[Editor’s Note: This post was originally written about Texas and Hurricane Harvey, before Hurricane Irma and before Hurricane Maria. This post will be updated to also help Hurricane Maria families as the information becomes available. This is not a post about helping just homeschooling families who were hit by the hurricanes. It’s a post about the homeschooling community coming together to help hurricane families. Hashtag it #Homeschoolers4HurricaneHelp]
My daughter and I have been watching hurricane coverage closely and we’ve been discussing how we can help. It’s hard to know how to help in a situation like this, but I always like to help the little guys. Since we have a small nonprofit, I understand how small organizations can make great impact, but often get overlooked because of the bigger orgs. So our family often migrates to smaller (trusted) organizations for donating. Vox reports, “In general, charity effectiveness evaluators are skeptical of large relief organizations, for a number of reasons…”
In general, small, local organizations can make bigger impacts than many people realize. Remember, organizations that are focused on local issues are probably more invested in that community.
After doing a little research, I thought I would provide some organizations that you may not have considered–maybe some smaller guys making those big impacts. Check it out and don’t forget to tweet and share using the hashtag #Homeschoolers4HurricaneHelp. If there are around 1.5 million homeschoolers in the United States, imagine the impact we could make! If only 20% of U.S. homeschoolers donated $20 each to hurricane rescue and relief efforts, that would be $6 million! (I. KNOW.)
When you donate to hurricane relief efforts, be sure to share on social media and tag it with #Homeschoolers4HurricaneHelp to show support from the homeschooling community!
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How Homeschoolers Can Help Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and Hurricane Maria Families
HURRICANE HARVEY HELP
1. American Heritage Girls
American Heritage Girls (AHG) is an organization that is kind of like Girl Scouts. (My daughter is in AHG.) I received an email from the national headquarters that they have enlisted an Ambassador in the area and are collecting monetary donations for basic life necessities for AHG families. They have stated that 100% of all donations will go directly the AHG families affected by the hurricane.
Here’s information from the email:
AHG has added the ability to donate to a special AHG Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to assist AHG families in need of basic life necessities. Please consider giving what you can to assist these AHG Troops. All donations are tax deductible.
Sometimes we feel helpless when we hear about a tragedy that is outside of our “backyard”. This is one way that you can truly make a difference from afar.
Under the drop down box titled “Designation”, choose the first on the list: AHG Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Choose your donation amount
Enter your information
Preview and submit
Thank you for your generous donation. We appreciate your love for American Heritage Girls everywhere.
Disbursement of Funds: 100% of the funds will go directly to the AHG families and Troops identified by our ambassador in the field, AHG TX2928 Troop Shepherd, Betsy Culbreth.
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2. Austin Pets Alive!
Austin Pets Alive! has stepped up as kind of a “control center” for all of the abandoned and rescued animals in direct line of the hurricane and they are also helping out the animal shelters hit by the hurricane. Their website states that within the last four days they have rescued 235 animals.
There is still a lot of work ahead of us. As we continue to care for the animals we have already saved, we have to prepare for even more animals who will need us in the coming days. We’ve been receiving reports from shelter partners in areas hit hardest by the hurricane and areas expecting the most flooding that over the course of the next 24-72 hours, they are anticipating another significant influx of animals that they may not be able to help. We have also heard reports of extensive lines of people surrendering their pets, so Austin Pets Alive! needs to be ready to help and brace ourselves for additional animal intake.
Their greatest needs are financial donations so that they can purchase things as needs arise. They are estimating that the intake process alone will be $20,000.
3. Texas Diaper Bank
The Texas Diaper Bank, an organization that provides diapers to families in need, has created an Amazon Wish List where you can purchase items from the list and have it sent directly to the Diaper Bank for distribution to families affected by the storm.
4. Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America created a special emergency fund to help rebuild scouting and respond to emergencies in the affected areas. You an even choose a specific area in Texas on the donation form.
5. St. Bernard Project
SBP was founded after Hurricane Katrina and now helps with longterm recovery after disasters, like helping with recovery plans, cleaning up the areas, home rebuilding, and more.
6. Heart to Heart
Heart to Heart “strengthens communities through improving health access, providing humanitarian development and administering crisis relief worldwide.” They have already provided hygiene and health kits to the area and are also providing minor medical care, tetanus shots, water, and more.
7. All Hands Volunteers
All Hands Volunteers “addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters by engaging and leveraging volunteers, partner organizations and local communities.” They are currently staged in Texas and working with EMS to see where their services are needed most.
8. Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank is open and working to provide food to those affected by the hurricane. Every $1 provides three meals to families in need.
