Houston

How to Help Houston After Hurricane Harvey

Houston needs your help.

The more than 50 inches of rain dumped on Houston by Hurricane Harvey is now the most ever recorded in the continental United States from a single storm.

The result has been devastating for not just Houston, the nation’s fourth largest city, but other area suburbs and towns in Texas, and residents are in dire need of support—not just now but in the months to come long after the waters recede.

The stories coming out of Texas may be heartbreaking, but there are many ways you can provide much-needed assistance, if you’re looking to help from afar.

In most cases, monetary donations are preferred, given that charities have the flexibility to do more with the funds than supplies, according to USAID. “Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees,” the organization says. “It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods.”

The American Red Cross is collecting $10 donations to help provide immediate relief via texts of the word HARVEY to 90999. Individuals can also visit redcross.org or call 1-855-999-GIVE.

Members of Marriott International’s Marriott Rewards, Starwood Preferred Guest, and The Ritz-Carlton Rewards loyalty programs have the option of donating points as contributions to the Red Cross.

With more than 113 hotels in the path of storm, Marriott International and The J. Willard & Alice S. Marriott Foundation have contributed $250,000 to the Red Cross, for a total contribution of $500,000, to assist those communities and individuals impacted by the hurricane.

The United Way‘s Flood Relief Fund also is collecting donations by texting UWFLOOD to 41444.

Donations to support The Salvation Army‘s Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at helpsalvationarmy.org or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

The Greater Houston Community Foundation has a Hurricane Harvey relief fund that connects donors with nonprofits.

GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Hurricane Harvey-related campaigns. There are more than 800 to choose from.

GlobalGiving, the largest global crowdfunding community, has raised more than $2 million for its Hurricane Harvey relief fund.

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has also launched a Hurricane Harvey relief fund to assist residents and businesses once rebuilding commences.

Send Relief and Southern Baptist Disaster Relief, Samaritan’s Purse, Feeding Texas, the Texas Diaper Bank, AmeriCares, Catholic Charities the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center, the Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are also asking for donations.

And The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population, has also launched the L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund.

These are just some of the options to help.

Some advice before you make a donation: Check the legitimacy of a charity by visiting Charity Navigator.