How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

How to Help Victims of Hurricane Harvey

After several days of relentless rain, Hurricane Harvey has left a path of destruction across Southeast Texas, flooding homes, overwhelming barriers, and leaving families torn apart by the after effects of rising waters.  In less than a week, this incredible storm has made its mark on the record books, generating the most rainfall ever from a single storm in the continental United States. 

With nearly 50 inches of rainfall in just five days, the Greater Houston Area is now home to millions of residents in need.  As of August 30, more than 17,000 people were reported to be housed in shelters across the city. 

Although the extent of the damage still remains unknown, the need for help is certainly clear. 

With reports of more than 40 members of our own Think Energy and ENGIE family who had to leave their homes due to flooding, our hearts and minds are with the countless number of clients, colleagues, and friends throughout Houston who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. 

ENGIE North America is inviting anyone who is interested in providing assistance to consider joining the company in its support of the Houston Chapter of the American Red Cross, which has done a phenomenal job manning and supplying each successive shelter it has established.  ENGIE will also be making a contribution to All Hands Volunteers and is aiming to organize a team of ENGIE employee volunteers to lend assistance in the coming weeks. 

More information will be available in the next few days on how you can join ENGIE in our effort to provide support to those in need.  In the meantime, here are some other opportunities to provide assistance. 

  • The American Red Cross.  Text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  Contributions are also being accepted at redcross.org or 855.999.GIVE.
  • The United Way.  Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund.  United Way Dallas has also established a website for contributions here:  https://unitedwaydallas.org/harveyrelief/
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.  A special fund was established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner.  It is being administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation; donations are being accepted here:  https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/
  • Texas Diaper Bank.  Monetary donations and supplies are being requested.  Visit texasdiaperbank.org/ to help. 
  • Teacher and Student Support.  Help teachers rebuild and restock classrooms by donating at donorschoose.org/.  Support Houston Independent School District students and families in need of storm relief by visiting houstonisd.org/Page/164281.
  • Material Donations.  BBVA Compass Stadium, located at 2200 Texas Street in Houston, is a drop-off location for material donations to support several local shelters.  Items in highest demand include baby food, formula, and diapers; medical supplies; wheelchairs; plus-sized, baby, and children’s clothes; and toiletries.

Volunteer.  Local shelters are in need of volunteers.  Here are a few resources:  The American Red Cross, All Hands Volunteers, National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster, The Salvation Army, Volunteer Houston, Lakewood Church.

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