My Rho Kappa leaders and I have been kicking around an idea of how to help in the aftermath of Harvey. Like all things bureaucratic, the idea of helping is complicated by red tape necessary to protect students. I told them to pick something and we'll write a proposal. Once it is approved, then we get to do the relief effort and help communities like ours that are in crisis.
I did some research, and if you and your kids are moved by the suffering in Houston and feel the need to respond, here is a developing list of possible ways you can help. (As always with charities, do your own research. None of the following is an endorsement; they are just possible avenues to explore.)
The Texas Association of School Administrators has a running list of suggestions that facilitates school to school aid. There are so many options, from donations to repairs to buildings to assisting with supplies.
The Texas Monthly has a easy menu of organizations in and around Houston that are desperate for assistance, I have selected a few, but there are more in this article if none of these fits your needs.
Texas Diaper Bank
Driscoll Children's Hospital
For local, on the ground workers:
All Hands Volunteers
Greater Houston Community Foundation
SPCA of Texas
Austin Pets Alive!
For adults with special needs:
For basic needs:
Direct Relief - provides help with prescriptions and other medicine
Coalition for the Homeless
Houston Food Bank
South Texas Blood and Tissue
CAUTION: If you are running something through your school administrators and you want to verify that these are reputable enough, I would recommend you review Charity Navigator. I am not endorsing these agencies, I am just sharing a growing list of possibilities for my own school... one that I intend on looking more into with Charity Navigator before my students make their final proposal.
Hopefully after we look at what populations the agencies serve, what their reputation is on Charity Navigator, and once we have received approval from our school district, we can start to send relief along with our love and best wishes for a speedy recovery.
Photo via Flickr/Ted Eytan