Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts: How You Can Help

August 29, 2017

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Through the Jon and Sandra Moline Center for Servant Leadership (CSL) and TLU Campus Ministries, we are in the process of identifying ways to assist with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. We stand ready to work with local, state, and federal agencies and organizations as we did during Hurricane Ike in 2008 and Hurricane Rita in 2005. Some of our faculty, staff, and students are already making donations or asking about ways they can help those.

Our CSL director has shared the following list of organizations to assist:

Harvey Relief Efforts

General Relief 

We recommend donating to grassroots efforts and local nonprofits in Texas. Do not donate items if they are not explicitly requested, because it could create a greater problem for nonprofits.

  • Donate money to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, which connects donors with a network of nonprofits and innovative solutions in the social sector.
  • Donate money to the Aransas County United Way, of Rockport and Fulton.
  • Donate money to United Way of Greater Houston, which will distribute funds to those in need.
  • Donate money to United Way of Coastal Bend, which supports Corpus Christi and the Gulf Coast.
  • The Salvation Army is collecting money to provide food and water for first responders and evacuees.
  • The Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) is requesting donations to distribute to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
  • The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is collecting relief kits (instructions on how to create and send these.) The items in each kit are for cleaning such as brushes, gloves, trash bags, cleaners, etc.
  • The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund has been setup through the Austin Community Foundation by the Austin Disaster Relief Network to provide for the immediate and long-term needs of families. Text ‘AUSTINRELIEF’ to 444999.
  • Austin Disaster Relief Network is asking for toiletry items, inflatable mattresses, undergarments, and cleaning tools. They can be dropped off at the Hope Family Thrift Store in Austin.
  • The American Red Cross is encouraging people to donate money on its website or to text 90999 to donate $10. More information.

Blood Donations

The American Red Cross and the South Texas Blood & Tissue Centers are accepting blood donations. Many blood donation centers in the path of the storm are closed and in need of donations.


Coalition for the Homeless of Houston/Harris County and Airbnb are both helping to set up accommodations for people in need of shelter. Airbnb is waiving service fees for folks in need, and both are taking monetary donations.


Consider donating food or money to one of the many food banks in the area that are aiding the affected region. The San Antonio Food Bank is making emergency food packages to send to the affected areas including the Gulf Coast.

  • Donate money to the San Antonio Food Bank.
  • Material donations: Our most wanted items are nonperishable food, water, baby food, diapers, flashlights and batteries, hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.
  • Clothing donations: Our most needed clothing items are men’s and women’s tops, pants, socks, and undergarments. All clothing donations must be NEW & UNUSED.
  • Volunteer directly at the San Antonio Food Bank to prepare emergency food boxes, hot meals, and more. Sign up now.

People with Disabilities

Portlight Strategies is collecting funds to aid in disaster relief of people with disabilities in the impacted areas. Donate now.


The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is collecting money to provide diapers and goods for babies and children impacted by the disaster. You can mail diapers or drop them off directly at the facilities: 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX 78238.


SPCA of Texas is organizing evacuations of pets in Texas and finding pet-friendly housing for evacuees. Financial donations to SPCA or Austin Pets Alive are requested if you’d like to assist with animals impacted by the storm. Donate to SPCA and Austin Pets Alive.

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