It’s extremely difficult to sit back and watch what’s happening in Texas and not feel the overwhelming desire to lend our support. The state is experiencing a historical winter storm that’s causing rolling blackouts, which have left millions of residents without power and water for days.
Since there’s only so much we can do from afar (not to mention, in the middle of a pandemic), we compiled a list of seven ways to help Texas, no matter your location. While there are countless relief funds and organizations to choose from, these picks can serve as a starting point as you begin your own deeper research.
1. Support a food bank
Don’t know where to begin? Introducing Feeding Texas, which has a complete list of every food bank across the state—you can even search by zip code to find specific locations.
2. Donate to a mutual aid fund
3. Give back to first responders
During the storm, first responders and medics are working tirelessly to support their communities. The Austin EMS Association is collecting monetary donations for its relief fund to help feed EMS personnel.
4. Contribute to a national organization
When in doubt, donate to a national organization that’s equipped to offer hands-on support during natural disasters, like the Texas winter storm. A few examples include American Red Cross in North Texas, Central and South Texas, as well as Salvation Army.
5. Support Texas’s animals as well
Many buildings are without power and water. This includes Austin Pets Alive, a nonprofit shelter that’s accepting monetary donations and supplies, so the staff can keep the animals safe and warm during the storm. Feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org or join the Facebook group to read specific requests.
6. Help fund emergency supplies
The Austin Area Urban League is a civil rights organization that’s currently accepting monetary donations. The proceeds will go directly towards providing Texas residents with emergency shelter, food, clothing, and other supplies.
7. Spread the word
Many cities are offering warming shelters to those who are without power and water. Since the details vary by location, be sure to read up on specifics via trustworthy sources (like Texas Tribune).