9. Homeschool Curriculum Free
HomeschoolCurriculumFree.com is a “nationally recognized, 501(c)(3) organization helping over 15,000+ homeschool families provide curriculum and materials to other homeschool families in need across the U.S.” For Hurricane Harvey, they are collecting:
- Curriculum in NEW or LIKE NEW condition (current editions please)
- NEW, unopened school supplies
- More than anything, we need CASH DONATIONS – to help with shipping costs of mailing the donations to the victims. We currently have NO FUNDS for shipping costs. Please help!
- USED book donations (as always) can be offered up in our Facebook group which makes it easy for anyone, anywhere, to donate at any time. Because we don’t keep an inventory, we only accept and ship NEW or LIKE NEW donations from our headquarters.
10. Homeschoolers for Schools
Rebecca Walker is a homeschool mom and says: “We are a HS family in the effected area but our local schools are taking a big hit. One whole district has been shut down and those kids are being enrolled into other local schools. I have set up an amazon wish list of various supplies (not just school) that I will distribute to the appropriate places/people as they arrive. I will be distributing them with help from other community members. The schools that are receiving the new kids were registering the kids today so they will have a head count of how many per school per grade and I will be contacting the schools to see who needs what. Some schools have school supply drives already set up so I will be targeting the schools that are truly in need of help. I will leave it up to each schools principal to pass out the supplies to The kids/teachers. The more I get donated the more schools/classrooms I will be able to help. We have about 7-8 districts local that are taking in new kids. Most of our schools went back last week or the week before so these kids have already turned in supplies to the school that is no longer standing so they are really starting over with everything. All of our schools in this area have taken 2 weeks of and are not going back until the 5th.”
11. Dickson High School Needs Binders
Dickson High School is located in one of the hardest hit of the Houston areas. They are in need of 1-inch binders and also the tape-bound composition books (the ones with the black covers). You can ship donations to:
Dickinson High School
17225 El Camino Real
Houston, TX 77058
HURRICANE IRMA HELP
12. St. John’s Island Help
A friend of mine shared a Facebook post from one of her friends who has a home on St. John’s:
In general, the island looks like a bomb dropped on it, buildings and trees are totally gone in many parts of the north shore, including Cinnamon Bay, Maho Bay, and more. The storm surge went directly into Coral Bay and wiped out many of the buildings along the shoreline. The roads are a complete mess and residents have been working nonstop to clear them so people can get out of their homes and make their way to town to get provisions and use the cell service. The service is only available in certain locations like the top of Boulon center, and spotty service at best. The destruction in Coral Bay was far worse than other parts of the island and US Virgin Islands in general because the eye wall passed through. It will take a long time to rebuild but the community is resilient and there’s so much love for St. John that support will be coming for sure.
These organizations were recommended by a person who was quoted:
13. Bridge to Hope
Bridge to Hope is working with “South Florida’s vulnerable communities affected by Hurricane Irma, such as the elderly, chronically ill, homeless and low-income households.” They’ve already served over 1,000 people.
14. The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda
The Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda is accepting donations of diapers, baby formula, wipes, personal hygiene items, canned foods, medical supplies, and rolling beds with mattresses. (They are NOT accepting clothing or shoes at this time.) Donations can be shipped to a warehouse in Miami at:
Consulate General of Antigua and Barbuda
Attention: Barbuda Relief
12901 SW 122nd Avenue
Miami, FL 33186
15. Early Learning Children’s Foundation
The Early Learning Children’s Foundation is providing “resources to more than 1,500 childcare programs across Miami-Dade and Monroe county to serve high vulnerable children in the community.”
16. Catholic Relief Services
Catholic Relief Services is “working with their partners in the smaller Caribbean islands to help with Hurricane Irma relief efforts.” They are now also preparing to assist with Hurricane Maria relief efforts, too.
“Your gift will help provide shelter, water and critical supplies, including tarps, tents, and hygiene and kitchen kits to families affected by these disasters.”
HURRICANE MARIA HELP
Did you know that the people of Puerto Rico are U.S. citizens? Not that it matters (because helping is helping, no matter where you live), but I wanted to start this section by pointing that out because a recent poll showed that only 54 percent of Americans knew that.
Also, if you need a better understanding of the total devastation on Puerto Rico, read this.
ConPRmetidos is a Puerto Rican organization raising money for relief and rebuilding of Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria. They want you to know:
• The entire power grid is offline.
• Communications are scarce.
• 80% of the island is without water service.
They are very transparent on their site about how, when, and where the money will be used.
18. United for Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico was started by Puerto Rico’s first lady with “the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.”
Do you have a favorite smaller or local organization or charity that is helping out Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, or Hurricane Maria families? Leave it in the comments and we’ll try to to keep this list updated!
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The groups provided here are informational only. Please do full research before donating to any organization. Jacqueline Wilson and HomeschoolSuperFreak.com are not responsible for the actions of the organizations listed here.