwbc.org/help|
|United Way of Calhoun County (Port Lavaca)|
|United Way of Comal County (New Braunfels)|
|United Way of Galveston (Galveston)||Unable to access offices because of street flooding, although United Way’s space is on the 8th floor, so they expect to be okay.|
|United Way of Greater Austin (Austin)|
|United Way of Greater Baytown Area & Chambers County (Baytown)|
|United Way of Greater Houston (Houston)||Described as “worse than worst case.” Historic and catastrophic flooding expected. See press release. Fund established to help with both immediate, basic needs and long-term recovery services such as case management and minor home repair.||Text UWFLOOD to 41444.
Visit https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood to donate.
|United Way of Hays County (San Marcos)|
|United Way of Jackson County (Edna)|
|United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (Dallas)||Fund established to support nonprofits helping those affected by the storms who are seeking shelter and long-term assistance in North Texas.||https://unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/|
|United Way of Mid & South Jefferson County (Port Arthur)||Flooding and concerns for break in levee.|
|United Way of Orange County (Orange)|
|United Way of San Antonio and Bexar County (San Antonio)|
|United Way of Southwest Louisiana, Inc. (Lake Charles, LA)||See press release.||Text HARVEY to 41444.
Visit www.unitedwayswla.org/donate from any mobile or desktop device.
|United Way of the Coastal Bend (Corpus Christi)|
|United Way of Williamson County (Round Rock)|
|Victoria County United Way (Victoria)||Contributions will be used by partner agencies for disaster relief, emergency food and housing.||https://www.unitedwayvictoria.org/help|