How You Can Help With #HurricaneHarveyRelief

The images of the storm damage, flooding and destruction in southeast Texas has many people asking “What can we do to help?”

As a fellow member of The Council of Great City Schools, the School District of Palm Beach County is asking for donations to the Houston Independent School District (HISD) Foundation to provide resources to the students, teachers, staff and schools of this area so greatly affected by Hurricane Harvey.

Houston Independent School District Superintendent of Schools Richard A. Carranza said in a statement on The Council of Great City Schools website: “ There is not one corner of our city that is not affected. Thousands of families are now homeless, including many of our employees…

In the coming days we will be focused on ensuring that all of our families have safe refuge and are being served with food, water, and a place to lay their heads. Those places will be our schools. At the same time, we will be working on assessing our school sites and focused on getting them back online as soon as possible.”

Please visit the Houston ISD Foundation donation page, click “Donate Now” and indicate that your donation is for Harvey victims. Any donation, large or small will help those families, who like ours, have children in or work for a large urban school district.

The HISD Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and all donations are tax deductible.

Other organizations noted by The Council of Great City Schools include:

  • American Red Cross. To donate visit redcross.org, call 1- 800-RED CROSS or text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.
  • The Salvation Army: To donate visit www.helpsalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769.
  • Catholic Charities USA: Visit catholiccharitiesusa.org to donate.
  • GlobalGiving: visit https://www.globalgiving.org/harvey. Donors can also text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10 to GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Message and data rates may apply. Terms: hmgf.org/t. Send a check by writing,”Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund” in the memo line and mailing it to GlobalGiving, 1110 Vermont Ave NW, Suite 550, Washington DC, 20005.
  • Save the Children: www.savethechildren.org. Save the Children’s emergency response team is on the ground in San Antonio, Texas, working to meet children and families’ immediate needs
  • Apple: The multimedia giant has set up a donation link directly on iTunes and App Store.Visit www.apple.com for more information. Donations will go directly to the American Red Cross.
  • Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund. Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established this fund administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation to accept tax-deductible flood-relief donations. Checks and money orders can be mailed to the Greater Houston Community Foundation, while online credit card donations can be made at www.ghcf.org. Online credit card donations will be assessed a small fee by the credit card companies. Donors have the option of increasing their credit card donations to cover this fee. Wire-transferred cash will also be accepted.

About The Council of Great City Schools: The Council of the Great City Schools brings together 68 of nation’s largest urban public school systems in a coalition dedicated to the improvement of education for children in the inner cities. The Council and its member school districts work to help our schoolchildren meet the highest standards and become successful and productive members of society.