As you likely know, people of all faiths, race, gender, and status, are being hurt by the destructive natural forces of Hurricane Harvey. The hurricane has already had an impact on the lives of over 2.3 million people living in eastern Texas and has made its way towards Louisiana. Members of our own community are both among those affected, as well as leaders in the response efforts, and as we watch the devastation of Hurricane Harvey unfold, we urge you to take action in providing relief to these families who must rebuild so much from something out of their control.
Right now, the most effective way to act is to make a financial contribution to those directly affected by Hurricane Harvey:
- Donations to the URJ’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund will support the work of our own URJ Greene Family Camp, as well as that of other community partners.
- Greene Family Camp is also collecting gift cards from major national retailers, such as Walmart, Target, Home Depot, and Lowe’s, as well as the two major grocery stores in the area, Kroger and H-E-B. These gift cards will assist in meeting immediate needs and expenses for families who must replenish everything they once owned. You can send gift cards (of any amount) to: URJ Greene Family Camp, 1192 Smith Lane, Bruceville, TX 76630.
- We also recommend donations to the Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, NECHAMA: A Jewish Response to Disaster, and The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund of the Greater Houston Community Foundation.
In times of need for these communities, we are asking you to do the most. This goes beyond just a share or a retweet. From providing support yourself or rallying your own community to donate to this cause, we must truly help those in need. When we work together, we can make lasting change forever.
Mitzvah Corps and URJ Youth will continue to keep you updated on our collective efforts, funds raised, and ways to support the flood relief, from education to advocacy to mobilizing your peers, so you can use your voice to inspire others to join this cause.
Thank you, as always, for being our partner in progress.