Houston has proved its strength after Hurricane Harvey by coming together as a community to help rebuild. Despite this disaster, we are proud of our neighbors and community for proving exactly what it means to be Houston strong. If you are looking for ways to help out in this time of need, read this guide to show you where to volunteer your time and skills around town.
Where to Volunteer
There are many ways you can provide assistance to Harvey victims, from opening your home to helping gut houses. Here are some places that would welcome your help.
Open your home.
It takes quite a bit of time to repair a flooded home. If you were fortunate enough to not receive any water inside your house, consider opening your home to flood victims for temporary accommodation. If you know someone whose home flooded, invite them to stay with you if you have space to offer. On the other hand, if you don’t know anyone who was affected and still want to host, you can use AirBnB to host evacuees for free.
Help clean houses.
Cleaning out flooded homes is a huge undertaking that could take families weeks to do alone. However, you can complete this work relatively quickly with the help of many sets of hands in a productive crew. Homeowners need help gutting their houses, removing carpets, baseboards, drywall, and insulation. Check out this map to find out where your help is needed.
Take care of animals.
Mutts and Meows Rescue needs volunteers to foster cats and dogs in a loving home. The organization also needs help transporting animals to and from adoptions, helping with adoption applications, and playing with the animals. Best Friends Society is seeking help with transportation, operations, animal handling, and more.
Do a little bit of everything.
If you’re wondering where to volunteer and don’t have a particular preference in the type of work, Volunteer Houston makes it easy to see current community needs that match your scheduling availability. The website combines all sorts organizations and agencies, with opportunities ranging from homework assistance to cutting sheetrock. For another comprehensive list of places seeking volunteers, check out this article from the Houston Press.
Where to Donate
Sometimes, we just don’t have the luxury of time on our hands. In those cases, a small donation can go a long way. There are so many fantastic organizations all over the Houston area. Here are a few ideas of where to donate.
- Contribute to a Harvey relief Gofundme campaign
- Adopt a classroom
- Texas Workers Relief Fund
- Chef Relief Network
- Houston Food Bank
- Boys and Girls Club
Every dollar counts when it comes to donations, and there are so many organizations currently in need. You can choose to support any organizations whose causes you believe in.
If you need to move after Hurricane Harvey, contact our office at 713.484.6683 so we can see what we can do to help. We perform moves all over the Houston community.