Hurricane Relief Efforts

                              

 

Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have ripped through Texas, the Caribbean, Florida and Georgia, leaving devastation in their paths. Many people in these areas are still in need of help with food, water and rebuilding their homes. Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone affected by these storms.

Here are ways you can help if you would like to and also ways to get help:

Ways to help:

  • American Red Cross – Donations provide shelter, food, comfort and emergency support for individuals and families as they recover.
  • Atlanta Community Food Bank – You can donate goods or funds to help with staging and shipping food and supplies to sister food banks in South Georgia and Florida. ACFB will also provide short-term food and supplies for families affected by the tropical storm here in metro Atlanta and north Georgia and work closely with their network of partner agencies to ensure food is getting to those who need it most.
  • Charity Navigator – Here you'll find a list of highly-rated organizations providing assistance in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. 
  • To locate your local accredited community foundaiton, visit www.cof.org/community-foundation-locator
  • Georgia Cares - On Wednesday, September 20th, The Salvation Army of Metro Atlanta, in partnership with 11Alive, The Woodruff Arts Center and United Van Lines, is holding a collection drive for those affected by recent hurricanes in Texas, Florida, and Georgia.  Click HERE for more information and a list of items needed.
  • Greater Houston Community Foundation - After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and County Judge Ed Emmett have established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods. Contact the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, to make a donation.
  • Guidestar - Learn more about charities in your local area.
  • Salvation Army – Donations will help mobilize food trucks to feed thousands of victims and first responders and will assist the disaster relief team in setting up shelters for survivors to rest and recover.
  • UNICEF USA - If you are looking to make a difference for children affected by these crises, please contact Jeremy Cole with UNICEF USA,


To get help:

  • Feeding America - Member food banks have strategically placed food, water, and supplies across the region for families affected by the hurricanes.
  • Hope Clinic - Medical services provided in Gwinnett County regardless of a patient's income or insurance status.
  • Georgia Emergency Management Association – Get complete post-hurricane information regarding evacuation routes being used to travel south to return to your home, traffic information, fuel outages, shelter locations, as well as the ability to report damage and get help.
  • Georgia Voluntary Organizations Active in DisasterFrom now through September 30, call the number below for help with home cleanup. Able, reputable and vetted relief agencies may assist you and your neighbors in cutting fallen trees, removing drywall, insulation, flooring, furniture, appliances, tarp roofs, etc. All services are free, but service is not guaranteed due to the overwhelming need. Importantly, this hotline CANNOT assist with social services such as food, clothing, shelter, insurance, or questions about FEMA registration. Volunteers work free of charge and provide the tools and equipment necessary to complete the work. To request help, call 800-451-1954.                   
  • Gwinnett Coalition for Health and Human Services - Free and confidential service offered to all Gwinnett County residents providing information and referrals for family issues, emergency shelter, health services, childcare, food, employment and much more.
  • United Way 211 Atlanta – Hotline for assistance for evacuees of Hurricane Irma and ways to assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey.