Dear OBAP members and supporters,

As you may know, on Friday August 25th, Hurricane Harvey, a Category 4 hurricane, struck Texas with torrential rain and devastating winds. It is reported to be the strongest hurricane in the Gulf of Mexico since 2005. 

As the storm passes, the need for aid and support has become clear.

OBAP encourages you to help by donating to trusted charities working to provide relief to the thousands of people that have been impacted by this devastating natural disaster. Here's a brief list of opportunities to support:

  • Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner established a Harvey relief fund at The Greater Houston Community Foundation. Click here to learn more and donate.

  • GlobalGiving is nearing its goal of raising $2 million for its Harvey relief fund. Funds will be used first for immediate needs of food, water and shelter and then transition to long-term recovery efforts. Click here to donate or text HARVEY to 80100 to donate $10. 

  • United Way of Greater Houston has launched a relief fund for storm-related needs and recovery in affected counties. Click here to donate. 

  • The Center for Disaster Philanthropy has launched a relief fund to support long-term recovery for those most in need. Click here to donate.  

  • The Salvation Army is providing food and water to first responders and preparing for massive feeding efforts for residents. Click here to donate, call 1.800.SAL.ARMY or text STORM to 51555. 

  • American Red Cross is working around the clock along the Gulf Coast to help thousands of people. Click here to donate, call 1.800.RED.CROSS or text HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation.  

  • United Airlines MileagePlus members who donate a minimum of $50 to any of United's charitable partners will receive up to 1,000 bonus miles. Click here to donate. 

  • Alaska will match up to 1 million miles contributed by Alaska Mileage Plan members. To donate, log into your mileage account, click the donate miles link, and select the Alaska Airlines Charity Miles pool.

  • PayPal Giving Fund covers all transaction costs for donations made through their site, ensuring that 100% of each gift made is available to charity. Click here to donate through the dozen charities listed

  • Direct Impact Fund in partnership with GoFundMe, ensures your funds go directly to support individuals with verified campaigns on the crowdfunding site. Click here to choose a campaign and donate.

For more opportunities to support by giving blood, food, supplies and shelter, please reference this resource provided by NPRPlease keep in mind, every organization uses donations they receive differently; when you choose a charity to support visit their website, or Charity Navigatorto understand how your gifts will be used.

We continue to send prayers and support to our members, friends and beyond during this devastating time.

Sincerely,

 

 

Vanessa Blacknall-Jamison

Board Chair, OBAP