HOW TO HELP

Thank you for your interest in assisting those in need as they recover from the recent floods and damage from Hurricane Harvey. Volunteers are cruicial in disaster recovery and the volunteer need will continue for months and months to come.

Local Disaster Recovery Opportunities: Many disaster recovery nonprofit organizations are still working in Louisiana to help homeowners affected by the 2016 floods.  Additionally, Louisiana based organizations are assembling work teams to go into southwest Louisiana and east Texas to help homeowners affected recently by Harvey.  To find more information on disaster recovery organizations, visit the National VOAD website, or contact Volunteer Louisiana.

Disaster Recovery in Texas:  If you are interested in helping with disaster recovery in Texas, you can also register with Volunteer Houston and/or with Volunteer Texas for more information on volunteer opportunities.

Future Disaster Volunteer Needs:  If you are interested in responding to future disasters and assisting with immediate needs after a disaster, consider becoming a Red Cross volunteer.  Red Cross volunteer trainings are offered regularly throughout Louisiana. 

Attn: Volunteer Organizations

- If you are in need of volunteers, register your opportunity or email kchisham@crt.la.gov to have your opportunity listed on this page.

- Properly documented volunteer time can save state and local governments millions of tax dollars. Please remember to track your volunteer hours, as well as distribution and feeding efforts. You can down load the GOHSEP Volunteer & Donated Resources Fact Sheet and Tracking forms. For more information, email kchisham@crt.la.gov

 

 

Donations

The State of Texas is asking that you please DO NOT donate unsolicited goods at this time. The overwhelming generosity of the public is greatly appreciated, however the the influx of donated items has exceeded the needs of the impacted communities. Unsolicited donations require support agencies to redirect staff and volunteers away from providing direct services to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.

If you have already collected items for Hurricane Harvey, please consider donating them to a nonprofit organization in your community that accepts in-kind donations, or register in-kind donations here.  If you are a company seeking to donate goods to the Hurricane Harvey efforts, please fill out the form for Corporate Donations located here. This information will be sent to the appropriate parties as needs arise.  Please DO NOT donate goods that have not been specifically requested by a response agency.

Monetary donations to recognized organizations are the biggest needs at this time.

Why donate money instead of goods?

  • Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing, transporting and distributing donated goods.
  • Voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet individual needs more quickly.
  • Purchasing relief supplies available in the impacted community helps the local economy to recover more quickly.
  • A community hit by a disaster will not have the time, manpower or money to store or dispose of unneeded donations.

Donating money to disaster relief organizations

Texas Governor Greg Abbott announced that the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation have collaborated with the OneStar Foundation to form the Rebuild Texas Fund.  Michael & Susan Dell are leading the charge to raise $100 million for the fund.  Those wishing to donate to the fund can do so by visiting www.rebuildtx.org or by texting ‘rebuildtx’ to 91999.

You may also make a financial donation to a Texas VOAD Member or a National VOAD Member to help voluntary or charitable organizations continue to provide services to those affected by Hurricane Harvey.

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