Support to Hurricane Harvey Relief and Recovery Efforts
meg, September 1, 2017
The devastation Hurricane Harvey left in its path throughout Texas is unimaginable. We stand in solidarity with those affected by Harvey, even as our faith communities continue to work to repair our damaged climate that exacerbates destructive storms. If you feel called to act, below are some of the faith communities and other organizations providing relief and essential services (list compiled by the Virginia Interfaith Center for Public Policy). Please remember that in general, money is the fastest, most effective contribution you can make. Let’s join together to show our love and support as communities of faith.
Red Cross — Visit redcross.org, call 1-800-RED-CROSS, or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
Save the Children — Save the Children is delivering family-friendly relief supplies, setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters and planning for long-term recovery needs. Support those efforts here.
Presbyterian Church (USA) — Presbyterian Disaster Assistance is the emergency response and refugee program of the denomination. To support recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey, click here to donate securely and quickly. If you prefer to mail a check (please designate Disaster Relief–U.S. Hurricane Response, DR000169), you may send it to: Presbyterian Church (USA), P.O. Box 643700, Pittsburgh, PA, 15264-3700. You may also call weekdays 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 1-800-872-3283 and donate by phone.
Southern Baptist Disaster Relief — Southern Baptist Disaster Relief is assisting in the care of thousands of displaced Texans, and working to restore homes. Learn more about how to support their efforts here.
Jewish Federations — The Jewish Federations of North America opened an emergency relief fund to support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey. There are many other Jewish organizations who are supporting affected families and rebuilding, including:
Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) is joining with the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) to help the growing numbers of victims of this natural disaster. The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will be administered by JFNA and will enable relief agencies and partners in the United States, Israel, and beyond to provide urgently needed assistance in a coordinated manner. CJP is providing $25,000 in immediate assistance.
Catholic Charities USA — Catholic Charities USA, a Catholic social service organization, has set up a website devoted to Harvey relief, and explains that “long term recovery” is part of the group’s approach to natural disasters.
Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services — The Salvation Army Emergency Disaster Services, the disaster relief arm of the Protestant charitable organization, is accepting monetary donations to help victims of Hurricane Harvey.You can donate by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY, texting STORM to 51555, sending a donation through the mail or online at helpsalvationarmy.com.
Meg Mall, Executive Director, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions
Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)