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The victims of Harvey are in urgent need. Here's how you can help.

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Updated August 30, 2017 11:48 AM EDT

SHAPE Community Center
One of the most visible and involved community centers in Houston’s African-American community and the Houston community as a whole.

Lone Star Legal Aid: The Primary Provider Of Free Civil Legal Services In The Region
Provides free legal aid to people with low income, disabilities, and seniors. Their headquarters were damaged on Monday after an explosion and fire due to Harvey.

Support Fe y Justicia (Faith and Justice)
A local immigrant laborer rights and advocacy group.

Houston Undocumented Communities Flood Relief Fund
An estimated 575,000 undocumented immigrant families live in Houston and its surrounding suburbs. Many have lost it all. Due to their undocumented status, hundreds of thousands don't qualify for government aid, such as FEMA. The rebuilding process is estimated to take years and cost billions.

Support victims with disabilities via Portlight Strategies
This is a national organization, however they are taking donations for those who are disabled and affected in the Houston area and surrounding areas hit by Harvey.

Support the homeless in Houston via The Way Home

Support those with housing needs rebuild via Avenue
"Residents in our area, including our housing communities, will need significant assistance in order to rebuild. Their needs are vast – some dealing with losing their homes, while others have experienced substantial loss of property."

Support Houston’s Trans/Queer/Intersex Community
“Many members of the Gulf Coast trans, inter-sex, and gender-queer community have lost everything. Trans, inter-sex, and gender-queer individuals experience extreme difficulties in natural disaster situations. The TransAdvocate’s parent organization, Transgender Foundation of America has organized a community disaster fund. Fund will assist Gulf Coast trans, inter-sex, and gender-queer survivors recover from this disaster.”

Updated August 27, 2017 03:33 PM EDT

The aftermath of the devastation from now Tropical Storm Harvey, formerly Hurricane Harvey, is catastrophic. It has spread well beyond the Texas Gulf Coast and brought massive flooding to Harris County in addition to the destructive winds that have already leveled homes and business along the coast. Sheets of rain continue to pummel large residential areas that are already flooded.

Due to the growing urgent needs there are many more ways to get involved. Please check in regularly with Circa Cares for updates on how you can help these victims in need.

Here's how you can help:


VOLUNTEER or DONATE ITEMS/MONEY

The Red Cross needs volunteers and donations
Visit RedCross.org/Volunteer or call 1-800-REDCROSS
You can also text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation

The Salvation Army is also looking for emergency items and volunteers
To donate visit givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769
You can also text the word STORM to 51555
To volunteer go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/

Texas Diaper Bank
They need wipes, diapers, and other baby essentials

Driscoll Children's Hospital in Corpus Christi

Austin Disaster Relief Network
Survivor hotline 512-806-0800
More than 175 churches and thousands of volunteers are working with this group to help victims.
Call them to assist or donate directly on their website: ADRN.org/give

Americares
This nonprofit is providing emergency medicine and supplies to the elderly and injured.
You can donate directly at this link: Americares.org
or call 1-800-486-HELP

DONATE BLOOD

The Red Cross
Carter BloodCare
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center

OFFER HOUSING

Officials in Texas are asking everyone in the area who may have spare bedrooms to offer displaced friends or people in need a place to stay as the shelters are overloaded.

Airbnb launched a special effort for those looking to find a place to stay and those who can offer shelter, and they're waiving fees for people who check in before September 1st.


HELP THE PETS

The Animal Defense League in Texas
They're organizing donations to animal shelters in need.
Visit ADLTexas.org for more information or call 210-655-1481.

Organizations like Austin Pets Alive and SPCA of Texas
Many nonprofits helping animals say they've already been inundated with displaced pets since the evacuations started. Visit their website to donate or call them at 512-961-6519.

Animal shelters need food, beds, towels, cat litter, dog bowls, cleaning supplies, and of course money and volunteers.

The Houston Humane Society needs help and they have limited staff.

DONATE TO FUNDING EFFORTS

Here are some general Hurricane Harvey Relief Funds:
Relief Fund by Global Giving
Hurricane Harvey Fund for Rockport Fulton
4 Paws Farm has this trending fundraiser on Go Fund Me to help animals in need in flooded areas

THE MARINE MAMMALS

The storm surge was expected to shake up marine life and the Southeast Marine Stranding Network is on alert. NOAA Fisheries says if you see a stranded marine mammal you should not try to help it, but instead call their emergency hotline. You can reach them at 877-942-5343.

Marine mammals may enter waterways like lakes, canals, and levies and be in the area for weeks to months following a hurricane but must be rescued by trained and authorized responders.

Here is a direct link to the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding network.

The Red Cross and The Salvation Army are sending out urgent alerts for help at emergency shelters set up along the Texas Gulf Coast. Animal shelters along Hurricane Harvey's path are preparing for a worse case scenario of displaced pets and the Animal Defense League of Texas is calling for emergency foster homes and pet supplies. In the meantime, the storm surge is expected to shake up marine life and the Southeast Marine Stranding Network is on alert. NOAA Fisheries says if you see a stranded marine mammal you should not try to help it, but instead call their emergency hotline. You can reach them at 877-942-5343.

Volunteers and supplies are in urgent need on Hurricane Harvey's path

(This video was made possible with contributions by public relations officials at NOAA Fisheries, The Salvation Army and The Red Cross, and video from The Salvation Army's Florida Division, The Marine Mammal Center, the Associated Press, and CNN.)

Here's how you can help:

THE PEOPLE

The Red Cross needs volunteers and donations
Visit RedCross.org/Volunteer or call 1-800-REDCROSS
You can also text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation

The Salvation Army is also looking for emergency items and volunteers
To donate visit givesalvationarmy.org or call 1-800-725-2769
To volunteer go to http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/usn/volunteer/

THE PETS

The Animal Defense League in Texas
They're organizing donations to animal shelters in need.
Visit ADLTexas.org for more information or call 210-655-1481.

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Organizations like Austin Pets Alive
Many nonprofits helping animals say they've already been inundated with displaced pets since the evacuations started. Visit their website to donate or call them at 512-961-6519.

Animal shelters need food, beds, towels, cat litter, dog bowls, cleaning supplies, and of course money and volunteers.

THE MARINE MAMMALS

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
NOAA Fisheries is asking you do not approach marine mammals in distress but instead, report them to the Southeast Marine Mammals Stranding Hotline 1-877-942-5343.

They say with the storm surge it is very possible seals or dolphins may enter waterways like lakes, canals, and levies. They may be in the area for weeks to months following a hurricane but must be rescued by trained and authorized responders.

Here is a direct link to the Southeast Marine Mammal Stranding network.

Contributors:

This article and video was made possible thanks to information provided by public relations officials at NOAA Fisheries, The Salvation Army and The Red Cross, and video from The Salvation Army's Florida Division, The Marine Mammal Center, the Associated Press, and CNN.

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