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Hurricane Irma & Harvey relief efforts

Florida and Texas have been devastated by unprecedented rain and flooding due to Hurricane Irma and Harvey. The destruction is widespread and relief efforts will be needed for many months, if not years to come. We have several DCMS alumni in the affected areas. Our thoughts and prayers go out to them, their families and others who have been affected by this tragedy.

We have put together a list of relief agencies that are helping out in the affected areas. Please contribute in any way possible.

ICNARelief: Islamic Circle of North America has been working with local authorities in Houston and other affected areas, assisting in relief efforts. You can give here.

IRUSA: Islamic Relief USA’s disaster relief team is in Texas helping with rescue efforts. They need your donations. You can give here.

ISGH: Islamic Society of Greater Houston is helping with relief and rescue efforts locally. You can give here.

American Red CrossUsually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster. It says it is providing shelters for those displaced by Harvey, and it has thousands of volunteers on the ground in the state. You can give here.

All Hands: This nonprofit has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give here.

Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. You can give here.

Foundation Beyond BeliefThe humanist group is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects. You can give here.

Greater Houston Community Fund: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. You can give here.

Local food banks: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food BankGalveston County Food BankCorpus Christi Food BankSoutheast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.

Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here.

Blood donations: The Houston Chronicle noted that Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are accepting donations.

Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. You can give here.

Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more. You can learn more about its efforts here.

SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. You can give here.

Airbnb: The hospitality company is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room. More information here.