Wellness

Where to Donate for Hurricane & Disaster Relief

Between Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Jose, and now Hurricane Maria, this year’s storm season is undeniably the worst on record—and it’s only getting started. There are many international, national, and local agencies doing incredible on-the-ground work, delivering food, water, diapers, and more—as well as helping residents rebuild. In Mexico, two powerful earthquakes left countless families homeless and in desperate need of support. The latest in this onslaught of natural disasters, Napa and Sonoma counties are being ravaged by wildfires, leaving entire communities in ashes. For those of us who are thousands of miles away, sending money is one of the most efficient ways to help. This list is not exhaustive and we will continue to add more as relief efforts continue to develop. The devastation will certainly not be ameliorated this week, or even in the weeks to come—if you can swing it, ongoing monthly donations for the foreseeable future are particularly great, as it might take years for Texas, Florida, the Caribbean, Puerto Rico, and Mexico to rebuild.

Meanwhile, a million acres have already burned across Montana, Washington, and Oregon, displacing families throughout the region. Because there are so many fires, communities across the country have started funds for local families, and school districts where they need masks for the kids because the air quality is so poor. (Each state above is linked to a round-up for good places to send money.)

The Caribbean (Hurricanes Irma & Jose)

  • Halo Foundation

    Halo Foundation

    Focused on Barbuda, which was almost completely destroyed by Irma (90-95 percent of buildings are damaged), leaving nearly all of the population homeless.

  • SPCA International

    SPCA International

    When natural disaster strikes, many family pets are separated by their families—between that and homeless animals who need help, shelters are typically overrun. This international organization provides emergency aid to shelters and rescue groups to help them move and harbor animals safely.

  • St. John Community Foundation

    St. John Community Foundation

    St. John was hit incredibly hard by the hurricane (the island hospital lost its roof, forcing the evacuation of patients), and many residents expect it may take months to restore power. It is difficult for outside aid agencies to reach them currently, so this is a good place to start.

  • Center for Disaster Philanthropy

    Center for Disaster Philanthropy

    This philanthropy center focuses on medium, and long-term rebuilding efforts in order to sustain the period of giving, as many immediate response agencies are flooded with donations.

  • Save the Children

    Save the Children

    This international charity focuses on disadvantaged and disenfranchised children and families, i.e., those who are the most vulnerable during times of crisis.

  • OXFAM

    OXFAM

    Oxfam has been working in the Caribbean for 30 years, and is working particularly hard on issues like safe water and sanitation.

  • UNICEF

    UNICEF

    Specifically focused on vulnerable children, UNICEF works to ensure that there is safe water and shelter, as well as ongoing access to health services and education post-disaster.

  • St. John Rescue Inc.

    St. John Rescue Inc.

    This GoFundMe has been organized by the citizens of St. John’s, specifically for the St. John Rescue. The all-volunteer organization is chartered to provide emergency rescue and medical support services to St. John EMS, Police, Fire, National Park Service, VITEMA, and DPNR. They also do vehicle and structure stabilization, extrication, triage, Jaws of Life, portable AED, oxygen kits and island wide communication systems. At a minimum, all responding members are Certified Emergency Medical First Responders.

  • 21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund

    21 US Virgin Island Relief Fund

    Organized by basketball player Tim Duncan, who was 13-years-old when Hurricane Hugo destroyed his community in the Virgin Islands. He will match all donations up to $1,000,000.

  • Habitat for Humanity

    Habitat for Humanity

    This international nonprofit organization focuses on assessing damage in disaster zones, rebuilding, and getting displaced families into safe housing as fast as possible.

Florida (Hurricane Irma)

  • All Faiths Food Bank

    All Faiths Food Bank

    Based in Sarasota, this regional food bank consistently provides food to underserved communities, and is currently mobilizing to respond to Irma. They are a worthy destination for a donation, and will also need volunteers.

  • Feeding South Florida

    Feeding South Florida

    While traditionally focused on nourishing vulnerable families and kids, Feeding South Florida will be mobilizing for disaster response this week, as they are a staging site for FEMA. They have a massive storage warehouse, and will be working with local food banks to distribute as needed.

