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Hurricane Irma Disaster Relief: How to Help

In addition to praying for those who are being impacted by Hurricane Irma, you may be wondering what else you can do to help. One easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Here are some suggestions and a little guidance if you’re not sure where to start.

This ProPublica article is worth reading in its entirety, but it makes a couple of key points to keep in mind about giving after a disaster:

  • Do your own research before giving to any group.
  • Groups with strong local ties to their community can sometimes be the best option.
  • You have the right to demand accountability of the groups you give to.

If you are looking for some groups to send money or other support to, here are some options. We have curated this list from recommendations from our NBCC community, Charity Navigator, the San Jose Mercury News, and the New York Times:

  • GlobalGiving: The GlobalGiving community is made up of large and small nonprofits from more than 170+ countries. All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in Hurricane Irma-affected regions. GlobalGiving decides which among its network of nonprofits have the highest need and are most effective. The fund will help first responders meet survivors' immediate needs, including the provision of shelter, medical care, food, and clean water. (4-star Charity Navigator rating)
  • Samaritan's Purse: Samaritan’s Purse is first responding to help hurting people on the island country of St. Maarten, where Irma caused widespread destruction. Florida and other parts of the southeastern United States are being impacted by Irma. As Samaritan's Purse continues to serve people in Texas in the name of Jesus Christ, the organization is also putting equipment into position for a U.S. Disaster Relief response to support people affected by Irma. (4-star Charity Navigator rating)
  • Animal Rescue Foundation: Animal Rescue Foundation is a California-based nonprofit that is partnering with the Humane Society of Broward County (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) to coordinate a large animal evacuation for those fleeing the path of Hurricane Irma. These dogs and cats are now receiving care – both medical and tender, loving – at ARF in Walnut Creek. Your support helps shoulder the expenses of transportation, medical care and supplies of the pets coming from Florida. (4-star Charity Navigator rating

 

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Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief: How to Help

Hurricane Harvey made landfall on Friday evening, August 25, as the first Category 4 hurricane to hit the United States since Hurricane Charley in 2004. The storm, which intensified over the Gulf of Mexico before hitting Texas and its surrounding states, brought heavy rainfall, damaging winds, and a powerful storm surge. It has significantly impacted communities along the Texas coastline, including Houston, as well as other areas along the Gulf with wind and flood damage. 

You might be wondering what you can do to help. One easy way to pitch in is to give money to one or more of the many charities involved with the response and recovery. Here are some suggestions and a little guidance if you’re not sure where to start.

This ProPublica article is worth reading in its entirety, but it makes a couple of key points to keep in mind about giving after a disaster:

  • Do your own research before giving to any group.
  • Groups with strong local ties to their community can sometimes be the best option.
  • You have the right to demand accountability of the groups you give to.

If you are looking for some groups to send money or other support to, here are some options. We have curated this list from recommendations from our NBCC community, Charity Navigator and the New York Times:

  • Jordan International Aid: NBCC Partner Enoch Choi does medical disaster relief regularly through Jordan International Aid. On Tuesday, September 5 he will go with a team of doctors and nurses to provide medical aid to the families affected by the hurricane. (Guidestar profile)
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner has established this fund that is housed under the Greater Houston Community Foundation. This fund will provide relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild. All donations to this fund will exclusively support relief and recovery efforts from this storm. (Guidestar profile)
  • Houston SPCA: The Houston SPCA is the lead nonprofit agency for animal-related disaster rescue, relief and resources in the region. They are currently providing emergency animal rescue in areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. (Charity Navigator rating)
  • Samaritan’s Purse: Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Disaster relief units and staff are already on the ground in Texas. (Charity Navigator rating)

If you have any questions, please contact Evelyn Powery at epowery@nbccbayarea.com. Thank you for your generosity!