“The effects wrought by Hurricane Harvey have been devastating and our thoughts and prayers go out to those in Texas and Louisiana, as well as their concerned friends and loved ones elsewhere. In the face of this tragedy, I am heartened by the response of volunteers in the affected areas, by the many organizations committed to providing assistance, and by the outpouring of support from members of the Harvard community eager to do what they can to help individuals with the long and arduous process of rebuilding their lives and their communities.”
-President Drew Faust
On August 26, Hurricane Harvey made landfall with peak intensity, resulting in catastrophic rain and flooding, and displacing thousands of people in Houston and elsewhere along the Gulf Coast.
As Harvey and its effects continue to impact the Gulf Coast, 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 Texas and Louisiana and those in our community who are impacted by the hurricane’s 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 unfolding in Texas and Louisiana. The university is actively engaged with hurricane relief efforts through various academic and campus activities. You can read more about this work on the Harvard Gazette.
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.
Ways to give to support those in the Gulf Coast
The Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) has recommended financial donations as the most effective way to provide support to those affected by the hurricane. 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. In this video, HHI director Michael VanRooyen suggests more ways to contribute to the relief effort.
The following list of local and national organizations are on the ground in the Gulf Coast, helping those affected by the storm. Harvard University encourages all individuals to use independent judgement and discretion in their interactions with any organization.
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
American Red Cross
The Red Cross works with the entire response community – government agencies, other non-profit groups, faith-based organizations, area businesses and others – to coordinate emergency relief efforts and get help to people affected by Harvey as quickly as possible.
American Red Cross
PO Box 37839 Boone, IA 50037-0839
Americares is a health-focused relief and development organization that is responding to people affected by Harvey with medicine, medical supplies and health programs.
88 Hamilton Avenue, Stamford, CT 06902
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
Foundation Beyond Belief
Foundation Beyond Belief is raising funds for All Hands Volunteers, a group assisting with disaster recovery in the Houston area.
Foundation Beyond Belief, Inc.
211 Baker Rd #531 Barker TX 77413
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
Houston Food Bank
The Houston Food Bank provides food and supplies to residents in southeast Texas who will struggle to rebuild their lives.
Houston Food Bank
535 Portwall, Houston, TX 77029
Houston Humane Society
The Houston Humane Society is helping local families with animals by providing food and medical care post-Harvey.
Houston Human Society
14700 Almeda Road, Houston, TX 77053
The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to Harvey 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
United Way’s post-Harvey 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