Hurricane Harvey Relief Resources
28 AUG 2017

Rebuild Texas Fund

On Friday, September 1, 2017, Governor Greg Abbott announced the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation will be collaborating with OneStar Foundation to form a relief fund for Texans impacted by Hurricane Harvey called the Rebuild Texas Fund. The Dell Foundation will be contributing $36 million to the fund with a long-term vision for the recovery of the affected areas. This fund will focus on helping Texans during this time of great need and will address the long-term efforts to rebuild our communities in the years to come. Those wishing to donate to the fund can do so by visiting www.rebuildtx.org or by texting ‘rebuildtx’ to 91999. The Governor joined Susan and Michael Dell on Good Morning America last week to announce the creation of the Rebuild Texas Fund and to encourage people across the country to donate. Read more about Governor Abbott's announcement in his press release by clicking here.

If you were impacted by Hurricane Harvey – Organizations across the state of Texas have been working tirelessly to provide resources to help meet your immediate needs in a timely fashion.  However, we recognize that many of you were profoundly affected by the storm and subsequent flooding.  We also recognize that, many times, the aid is not provided as quickly as it is needed.  We understand your frustration and we thank you for your patience. 

For immediate needs, please contact the following organizations that will be able to connect you with resources:

 

If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey –please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster page for organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations. Please be patient and do not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders. Please wait until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.  The generosity of our residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort will help Texans recover from Hurricane Harvey.  A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make.

Please click the link provided for information given from the Office of Texas Governor Abbott.

Read below for information provided by Damian Morales, Disaster Services Program Manager to OneStar Foundation.

 

Other Ways To Donate

A financial contribution to a recognized disaster relief organization is the most effective donation to make.  Public and private sector support of these voluntary organizations with financial contributions helps to ensure a steady flow of important services to our residents who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.  A financial contribution is: 

  • The most needed and most efficient way of helping those impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

  • Allows voluntary organizations to fund response and recovery efforts, obtain goods and services locally, and provide direct financial assistance to Hurricane Harvey survivors to meet their own needs.

  • Allows you to make a financial contribution to the voluntary organization of your choice.

  • If you need help in determining who to give to, the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (Texas VOAD) website has a list of vetted disaster relief organizations who are providing services to our residents.  Texas VOAD represents more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations.     

Unsolicited donated goods such as used clothing, miscellaneous household items, and mixed or perishable foodstuffs require helping agencies to redirect valuable resources away from providing services to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.



Volunteer Opportunities

  • If you wish to volunteer in response to Hurricane Harvey, please visit the Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster website for a list of more than three dozen faith-based, community, nonprofit and non-governmental organizations that include volunteer engagement as a key component of their operations. 
  • Please be patient and do not self-deploy, as unexpectedly showing up to any of the communities that have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey will create an additional burden for first responders. 

Although the need is great, and desire to help strong, it is important for residents to avoid donating material goods or self-deploying to help until our communities are safe and public officials and disaster relief organizations have had an opportunity to assess the damage and identify what the specific unmet needs are.  Please continue to monitor this website for updated information. 
It is the generous spirit of our residents, nonprofits organizations, faith-based organizations, community-based organizations, private sector partners, and governmental agencies and partners working in a coordinated effort that will most effectively and efficiently help Texans recovery from Hurricane Harvey. 
 
*Check this page perodically for updates.