It’s been a tumultuous year for weather and Americans. In only the last 3 months, 3 major hurricanes have had fatal impacts in places like Texas, Louisiana, Florida, and, most recently, Puerto Rico. It can be hard to know where to turn to help the victims, especially when places such as Puerto Rico are still without power and communication is still a difficulty. What these tragic weather events have taught us, however, is that we all have the power to lift each other up. Celebrities and civilians alike have been able to raise millions of dollars in relief effort fundraisers, and yet, more support is still needed. So what can you do to help? Below is a list of charities that make great strides during times of unimaginable crisis, and is a great place to start when you’re looking to get involved.
United For Puerto Rico
Established by the wife of Puerto Rico’s Governor, Beatriz Rossello, the organization has pledged to do as much as they can to provide aid and support for anyone affected by both Hurricane Irma and Maria. What makes this option unique is that it provides tangible items for donation rather than just money. Bottled water, medicine, and construction supplies are just a few items the organization suggests.
One America Appeal
This campaign was founded by all five of the former U.S. Presidents that are still living today. Putting party lines behind them and uniting for a greater cause, these Presidents have a powerful platform wherever they go, and have chosen to use it in a way that will help many in need right now. From Texas to Puerto Rico, this movement allows donations to be made quickly and sent to the people who can make a true difference.
The Greater Houston Community Foundation
This foundation is a great resource for anyone looking to make an impact directly in the Houston area. As Houston was one of the places that was hit the hardest during Harvey, the rebuilding process within this sizable U.S. city is still taking shape. The Greater Houston Community Foundation acts as a place to connect those who wish to help with the best network of nonprofits and foundations available.
Thanks to nationally accessible fundraising sites such as GoFundMe, Fundly, and Kickstarter, you can donate to specific relief efforts for many victims outside of the U.S. who were affected by the hurricanes as well as those in the U.S. that may need more direct attention than general relief funds are able to give. Just by browsing terms such as “Hurricane Relief,” you’ll be able to find a worthy list of campaigns to follow and fundraise for.