United Way of South Texas
113 W. Pecan Blvd.
McAllen, TX 78504
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 08/28/17
Support United Way Communities in the Aftermath of Hurricane Harvey
McAllen, TX – August 28, 2017 – If you would like to support the massive disaster relief underway in Houston, The United Way of South Texas encourages you to direct your support through the Houston United Way Relief Fund at www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood/flood-donation. This United Way has reported that the devastation will be great and the community will need incredible resources to recover.
In addition to Houston, many other Texas communities have been deeply affected by Hurricane Harvey and United Ways in these communities are on the ground coordinating relief and recovery efforts. For a community listing and donation information to support these United Ways, please visit the United Ways of Texas website at https://www.uwtexas.org/hurricane-harvey. Our state association, along with United Ways across the state, will be playing a major role in coordinating relief and recovery and are well positioned to direct resources and support to where it is most needed.
United Way’s first priority will be safety, shelter and basic needs, like food. Once the communities begin to stabilize, they will focus on long-term recovery efforts. Right now, the greatest need is financial support.
“Our thoughts are with the victims of the devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey,” said Thelma Garza, President of United Way of South Texas. “United Ways are always a powerful force in the community, in particular in times of disaster like Houston and the surrounding communities are experiencing right now. The United Way community in our state are on-the-ground and actively raising funds to support the agencies and services meeting the most pressing needs.”
Houston United Way has communicated that disaster volunteers are needed through the following organizations:
American Red Cross is seeking volunteers. Volunteer positions include warehousing, shelter management, supply distribution and administrative support. Those interested in volunteering can register at redcross.org/volunteer.
Volunteer Houston is connecting individuals with disaster volunteer opportunities. To learn more, visit www.volunteerhouston.org.
To support the United Way communities through local agencies, please visit:
American Red Cross at http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/local-chapters/harlingen
The Salvation Army at http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/mcallen/
For additional questions, please call United Way of South Texas at (956) 686-6331.
About United Way:
United Way of South Texas invests in programs that address critical services in the areas of Health, Education, Financial Stability and Safety Net. We support over 21 non-profit agencies in Hidalgo & Starr counties that serve a minimum of 265,000 local residents. Services provided to the community include shelter for victims of domestic violence and the homeless, disaster relief, end-of-life care, information and referral services, consumer education, job training to people with disabilities, counseling to those affected by alcohol or drug abuse, basic necessities for the elderly or disabled, character building programs for children, child victim advocacy and infant stimulation classes. Please call 686-6331 or visit us at www.unitedwayofsotx.org or www.voluntersotx.org, if you are interested in getting your company involved with the 2017 Campaign or in volunteering today. If you would like to support our programs with a monetary donation, you may mail a check to United Way of South Texas at P.O. Box 187, McAllen, TX 78505-0187.