How to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims

Hurricane Harvey has devastated much of the Texas Gulf Coast, and the storm’s aftermath has brought unprecedented rainfall that’s flooding the streets of Houston and other cities. Our Care2 community loves to help, so we’ve rounded up some resources.

Many charities are already working on the ground in Texas, and most of them prefer financial donations over goods or “in-kind donations.” That’s because money provides greater flexibility, and charities can negotiate great bulk rates on supplies.

And even if you can’t afford to give, don’t worry — there are other options available.

If you are able to donate funds, check with your employer to see if they offer matching donations: You may be able to double your generosity.

Helping Humans

The following organizations offer assistance to those in need of food and more:

Helping Vulnerable Humans

These groups aid children, women, immigrants and other marginalized groups:

Helping Animals

Other charities are focused on rescuing and caring for pets and wildlife impacted by Hurricane Harvey:

Animal shelters in Texas are overwhelmed as they accept transfers from flooded shelters, owner surrenders and animals in need of temporary shelter.

If you are in the area and can adopt, please do so: Clearing animals out of the adoption area makes more room for those in need. Foster parents are also urgently needed. Many Texas shelters are facing a tough choice as they hit capacity and need to make room — many will be forced to start euthanizing healthy animals.

Helping the Environment

These organizations target the environmental toll of the hurricane:

Helping Without Cash

Contact your legislators to ask them to support disaster funding for Texas and move quickly on dispatching emergency relief.

Contact state officials to find out if your state’s disaster relief teams are going to Texas, and voice your support for sending aid.

If you live in a nearby region, consider opening your home to evacuees — especially if you are also able to accommodate animals.

Consider leading a charity drive at work, and ask your employer to match funds — the pooled resources of your coworkers could have a big impact.

If you’re in the Houston area and have a craft capable of handling high waters, the sheriff’s department is looking for volunteers to help with search and rescue.

Be Advised

If you are filing a property damage claim associated with the Hurricane, initiate that claim by September 1, when a change in Texas law may affect your ability to claim funds. Don’t call your insurance company: Send a letter and an email, and keep documentation.

Floodwaters are hazardous to your health. They contain chemicals, untreated sewage and objects like broken glass that may be difficult to see. If you have to navigate floodwater, wear protective boots and gear, and wash up as quickly as possible afterwards.

Photo credit: Texas Military Department/Lt. Zachary West , 100th MPAD


Marie W
Marie Wabout a month ago

Thanks for sharing

Sarah H
Sarah Hill4 months ago

I always give to Operation Blessing. They stay until the job is finished. They are a very organized organization so most of your money goes to help those in need.

Richard B
Past Member 6 months ago


Margie F
Margie FOURIE6 months ago

Thank you

William C
William C6 months ago


Shirley Plowman
Shirley Plowman6 months ago

Thank you, all can help in some way.

Peggy B
Peggy B6 months ago


john casablanca
john c6 months ago

C O R R E C T I O N - to my previous comment regarding 'THE FILING OF INSURANCE CLAIMS' - the law that was passed does not regard the 'FILING OF CLAIMS', but rather involves only the filing of 'LAW SUITS', which is totally different.
Karen Swenson - thank you for your thoughts. With regards to your point about secession and 100,000 signatures, you must remember that Texas is still a red state
(hopefully turning blue very soon) and that ignorance is bliss. Majority, correction, a
vast majority of Texans and other voters in Texas will never secede from the U S, we are not that foolish or uneducated. The politics in Texas as in most red states is horrendous, but the majority of people here unfortunately either ignore the ignorant
and self serving politicians, and just live their lives as other people in different states, or the minority which gets the most attention, act like fools, which they are.
John C./Houston, Tx.

Danuta W
Danuta W6 months ago

Thanks for sharing

Filomena C
Filomena C6 months ago

Is heartbreaking ... So devasted are the effects of this hurricane