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With a record-breaking 27 trillion gallons of rain dumped on the Southeast coast of Texas and Louisi...

Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

September 6th, 2017

With a record-breaking 27 trillion gallons of rain dumped on the Southeast coast of Texas and Louisiana, Hurricane Harvey proves to be one of the worst natural disasters to occur in U.S. history. The resulting floods damaged hundreds of thousands of homes, prompted thousands of rescues, and displaced over 30,000 people. While the risk of heavy rainfall has faded out since Harvey has reached land, it will still take years to undo the damages done by the catastrophic storm.

Numerous local and international nonprofit organizations have began taking necessary steps to rebuild affected areas and provide aid for those in need. Consider donating funds to support some of the organizations listed below, which are directly making an impact in the affected areas.  

Local nonprofit organizations:

Greater Houston Community Foundation
Houston Food Bank
Food Bank of Corpus Christi
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center
Carter BloodCare
Houston Humane Society
San Antonio Humane Society
Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Texas Diaper Bank
United Way of Greater Houston
L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund

National and International Organizations:

Islamic Relief USA
St. Bernard Project
Brother’s Brother Foundation
Samaritan’s Purse
Convoy of Hope
Heart to Heart International
Matthew 24: Ministries
All Hands Volunteers
Medical Teams International
Direct Relief

The Federal Emergency Management Agency also recommends checking the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas. The UCLA Volunteer Center thanks you for contributing to these efforts and for committing to helping those in need.

About the Author

Shammir Khan is a fourth-year student majoring in Biology who is passionate about helping others through community service and healthcare. For the past seven years, Shammir has been involved with Best Buddies, an international non-profit organization focused on increasing respect and opportunities for individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD). As president of the Best Buddies chapter at UCLA, he hopes to reduce the stigma of people with IDD on campus and in the community. In his role as a Community Service Commission staff member, Shammir plans and leads campus-wide awareness campaigns addressing a number of social issues.

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