Global energy company Anadarko and Houston’s NFL team, the Houston Texans, have each donated $1 million to the United Way of Greater Houston Relief Fund to help those in our community most impacted by Hurricane Harvey’s devastating effects.
United Way of Greater Houston established the fund in response to the widespread destruction caused by storm-related flooding. All monies raised by United Way’s Relief Fund will be used to help individuals and families with both immediate, basic needs and long-term recovery services such as case management and minor home repair.
“We want to thank Anadarko and the Houston Texans for their leadership and generosity in responding to this urgent call for help in our community,” said Anna M. Babin, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Houston. “Our first priority is safety, shelter and basic needs for those who are most impacted by the storm. Once the community is stabilized, United Way will focus on long-term recovery efforts and we know those needs will be great.”
Babin added that United Way of Greater Houston is asking individuals and companies to support the effort and that every gift, in any amount, will help someone in our community to recover from Hurricane Harvey. She said United Way began receiving donations from throughout the community and around the nation as soon as the fund was announced.
“Our community always comes together in the most difficult times,” said Babin. “Our neighbors are in tremendous need and it is going to take all of us to working together and giving generously to help them recover. We want to make it as simple as possible for people to give, so you can give by texting UWFLOOD to 41444 or visiting unitedwayhouston.org.”
Babin noted that, in times of disaster, United Way serves as the convening organization to bring together non-profit and community partners, as well as civic and government stakeholders from across the Greater Houston area, to coordinate recovery efforts, both assessing the needs and providing support where it is needed most.
In addition, United Way operates 2-1-1 Texas / United Way HELPLINE which is the community’s key information source before, during and after a storm. United Way’s 2-1-1 is the one call for those impacted who don’t know where to call, providing the most updated information on shelters, basic needs assistance and, once the flood waters subside, long-term recovery support.
To give to the United Way Flood Relief Fund, visit unitedwayhouston.org/flood or text UWFLOOD to 41444.
About United Way of Greater Houston
For more than 95 years, United Way of Greater Houston has been a leader and trusted partner in improving lives, tackling key community social issues, and making a lasting difference. Last year, United Way of Greater Houston touched the lives nearly 2 million of our neighbors in the Bay Area and in Fort Bend, Harris, Montgomery, and Waller counties. United Way focuses on strengthening our community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining senior independence and rebuilding people’s lives in times of crisis. United Way of Greater Houston is the best way to make the biggest difference in our community. For more information, please visit, www.unitedwayhouston.org.