How to Help Those Affected by Hurricane Harvey

Abigail Sawyer | 29 Aug 2017 | Trends

As many of you may know, the Blinds.com headquarters and vast majority of our team members are based in Houston. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey many of our employees have had damage to their homes and lost power, but many others are jumping into action to help their neighbors.

If you’ve been touched by some of the stories of Houston residents and are eager to help, we’ve collected a list of ways to do that.

A great place to start is:

The Greater Houston Community Foundation

The Easter Seals of Greater Houston

The Houston Food Bank

Monetary donations are preferred by many organizations as material donations can require additional transportation and logistical complications. Before making any donations, it’s always good to do some research. Charity Navigator is a resource to start with.

General Relief

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. The organization will channel funds to a number or relief efforts across the city.

The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Help People with Disabilities

The differently abled community can be some of the hardest hit by disasters. Easter Seals provides services individuals with autism, developmental disabilities, physical disabilities, other special needs, and disabled veterans.

Support Food Banks

Texas food banks are mobilizing to support the large number of people who have lost access to food and water. Feeding Texas is a statewide non-profit that coordinates with federal, state and local food banks in times of disaster response. You can also donate directly to the Houston Food Bank.

Consider donating money instead of food, as it allows a food bank to use your donation most efficiently.

Care for the Homeless

Houston has a large homeless population and many organizations that serve that community. The Houston Coalition for the Homeless coordinates the city’s response to homelessness and is funelling support to organizations that offer direct service.

Help Displaced Children

Diapers take up a lot of space in a delivery truck, which means that other relief organizations have to decide between bringing diapers or food to affected areas. The Texas Diaper Bank fills in that need. As mentioned above, this organization needs money, not physical diaper donations.

Support Animals in Need

Many pets have been evacuated from South East Texas shelters and more are waiting to be rescued by boat. The ASPCA is working to rescue animals while BARC Houston and Austin Pets Alive! are housing animals and in dire need of foster homes until facilities are safe enough to return to. Austin Pets Alive! has transported more than 235 animals to its shelter. It says it has received so many donated supplies that it’s running out of storage space, so financial donations are what it needs most.

Hear it from a Flood Survivor 1 Year Later

Blinds.com was honored to partner with Susie Harris, a Louisiana Native who has been rebuilding after 2016 flooding in her area. When she approached us to ask if we’d be a part of her renovation, we had no idea that we’d be looking to her for advice and inspiration just a few months later. Read Susie’s recovery story and her post on advice for the best ways to help flood survivors – including right after the storm and in the months and years of further recovery.

Thank you for your support.

  • About Author

    Abigail Sawyer is a Senior Social Media Specialist for Blinds.com. She's a home improvement junkie who is currently restoring a 1972 cottage with the help of her husband and goldendoodle, Biscuit. Walking in the footsteps of Martha Stewart, she’s happiest when she’s crafting or whipping up a new recipe; although nothing beats curling up with a good book and some Girl Scout Cookies. Follow her on twitter + instagram at @whatabigailsaw