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Joining Together: Rebuilding After Natural Disasters

 

Three hurricanes have hit home — literally. The worst tragedies inspire some of the strongest displays of unity. As devastation rages, people will join together to help their neighbors, near and far, to ensure survival. The act of community empowerment is necessary to acknowledge the impact, assess the needs, and prepare to rebuild. With the recent natural disasters running rampage on the coasts, we have a duty to come together and help our fellow citizens, even if they are no longer headlining the news. The complete devastation provokes a question throughout the country: How can I help? Although Texas and Puerto Rico are not next door, we do have ample opportunities to lift up our fellow citizens.

Houston, TX

Mayor of Houston Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to collect tax-deductible monetary donations

Many stranded pets and animals are in need of food, care, and shelter. To help animals in need who were displaced by Hurricane Harvey and to learn more Best Friends has a list of resources available.

The Houston Food Bank is collecting food and supplies and offers volunteer opportunities for people in the area.

Star of Hope is collecting donations that will directly serve Houston’s homeless.

Rebuilding and recovery will be a long-term project and United Way Houston is preparing to meet the demand.

 

Puerto Rico

Founded by First Lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló, United for Puerto Rico gives all proceeds directly to victims of the natural disasters.

All five living former presidents have created One America Appeal to support recovery efforts for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

Save the Children’s Hurricane Maria relief is directly serving children and families in Puerto Rico and the Dominican Republic to recover and rebuild.

In order to rebuild the island, Puerto Rico will need volunteers to serve in various roles. VOAD is a great place to start researching volunteer opportunities.

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