  • Humane Society of Greater Miami

    Humane Society of Greater Miami

    The Miami outpost of the Humane Society will need help, including money and supplies, as they will likely be inundated with misplaced pets, and will need to accommodate as many animals as they can.

Texas (Hurricane Harvey)

  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    After fielding a massive amount of incoming calls looking for ways to substantially help Houston, Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, which will provide ongoing support and disaster relief.

  • Houston Food Bank

    Houston Food Bank

    The Houston Food Bank is playing a critical role in delivering sustenance—a $1 donation provides three meals—to residents who have been displaced post-Harvey, including families and children who are already vulnerable. They are also accepting volunteers, you can sign up for shifts on their website.

  • Texas Diaper Bank

    Texas Diaper Bank

    This local agency delivers wipes, diapers, and other baby essentials to vulnerable families and elders. They are looking for diaper and wipe donations, as well as volunteers to help distribute the mass of diapers that came in post-Harvey.

  • Best Friends Animal Society

    Best Friends Animal Society

    This local animal shelter is working tirelessly to reconnect displaced pets with their owners (you can search a database on their site), as well as to continue to support homeless animals. They have a specific fund devoted to Hurricane Harvey.

  • BeyGOOD Houston

    BeyGOOD Houston

    A Houston native, Beyoncé is working with a handful of trusted local charities to provide those displaced by Hurricane Harvey with meals and essentials like feminine products, diapers, wheelchairs, bedding, and more.

  • The Montrose Center

    The Montrose Center

    Focused on the LGBTQ community, The Montrose Center created an LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund will to help residents rebuild their lives. They provide counseling, case management, food, furniture, shelter, and more.

  • One America Appeal

    One America Appeal

    Created by our five living former presidents, One America Appeal is devoted to helping victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild. Some staggering statistics according to their site: “More than one million people have been displaced by Harvey, which has caused up to $180 billion in damages to over 200,000 homes over a 300-mile path of destruction.”

  • Coastel Bend Food Bank

    Coastel Bend Food Bank

    Formerly known as the Corpus Christi Food Bank, this organization has consistently nourished the areas most vulnerable citizens. They have mobilized extensively for Hurricane Harvey victims and are actively seeking donations and volunteers.

  • San Antonio Humane Society

    San Antonio Humane Society

    The San Antonio Humane Society is harboring displaced pets, who are either separated from their owners or who lost their homes, along with shelter animals that they have retrieved from the gulf.

Puerto Rico (Hurricane Maria)

  • United for Puerto Rico

    United for Puerto Rico

    Beatriz Rosselló, the First Lady of Puerto Rico, collaborated with the private sector to bring this initiative to fruition, creating three designated help centers on the island. Donations can be made via phone or online.

  • Generosity

    Generosity

    Managed by the non-profit organization ConPRmetidos, donations from this charity will first go toward supplying affected inhabitants with food, shelter, water and other immediate needs–and then will focus on long-term recovery efforts.

  • GoFundMe: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

    GoFundMe: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund

    This GoFundMe supports a growing coalition of various organizations, businesses, and individuals from both greater Los Angeles and Puerto Rico, including Puerto Ricans in Action, I Am HomeMade, El Floridita The Ricans Food, El San Juan BBQ, BrainsBlue, The Triple Threat Truck, Iniciativa Comunitaria, and Fundación Comunitaria de Puerto Rico, respectively–and others. The collective goal is to raise $7000 by October 7th.

  • Puerto Ricans in Action

    Puerto Ricans in Action

    Tangent to the Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief Fund, this effort involves entities in both Los Angeles and Puerto Rico that are working together to help rebuild the nations’s devastated areas, while providing immediate essentials to those affected.

Mexico Earthquakes 

  • Topos

    Topos

    Spearheaded in 1985 after Mexico suffered a devastating earthquake, this non-profit force delivers rescue teams, many which consist of first responders, to areas in need after a natural disaster hits. The organization is run solely by volunteers–clad in distinct red uniforms–who have received official training.

  • Crowdrise: Support UNICEF's Relief Efforts in Mexico

    Crowdrise: Support UNICEF's Relief Efforts in Mexico

    Actress and humanitarian Salma Hayek is raising funds via Crowdrise, a global fundraising platform, in effort to provide aid to those who’ve suffered from recent natural disasters in her home country. Hayek will personally match the first $100,000 raised to help fund UNICEF’s relief efforts, which has active response teams on the ground.

