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Fund Established for Monetary Donations

 

August 28, 2017

CITY AND COUNTY OFFICIALS URGE RESIDENTS TO DONATE TO GREATER HOUSTON COMMUNITY FOUNDATION RELIEF FUND

HOUSTON – In the wake of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey, individuals may want to donate to help affected residents. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Ed Emmett are urging people who wish to help affected residents to donate money to recognized charities that are currently engaged in the response and recovery.

After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.

To donate, visit:

ghcf.org/hurricane-relief

The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.

Additionally, charities that are recognized by national organizations, such as the United Way (unitedway.org) and the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) (nvoad.org) are often a good place to start. You may also check with your faith community to see if they can route donations to faith-based organizations already helping others.

While some may feel compelled to donate specific household items to disaster survivors, please remember that this may create a burden on responding agencies, as they must collect, sort, clean, and distribute items.The City and County have activated a joint donations management program with various non-profit agencies to manage requests. A phone line has been established by the Houston Food Bank to handle questions about donations.

Residents, organizations, companies and groups may call:

2-1-1

between the hours of 9:00am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday to ask questions about making donations.

Welcome to the Harris County Recovery Network Website

In the event of a disaster or other emergency, this is your information hub for the weeks and months after the immediate emergency passes and recovery begins. If the emergency creates the need for shelters, food and water distribution or longer term housing we’ll do our best to point you in the right direction. This is NOT the best source of information before and during an emergency.

The Harris County office of Homeland Security & Emergency Management will coordinate with the local news outlets before and during the actual emergency. The Harris County Recovery Network is here to serve you in the in the weeks, months and even years beyond the immediate emergency. Meanwhile, we hope you take the time to review this information from lessons learned after past emergencies.