We probably don’t need to tell you how brutal this hurricane season has been, both in the USA and the Caribbean. The affected regions are in our prayers this month. If you want to donate to hurricane relief efforts, here are a few vetted options:
The city is just beginning to rebuild after being hit by Harvey, which affected over 48,700 homes and caused record flooding.
The Houston Food Bank is in need of donations to continue to provide their regular services on top of emergency relief. Other local food banks, like Galveston and Corpus Christi, are accepting donations as well.
San Antonio-based Texas Diaper Bank provides supplies for infants, seniors, and people with disabilities, and they are focused on getting supplies to displaced families with young children. Donate here.
The SPCA of Texas is finding shelter and care for pets and strays displaced by Harvey and need donations to pay for supplies and medical care.
Habitat of Humanity Jacksonville is assisting with rebuilding in the wake of Irma.
Save the Children is at work in Florida providing supplies to families with infants and young children.
The US territory was hit by Irma, then Maria at Category-4 strength. It’s estimated that electricity won’t be restored there for 4 to 6 months.
The Hispanic Federation has set up a special fund for recovery – just click here and designate your donation for the Hurricane Relief Effort.
Fondos Unidos de Puerto Rico was founded by Puerto Rico’s First Lady to provide relief. You can donate directly to their bank account or via PayPal.
US Virgin Islands
Irma damaged more than 80% of homes; Maria caused even more devastation. The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands has set up the USVI Recovery Fund specifically to aid this area.
The University of the Virgin Islands campus was destroyed; donate to the university’s emergency fund to support faculty and students who were impacted.
The Miami Foundation has established the U.S. Caribbean Strong Relief Fund to support aid in Antigua & Barbuda, U.S. Virgin Islands, Cuba and Puerto Rico. You can also donate to Miami Foundation funds for Florida relief.
Portlight focuses on providing aid to people with disabilities who have been impacted by disasters.
ShelterBox provides emergency shelter and tools to families left homeless by disasters around the world. Currently they are at work in Bangladesh helping flood victims and in Mexico in the wake of a devastating earthquakes, as well as the regions in the Caribbean hit by hurricanes.
Matthew 25 Ministries has distribution centers in Florida and Texas dedicated to providing food, laundry services, toiletries, and first aid.
Global Giving is halfway to their goal of $2 million for Hurricane Irma relief.