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If You or Someone You Know Needs Assistance

2-1-1 across all affected areas is operational. If someone you know needs help, they can call 2-1-1, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. There may be a wait, but calls will be answered. In case of emergency, dial 9-1-1.

2-1-1 is a free, confidential service that connects people from all communities to essential health and human services—24 hours a day, seven days a week. 2-1-1 will remain open and ready to provide local information about shelters, food and water, health resources, and other needs related to hurricane recovery or anything else.

The United Way Harvey Recovery Fund

United Way has created the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for the health and safety of every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. The national fund will complement those efforts and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact all affected areas.

With your help, United Way has raised almost $54.68 million for mid- and long-term recovery from National and Local funds.

Donate to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund

This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities. 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.

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How to Donate to Local Efforts

As a critical part of a community’s recovery efforts, United Ways are ready to help those whose lives have been affected by this natural disaster. Local funds have been set up to help with both the short-term needs and the longer-term rebuilding efforts. You can learn more about how to donate or how you can help those impacted by this natural disaster.

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  • What is the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund?

    This fund will help local United Ways meet the storm-related needs and support long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.   

    • 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.
    • United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery. 
  • Why have we established this fund?

    It is part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding, a role we play after first responders’ work is done. 

    • United Way served as the cornerstone for long-term recovery after Hurricane Katrina and other disasters.
    • United Way is proud to partner with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others who are helping with immediate relief and evacuations.
      • United Way is laying the ground work for the region’s long-term recovery, which is expected to take several years.
      • Many local United Ways play a critical role in short-term assistance too, through 2-1-1 and other resources. But they’re also the “glue” that holds communities together for longer-term recovery.
        • Tens of thousands of calls related to Hurricane Harvey have come into 2-1-1 since Sunday morning. (Anyone directly affected by Hurricane Harvey should call 2-1-1 or visit 211.org for information on emergency shelters, food, water and other disaster services.)
  • How will the fund’s money be distributed?

    All of the money will be distributed to United Ways in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey.

    • We will be working with United Ways in the affected areas to determine the best distribution plan.
  • What about credit card processing fees?

    Bank of America Merchant Services and American Express, longtime partners of United Way, have generously offered to waive credit card processing fees ensuring that the maximum amount of individual donations will go toward recovery efforts on the ground. 

  • How will United Way Worldwide be accountable for the fund?

    United Way Worldwide will report the total amount of money raised by the national fund and United Ways in the affected areas on its website (unitedway.org), updating that number on a daily basis. Distributions will also be tracked on its website.

    • United Way Worldwide meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability spanning Governance, Measuring Effectiveness, Finances and Fundraising.  The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on www.give.org
  • How can I send a donation check or wire transfer?

    Checks should be made out to United Way Worldwide, and the designation “Harvey” should be on the memo line.

    Mail checks to:
    United Way Worldwide
    P.O. Box 418607
    Boston, MA 02241-8607

    For wire transfers, please contact Jeanette Powell for more information.

  • Questions about the donation process?

    If for any reason you have questions about the donation process, our online form or method of payment, please click here to submit a question. Thank you for your generosity.