  • Project Paz

    Project Paz

    Founded in 2010 in NYC by a group of friends linked by their Mexican roots, this organization aims to help children affected by drug-related violence in Mexico–and it’s now extending its efforts to the nation’s youth who’ve been affected by the recent natural disasters.

  • Cruz Roja Mexicana

    Cruz Roja Mexicana

    The Mexican Red Cross is on site, working day in and day out, to help victims of either recent earthquake that caused major destruction in several states of the Mexican Republic. Monetary donations can be made online–and the organization has set up an Amazon Wish list as a way to garner needed supplies.

Napa and Sonoma Counties Wildfires

  • Napa Valley Community Foundation

    Napa Valley Community Foundation

    Originally established to provide assistance to the victims of the 2014 earthquake that rattled South Napa, this community foundation provides philanthropic support to the region in various ways. It’s currently making pre-qualified grants to non-profits that are providing recovery services in the forms of food, shelter, mental health services, child care, transportation, case management, and other social services.

  • United Way of the Wine Country

    United Way of the Wine Country

    Located in the city of Santa Rosa, which has lost nearly 3,000 of its structures, the United Way of Wine Country is a branch of the national non-profit organization that works to provide fundraising and community support on a variety of levels. The Wine Country branch has been making profound strides in promoting financial stability, supporting affordable health care, and bolstering the region’s educational efforts, including children’s literacy. All donations will go toward immediate fire relief efforts in the area.

  • Marin Humane

    Marin Humane

    The Marin Human society helps more than 10,000 animals annually via its shelter and foster programs. It has extended its boarding facilities to fire victims who need emergency temporary homes for their pets. It’s also lending its man power to assist the Marin Civic Center and other local organizations that are collaborating in relief efforts. Monetary donations will help support these endeavors.

  • The Anova Phoenix Campaign

    The Anova Phoenix Campaign

    The campus of Anova–Sonoma County’s only non-profit school that provides educational, behavioral, and therapy for autistic children–was destroyed, leaving more than 100 students, ages 5 to 22, without a school. Monetary donations will go toward helping the school rebuild, as well as providing transitional programs in the interim. Additionally, the school recently raised $75,000 for a new playground structure that burned to the ground several days after it was delivered. All support will help the school and its students move forward.

  • Sonoma County Resilience Fund

    Sonoma County Resilience Fund

    The Community Foundation Sonoma County has launched the Sonoma County Resilience Fund to support mid- and long-term recovery needs of the region. Monetary donations will help fund a variety of community rebuilding essentials including support for renters, animal welfare, case management services, and non-profit resource building. Upon donating you can specify the area toward which you’d like your funds directed.

  • Tubbs  Fires Victims Fund

    Tubbs Fires Victims Fund

    Deborah Lauchen, CFO for the city of Santa Rosa, organized this community relief fund, which aims to provide monetary support to the funding gaps not covered by insurance and FEMA reimbursements. Those behind the endeavor are seeking a non-profit partner to assist in deploying the funds within the community.

  • Sonoma County Animal Services

    Sonoma County Animal Services

    The Sonoma County Animal Services has opened an Animal Welfare Fund to provide medical care, food, and water to the thousands of displaced animals in the county. Donations will help continue these services; they’ll also help to purchase veterinary supplies for those providing the care.

  • Redwood Empire Food Bank

    Redwood Empire Food Bank

    Since 1987 the Redwood Empire Food Bank (REFB) has been working to alleviate issues surrounding food insecurities and malnourishment from Sonoma County up to the Oregon border, making it the largest hunger relief organization serving north coastal California. The REFB is currently providing food support to those displaced by the fires, as well as working to maintain its day-to-day efforts. Monetary donations will help volunteers increase the amount of food provided. The organization is also accepting non-perishable, easy-to-eat foods that can immediately be sent to the evacuation shelters.

  • CalGrowers Wildfire Recovery Fund

    CalGrowers Wildfire Recovery Fund

    Because cannabis is a drastically under-insured crop in California, the legal growers affected by the fires will face particularly grave circumstances in the recovery process. All proceeds from this fund will be put toward helping growers rebuild their crops–and overall businesses.

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