When Hurricane Harvey hit Southeast Texas, it hit very close to home for the #GoGetItLIFE team. Literally. Co-Founder Meghan Rossi is a native Houstonian who’s family, including their beloved dog, were evacuated via water rescue as flood waters overtook their home.
It will be several days before water recedes in many areas, and consequently days or weeks before the full extent of the damage is calculated. Rebuilding is estimated to take months. All this to say, displaced residents, first responders and volunteers are in it for the long haul. There is a tremendous amount of assistance that will be needed for the months to come.
At #GoGetItLIFE we believe that giving back is at the core of our mission to live our best life possible. We have researched and curated a list of charities that are working on the ground to meet a variety of needs for displaced residents, animals, volunteers and first responders. These are ways you can give immediately to organizations that are working hard during this recovery and relief period.
As the rebuilding phase is assessed the #GoGetItLIFE team will be organizing new efforts to further giveback to all impacted in Houston and throughout Southeast Texas.
Thank you in advance for your support.
The #GoGetItLIFE team
Team Rubicon – https://teamrubiconusa.org
Team Rubicon unites the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. Team Rubicon’s primary mission is providing disaster relief to those affected by natural disasters, be they domestic or international. By pairing the skills and experiences of military veterans with first responders, medical professionals, and technology solutions, Team Rubicon aims to provide the greatest service and impact possible.
Humane Society of the United States – https://secure.humanesociety.org/site/Donation2?df_id=22819&22819.donation=form1&s_src=web_ws_hurricane_harvey_id93480558
The Humane Society of the United States is the nation’s most effective animal protection organization. We and our affiliates provide hands-on care and services to more than 100,000 animals each year, and we professionalize the field through education and training for local organizations. We are the leading animal advocacy organization, seeking a humane world for people and animals alike. We are driving transformational change in the U.S. and around the world by combating large-scale cruelties such as puppy mills, animal fighting, factory farming, seal slaughter, horse cruelty, captive hunts and the wildlife trade.
Louie’s Legacy Animal Rescue – Apply to Foster: Http://www.louieslegacy.org/wp/get-involved/foster/ Contribute: http://www.louieslegacy.org/wp/support-us/donate/
We are working with a small coalition of rescues in the Northeast and coordinating efforts in Ohio to relocate about 700 shelter animals (not owned animals) in Austin to make room for those picked up in Houston. Essentially we need foster homes in Ohio/Northern Kentucky, Connecticut, New York City and central New Jersey to help accept as many animals as possible.
Houston Food Bank – https://secure3.convio.net/hfb/site/Donation2;jsessionid=00000000.app313b?df_id=9314&9314.donation=form1&mfc_pref=T&s_src=HB&s_subsrc=harvey&src=lb&NONCE_TOKEN=ABE1985851EFBC1C5FCDA3E8EB45E912
The Houston Food Bank is America’s largest food bank in distribution to its network of 600 hunger relief charities in 18 southeast Texas counties. Named top charity in Texas by Charity Navigator for financial performance and accountability, the Houston Food Bank provides 83 million nutritious meals to food pantries, soup kitchens, senior centers and other agencies, feeding 800,000 people each year. Fresh produce, meat and nonperishables are distributed from the warehouse, and hot meals are prepared and distributed from the new Keegan Kitchen, a 10,000 square foot, state-of-the-art industrial kitchen. Additional community services range from nutrition education to assistance with food stamp applications and hands-on job training. Red Barrels offer a convenient way for grocery shoppers to donate nonperishables for their neighbors in need.
Texas Diaper Bank (Select “Disaster Relief”) – https://texasdiaperbank.networkforgood.com
Every year, the Texas Diaper Bank helps change the lives of 15,600 babies, seniors, and the disabled. We are able to distribute over 1.1 Million diapers every year through the generosity of you, our donors.
Americares – https://secure.americares.org/site/Donation2?df_id=22188&mfc_pref=T&22188.donation=form1&_ga=2.27797372.1946876975.1503855566-771809081.1503855566
For every $10 you donate today, we can provide $200 in aid—that’s the power of giving to Americares. Donate to provide emergency medicine and supplies today. Right now, Americares is in Texas, distributing water, aid and mobilizing medical outreach with our local partners. Thousands of people are in desperate need of aid, medicine and basic supplies but we can’t keep up with demand. You can help them! Send your gift today!
With your gift, you will let survivors of Hurricane Harvey know that Health is on the Way.
Operation BBQ Relief – https://operationbbqrelief.org
Operation BBQ Relief was founded in May 2011 in response to a need for relief efforts in tornado-stricken Joplin, Missouri, a community of about 50,000 residents. Volunteers from competition BBQ teams from eight states answered the need to help feed displaced families, police, fire, National Guard and emergency personnel. We were able to serve over 120,000 meals over 13 days. Food was delivered to shelters, hospitals, senior living communities and the Humane Society. Volunteers loaded food into vehicles and delivered directly to families in the impacted areas. The operation was made possible by all who contributed food and supplies and funding from across the country. Operation BBQ Relief continues to respond to natural disasters and other situations to help feed displaced residents and emergency personnel.