Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. “Better Together”

Posted on 9/1/17 by Lameen Witter

Dear Members:

Many of you have requested information about ways to provide support Harvey Relief Efforts as the catastrophic flooding persists in southeast Texas and now moves eastward toward Louisiana.

The following is one of many excerpts regarding the devastation of Hurricane Harvey. We believe this summary not only best depicts how our YMCA family is serving the community in Texas but how to support their relief efforts most essentially. We applaud the resilience and dedication of the YMCA of Houston, Texas staff for their responsiveness, courageousness in a time of such unprecedented crises.

Thursday, August 31, 2017 – 10:17 a.m.

As you know, the Y is about supporting communities large and small. When disaster strikes, Ys are often on the front lines providing services to first responders, opening doors at emergency shelters, and providing volunteers for relief efforts.
We received an email from the CEO of The YMCA of Houston, which is both reeling from and helping the community recover from Hurricane Harvey.
The YMCA of Houston serves an area about the size of New Jersey with a population larger than that of South Carolina. At least three Houston Y facilities have significant flood damage. Six facilities haven’t been assessed because they are not accessible.
In spite of the flooding, the YMCA of Houston is working to be a resource to the community. They are working with the National Guard so that Ys can house at least some of the 30,000 guardsmen and women who are deployed to the area.
They are opening its resident camp as a shelter for the Y staff and families who have been displaced by the storm and flooding. But as you can imagine, the needs are enormous at this point.
As a YMCA, we ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation to the YMCA of Houston to support their relief efforts, and their staff and volunteers affected by the storm.
Donations can be made directly at the YMCA of Houston’s website by clicking here, or texting HOUSTON to 91999.

Here are additional ways to give:

The Association of YMCA Professionals has created a temporary emergency assistance fund to benefit its members who have been affected by the storm. Donate by clicking here.

The YMCA Retirement Fund continues to accept monetary donations to support affected staff. Make checks out to the YMCA Retirement Fund, designated to the Hurricane Harvey YMCA Staff Fund, and mail them to:

YMCA Retirement Fund
Attn: Hurricane Harvey YMCA Staff Fund
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271-1999

We thank you for your kindness and generosity.

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