In times of crisis, we band together. In times of transition, in times of vulnerability – every day really, but it’s clearest at these times – we must support one another. As birth workers, as cultural workers, as storytellers, parents, families, community leaders and advocates, we know this.
None of us are immune. We need each other.
Following are some ways to help in the wake of recent disasters in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Florida, Cuba, and Texas.
by the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, endorsed by HealthConnect One and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), and signed onto by countless organizations and individuals
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Verified Relief Organizations
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of Houston’s mayor, Sylvester Turner, which is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
- If you live in Texas, the City of Houston Emergency Operations Center has posted a list of places where you can take donations. In Dallas, officials have opened two donation centers. Additional details can be found here.
- The Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Houston is opening its doors at no charge this week, and offering extended hours. To donate, visit its website.
- Houston Food Bank and the Food Bank of Corpus Christi are asking for donations.
- The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has posted an updated list of donor locations. Call 210-731-5590 or visit its website for more information.
- Carter BloodCare covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call 877-571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
- To help animals, visit the Houston Humane Society or the San Antonio Humane Society. The Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has set up an animal emergency response hotline (713-861-3010) and is accepting donations on its website.
- The Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio is asking for diapers and wipes, which can be dropped off in person or mailed to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, Tex., 78238.
- The United Way of Greater Houston flood relief fund will be used to help with immediate needs as well as long-term services like minor home repair. Visit its website to donate or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
- The L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund will be used to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.”
- The Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends checking with the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster for a list of trusted disaster-relief organizations in Texas.
- In South Florida, our allies at the Southern Birth Justice Network are accepting PayPal donations via firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you live near Spartanburg, South Carolina, our partners at BirthMatters are hosting a diaper drive for Florida, from now through October 5th.
PUERTO RICO & other Islands
- ConPRmetidos is trying to raise $150,000 for relief and recovery efforts in Puerto Rico.
- Pallets and Planes: Puerto Rico Hurricane Relief – The Puerto Rican Agenda in Chicago launched this fundraising campaign to provide immediate relief to those affected by Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. The first supplies arrived in San Juan on 9/25 and the first plane made its way back to Chicago with 300 evacuees.
- The Antigua and Barbuda Red Cross is providing support to victims on those islands.
- Convoy of Hope’s disaster team has a million meals staged in Haiti and more en route.
- Oxfam has teams stationed throughout the Caribbean supporting local partners to provide safe water and sanitation.
- Food For The Poor is rushing aid vulnerable areas in northern Haiti. Aid was trucked from the charity’s Port-au-Prince, Haiti, warehouse starting on Thursday, and more containers will be shipped from Food For The Poor’s headquarters in Florida next week after the storm passes.
- SUMMARY: Help Puerto Rico: A List of Trusted Organizations Offering Aid is updated daily (endorsed by Latino USA).
- Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items.
- Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.
- GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.
- Fondo Unido Mexico, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes.