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Hurricane Harvey – An open letter to our students, staff, faculty, and alumni

Hurricane Harvey continues to pummel Southeast Texas and now Western Louisiana.  Images of families in boats, or wading through waist deep water move us to ask, “how can we help?”. We are told that the recovery from Hurricane Harvey will take months if not years.  During the early stages of a disaster relief effort the best way to support Texas’ relief effort is to offer financial support.  In the coming weeks, we will learn of other ways to support the communities and victims of this major disaster.  However, if you are able and are interested in providing financial support we have put together a list of valuable websites that will help guide your decision.

Charity Navigator is a non profit organization that provides information on a wide list of national and local charities. Charity Navigator has published a list of charities that are directly involved with the relief effort in South Texas.  This list is updated periodically.

Below is a short list of non-profit charities that are currently involved in the relief effort in South Texas.

Texas Diaper Bank

American Red Cross

NECHAMA:Jewish response to disaster is a Minneapolis based relief organization preparing to send a self sustaining relief team to South Texas.

Islamic Relief USA

Lutheran Disaster Response

Give by phone at 800-638-3522 or online

Or send check to ELCA at P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009

Write “Hurricane Response – United States” on your check memo line.