Over the past several weeks, a series of devastating hurricanes and earthquakes have impacted the United States, the Caribbean, and Mexico, resulting in catastrophic damage and displacing thousands of people.
As those directly affected by these disasters begin to rebuild their communities and lives, many members of the Harvard community are seeking opportunities to contribute to the efforts to save lives and give assistance and comfort where possible. Many organizations are doing important work to support those in our community and abroad who are impacted by the devastation.
As a resource for the Harvard community, we have compiled the list below of resources on campus as well as external organizations responding to the crisis.
Resources for those impacted in our community
Student Support – Deans, proctors, tutors and other advisers are available to support students in need. Our deans of students and student life have been actively reaching out to students from the impacted areas, but they may not be aware of all those who have been affected. If you or someone you know is in need, we encourage you to reach out to your school’s administrators.
Counseling and Mental Health Services – CAMHS providers are available, aware, and here to offer support to the diverse Harvard student community, particularly during times of uncertainty. For more information, please call (617) 495-2042, or (617) 495-5711 after hours.
Employee Assistance Program – Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) offers immediate, free, confidential help for all Harvard employees and their household members. You can reach the EAP any day, at any time at 877-327-4278. You can also visit their website for guidance on coping with stressful events, talking with children about disasters and much more.
The Harvard Chaplains – A professional community of more than thirty chaplains, the Harvard Chaplains represent many of the world’s religious, spiritual, and ethical traditions, and share a collective commitment to serving the spiritual needs of Harvard’s students, faculty, staff, and research affiliates. For assistance or information, please contact (617) 495-5529.
Google Person Finder – Google has activated its Person Finder for Hurricane Maria and the Earthquake in Mexico. The Person Finder helps people reconnect with friends and loved ones in the aftermath of natural and humanitarian disasters.
Ways to give to support those in need
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) has recommended financial donations as the most effective way to provide support to those affected. While clothing, supplies, or other physical items can be helpful, they may also require emergency responders to sort through items, taking them away from providing aid to those most in need.
The organizations listed here are helping those affected by the hurricanes and earthquakes. Harvard University encourages all individuals to use independent judgment and discretion in their interactions with any organization.
Direct Relief provides emergency medical resources to community-based institutions and organizations, and is the only nonprofit licensed to distribute prescription medications in all 50 U.S. states.
27 S. La Patera Lane Goleta, CA 93117
Dominica Hurricane Relief Fund
Raising money for the first stage of a long-term relief effort, from gathering basic materials such as temporary roofing and blankets to non-perishable food items.
Dominica High Commission
1 Collingham Gardens, Earls Court
London SW5 0HW
Phone: +44 (0)207 370 5194
Global Giving provides relief to survivors in the form of emergency supplies like food, water, and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance to help residents recover and rebuild.
1110 Vermont Avenue NW, Suite 550, Washington, DC 20005
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
Established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner J.D. ’80, the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund accepts tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. The fund is being administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
Greater Houston Community Foundation
ATTN: Gift Processor
5120 Woodway Drive, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056
Following the damage from Hurricanes Irma, Jose, Maria, and the earthquakes in Mexico, Oxfam is responding by providing safe water, sanitation, and hygiene supplies in order to prevent the spread of diseases like cholera. 100% of funds designated for hurricane response will be used to support relief and recovery efforts for affected areas.
1101 17th St NW
Washington, DC 20036-4710
Project Paz and the El Paso Community Foundation are accepting donations for the victims of the 7.1 magnitude earthquake near Mexico City, and the 8.1 magnitude earthquake that devastated southern Mexico. 100% of donations made through the El Paso Community Foundation and its partners in Mexico will go to help victims of the earthquakes in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, and Estado de Mexico.
The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to survivors and relief workers.
The Salvation Army
PO Box 1959 Atlanta, GA 30301
Save the Children
Save the Children delivers family-friendly relief supplies, sets up child-friendly spaces in shelters, and provides specially trained staff to help children dealing with difficult emotions that can come up during disasters.
1 (800) 999-2445
Hispanic Federation has launched the UNIDOS Disaster Relief Fund to help meet hurricane and earthquake-related needs and recovery in Puerto Rico and Mexico.
55 Exchange Place
New York, NY, 10005
1 866 HF AYUDA
United for Puerto Rico
United for Puerto Rico is an initiative brought forth by the First lady of Puerto Rico, Beatriz Rosselló in collaboration with the private sector, with the purpose of providing aid and support to those affected in Puerto Rico by the passage of Hurricane Irma and Hurricane María.
United Way’s post-hurricane priorities are safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts.
United Way Worldwide
701 N. Fairfax Street Alexandria, VA 22314
The Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands is a philanthropic organization that manages a permanent collection of funds as well as essential programs and services to benefit the citizens of the USVI. It is working closely with government and community providers to identify priorities and direct resources for immediate needs as well as long-term recovery efforts.
Community Foundation of the Virgin Islands
PO Box 11790
St. Thomas, USVI 00801-4790