Want to donate to help those in Houston who were impacted by Hurricane Harvey? Below is a compilation of resources from sites we trust with some places to go.
Organizations Focused on People of Color
The Black Women’s Defense League is a Dallas-based organization that works directly with community members to determine needs. Click here for a list of supplies that can be donated; head here to donate money.
RAICES, a Texas-based nonprofit group, is working with Texas shelters to find housing for woman and children stranded by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Although ICE stated they were suspending non-criminal immigration enforcement, they also left at least 50 women and children stranded at an empty bus station. Want to help? Donate to them here.
A San Antonio city council member has also set up a collection to send clothing, toys and toiletries to them. You can mail boxes to the Collins Garden Library in San Antonio.
ICNA Relief, also known as Muslims for Humanity, is a nonprofit that has been on the ground helping victims of Hurricane Harvey.
BlackAmericaWeb.com Relief Fund benefits individuals and families who are victims of publicly declared disasters.
Living Hope Wheelchair Association serves many low-income and immigration community members with spinal cord injuries and other disabilities. The organization has been conducting direct rescue efforts.
SHAPE Community Center says its organization aims to “improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.” Since the storm made landfall in Texas, it has mobilized to help the people of Houston stay safe and find shelter.
South Texas Human Rights Center is committed to keeping immigrant families intact and preventing migrant deaths along the Texas-Mexico border through community initiatives. The border—and those living on it—were in the direct path of Hurricane Harvey.
Organizations Helping Other Marginalized Communities
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund was created by the mayor of Houston, Sylvester Turner, to help community members.
The Way Home works to end homelessness in Houston, Harris County and Fort Bend County. It has partnered with a network of area shelters to achieve this. Donate directly to The Way Home or to its partners.
Portlight assists people with disabilities who have medical needs or require shelter as a result of Hurricane Harvey.
Texas Diaper Bank provides emergency diaper kits (which are not distributed by relief agencies) for babies, seniors and people with disabilities.
Organizations Helping with Menstruation and Other Needs
Aquí Estamos RGV, a youth-led LGBTQ people of color org and Neta, another community led org based in Texas have teamed up to collect monetary donations that will be used to purchase and send menstrual hygiene products to people displaced and affected by Hurricane Harvey in Houston and elsewhere on the Gulf Coast.
The Homeless Period Project Houston strives to donate feminine hygiene products to disadvantaged women all around Houston. With all the devastation Harvey has caused, the organization is focusing on getting menstrual supplies to those who need them. You will find links to an Amazon Wish List and fundraiser on their social media. You can follow the local page on Instagram and Facebook for updates or donate via their Amazon Wish List.
Support the Girls collects and distributes donations of new/used bras and new sealed packages of tampons and maxi pads to homeless women and girls across North America (and in four locations worldwide) and is accepting donations for those affected by Harvey. If you need period products or bras or would like to donate either, you can contact them at info@iSupportTheGirls.org.
Want to Volunteer? Volunteer Houston is connecting folks who can lend a helping hand through their volunteer portal.
Note: Information is subject to change due to need in the community.