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How to Help Those Affected By Recent Hurricanes

The Community Foundation recognizes that when faced with disasters,  we can expand our “community” to include those beyond the boundaries of SLO County. In the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Harvey, we have compiled a list of organizations which offer the opportunity to support and help those most affected.

 Florida Organizations:
  • Broward Cares is a strategic collaboration of the Community Foundation of Broward, the Jewish Federation of Broward County, and United Way of Broward County. 
  • The Miami Foundation launched the Irma Relief Fund, the Irma Caribbean Strong Relief Fund, and the Irma Community Recovery Fund.

  • American Red Cross has mobilized relief efforts from the U.S. Virgin Islands through Florida and the mid-Atlantic region. Damage assessments are ongoing in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and activated shelters in the area.
Texas Area Organizations:
  • The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.

  • To help animals suffering from the disaster, visit the Houston Humane Society, the San Antonio Humane SocietyThe SPCA of Texas  or Austin Pets Alive!.

  • The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund is used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit their website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.

  • Portlight Strategies facilitates projects involving people with disabilities, including post-disaster relief work.

  • L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund The Montrose Center, Houston’s center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender population, is managing the L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund that will be used to help people rebuilt their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing, and more.

National Organizations:
  • The American Red Cross is accepting donations on its website. You may also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

  • Catholic Charities provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds.

  • Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online, by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

NGOs Offering International Aid
  • AmeriCares takes medicine and supplies to survivors. AmeriCares is accepting donations on their website.

  • CARE teams are conducting early response and assessment in Cuba and Haiti.

  • Catholic Charities has emergency response teams in the Dominican Republic and Haiti, as well as other affected areas.
  • Habitat for Humanity is assessing shelter and housing needs throughout the affected area and preparing to respond with its’ chapters in Haiti and the Dominican Republic. The initial response will include emergency toolkits, housing repair kits and cleaning kits.
  • Save the Children is mobilizing staff and prepositioning materials ahead of the storm’s U.S. mainland landfall.

  • World Vision responding in effected areas of Haiti and the Dominican Republic and preparing to respond in the U.S.

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