November 19, 2017
 
Mass. Nonprofits Are Supporting Hurricane Harvey Relief Efforts

August 29, 2017 — Massachusetts nonprofits, as well as government agencies and individuals, are providing assistance and donations in response to the overwhelming destruction and dislocation caused by Hurricane Harvey in Texas.

All Hands Volunteers, a nonprofit based in Mattapoisett that provides assistance to communities around the world, has sent a response team to Texas and is currently in a staging position in San Antonio, according to a post on its website, which noted that "as soon as access is granted we will move into the affected area, most likely between Corpus Christi and Houston."

All Hands Volunteers is currently accepting applications from people looking to volunteer to assist in Texas.

Jeff Hall, a communications specialist with the American Red Cross of Massachusetts, told The Berkshire Eagle that the organization has sent 22 people to Texas and expects to send more.

The Bright Horizons Foundation for Children in Newton has created the Hurricane Harvey Children’s Fund. Bright Horizons will match all contributions to the fund, dollar for dollar, up to $25,000. Funds will be distributed to local relief organizations focused on helping children and families, as well as its Bright Space partners in the affected area.

United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, based in Boston, advised "If you or someone you know needs assistance, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week," and provided a listing of websites for making donations to aid local recovery efforts.

The Massachusetts Nonprofit Network, the state's nonprofit trade association, has posted links to websites for those looking to donate resources to help with recovery and relief efforts.

Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh announced that the City of Boston is sponsoring a "Help for Houston" collection effort, starting today and running through Thursday, Aug. 31. He asked residents to contribute items to those impacted by Hurricane Harvey in Texas., specifically toiletries, diapers, baby formula, non-perishable food, and new clothing and blankets. Donations can be dropped off at City Hall and at Boston Community Centers.

Revere Mayor Brian Arrigo also asked local residents to donate toiletries, diapers, baby formula, non-perishable food, and new clothing and blankets by Thursday. Items should be delivered to the Veteran’s Services office at the American Legion Building, 249R Broadway, Revere.

Donations of funds can be made through the American Red Cross of Massachusetts.

The Kraft family is matching all funds donated to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Henry Disaster Relief Fund up to $1 million. Donations should be made via this link.

Take Care in Donating Funds for Hurricane Harvey Relief

The United States Computer Emergency Readiness Team, part of the Department of Homeland Security, issued an advisory yesterday for computer users to be alert to malicious cyber activity seeking to capitalize on interest in Hurricane Harvey, as follows:

"Users are advised to exercise caution in handling any email with subject line, attachments, or hyperlinks related to Hurricane Harvey, even if it appears to originate from a trusted source. Fraudulent emails will often contain links or attachments that direct users to phishing or malware-infected websites. Emails requesting donations from duplicitous charitable organizations commonly appear after major natural disasters."
Consumerist, an independent source of consumer news and information published by a nonprofit subsidiary of Consumer Reports, has issued a guidance on avoiding scams and fake charities in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey.

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