The 2017 hurricane season has brought three record-breaking storms: Harvey, Irma, and Maria. Hurricane Harvey made landfall in the U.S. in late August, damaging homes and displacing tens of thousands of people. Hurricane Irma hit barely a week later, destroying a third of the buildings on the Dutch side of the island St. Maarten and damaging or ruining 95% of homes and businesses on Barbdua. And Hurricane Maria, which came at the end of last month, has left most Puerto Ricans without power or phone service and destroyed 70% of buildings on St. Croix, according to Vox.
Thousands of people across the region have been forced to leave their homes, and it’s been estimated that the rebuilding process in certain areas could take decades. But there is hope. Across the Americas, local, national, and international organizations are mobilizing on the ground, for the long haul, to help rebuild, heal, and revitalize. Below is a selection of vetted organizations accepting donations for hurricane relief:
“Unidos”: A Hurricane Relief Fund for Hurricane Maria Victims in Puerto Rico
100% of donations to this fund, created by the Hispanic Federation and Coalition of Community Organizations and Elected Officials, will go to hurricane victims and organizations supporting recovery efforts.
GlobalGiving Hurricane Irma Relief Fund
Donations to this fund will help provide both emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine, and longer-term recovery assistance, to survivors throughout the Caribbean.
Second Harvest Food Bank
Second Harvest is accepting donations of non-perishable food items (granola bars, protein bars, cereals, peanut butter, canned tuna, canned meats, water, sports drinks, and fruit juices), cleaning supplies (such as bleach, gloves, mops and garbage bags), and personal hygiene products (like toilet paper, soap, shampoo, tampons, diapers, razors, etc.) until further notice, for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. The Elmwood facility is located at 700 Edwards Avenue and is open Monday-Friday 7:30 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
United Way Relief Fund
All donations to this fund will go towards Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts in Texas. If you are unable to donate online, you can write a check to United Way of Greater Houston, PO BOX 3247, Houston, TX 77253.
Nechama: A Jewish Response to Disaster
Nechama, an organization that provides natural disaster preparedness, response, and recovery services throughout the U.S., will be in Houston for a minimum of six months to help rebuild.
The Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
This fund will provide basics such as food, medicine, supplies, and trauma counseling. If you are unable to donate online, you can write a check to The Jewish Federations of North America, Wall Street Station, PO Box 157 New York, NY 10268.