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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.
 

Houston Food Bank — The Houston Food Bank is providing immediate food distribution to families most in need. Donate now or learn more at houstonfoodbank.org.
   

Episcopal Church — The local diocesan website in Texas is being constantly updated, directing you to current information from the Commission on Disaster Response.

ELCA — Lutheran Disaster Response’s affiliate is actively present, collaborating with community leaders and officials to initiate the proper responses, particularly the long-term recovery efforts.

  Islamic Relief Islamic Relief USA’s Disaster Response Team mobilized quickly, working to bring aid to those affected in Texas. Once flood water subside, the DRT will move its operations into the Houston area to being disaster assessments and to provide more emergency relief. Donate to IRUSA’s United States Humanitarian Aid fund to support emergency aid efforts.

  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.

  United Methodist Church Committee on Relief The Texas Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Louisiana Conference of The United Methodist Church, Río Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church and Central Texas Conference who are working tirelessly to provide relief after Harvey. United Methodists also provide relief kits in times of natural disasters. You can send complete kits to our relief-supply depots or an affiliate warehouse. Download the packing list and shipping label.  

  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:

·         Nechama, A Jewish Response to Disaster

·         Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

·         Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County

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.

Yours,

Meg Mall, Executive Director, Faith Alliance for Climate Solutions

Joelle Novey, Director, Interfaith Power & Light (DC.MD.NoVA)