Comcast, Wells Fargo each donate $500K to Houston winter storm relief efforts
Volunteers stack cases of water during a water distribution event at the Fountain Life Center on February 20, 2021 in Houston, Texas. Much of Texas is still struggling with historic cold weather, power outages and a shortage of potable water after winter storm Uri swept across 26 states with a mix of freezing temperatures and precipitation. Many Houston residents do not have drinkable water at their homes and are relying on city water giveaways. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Two area business entities and an NFL franchise, each with histories of community service and investment are at it again. Comcast NBCUniversal, the Wells Fargo Foundation and the Houston Texans are each donating $500k to Houston-area winter storm relief efforts.


Our hearts go out to the people of Houston, including thousands of our employees and customers who have been impacted by the extreme and devastating effects of Winter Storm Uri. To help support those impacted by the disaster, Comcast NBCUniversal is committed to providing $500,000 in support to Houston-area relief efforts, including cash and in-kind contributions.

The $500,000 commitment includes $250,000 in cash that will be shared between the Greater Houston Community Foundation and the United Way of Greater Houston. Additionally, the company will donate advertising time on its cable systems to these organizations to run public service announcements to help educate concerned citizens about how they can assist with relief efforts.

“Winter Storm Uri has truly highlighted the importance of businesses taking care of the community,” said Amanda McMillian, president and CEO for United Way of Greater Houston. “We thank Comcast for stepping up and making this donation that will provide a lifeline to Houston residents who are struggling due to the devastating effects of this extreme weather.”

Comcast NBCUniversal’s pledge is another step in the company’s commitment to providing a combination of financial and additional resources to assist with the relief efforts in Houston. Last week, Comcast opened more than 800,000 Xfinity WiFi hotspots around the Houston area to help all area residents and emergency workers to connect during Winter Storm Uri.

“Comcast believes it is our responsibility to continue our support to strengthen the community, said Ralph Martinez, senior vice president for Comcast’s Houston region. “We hope this donation will help accelerate the recovery process and provide the support Houstonians need at this challenging time.” 

The outpouring of support from Comcast NBCUniversal employees across the country has been tremendous. Our thoughts are with everyone who has been affected by the storm, and we will continue to identify ways to give back as rebuilding efforts begin.


The devastating effects of several winter storms have left millions of Texans dealing with costly home damages and limited access to food and water. To help aid in relief efforts, the Wells Fargo Foundation will donate a total of $500,000 for response and recovery, including $50,000to American Red Cross and $100,000 to Feeding America’s network of 21 food banks in the state. The remaining $350,000 will be used to support local nonprofit efforts, as well as aid with the recovery in communities of color, who have been disproportionately impacted during this crisis. 

“The recent winter storms caused a wide path of destruction and emotional distress, and we want our customers, employees and communities we serve across the state to know we are here for them,” said Nate Hurst, president of the Wells Fargo Foundation. “We hope our donation helps local nonprofits expand their work and facilitate an equitable recovery from the severe weather. Importantly, we also wanted some of our funding to help build resiliency for the future so communities can better withstand the impacts of climate change.”

Wells Fargo is committed to providing support to customers, clients and employees affected by these storms, including suppressing/waiving/reversing certain fees, such as late fees. Payment assistance and disaster relief options requires customers to contact us. Customers who want to discuss their financial needs should call 800-219-9739. For up-to-date information on location closings, customers can visit our branch locator website.

Additionally, customers are able to make donations to the American Red Cross via online banking and mobile app via Zelle. Wells Fargo is also supporting employees through the WE Care Fund, a Wells Fargo program that provides financial grants to employees to cover unforeseen expenses caused by a disaster situation or a financial hardship that is beyond their control.


Janice S. McNair and the Houston Texans announced a $500,000 donation to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund recently created by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner and Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo.

“We are happy to lend a helping hand to our fellow neighbors during challenging times like these,” said Texans Chair Janice S. McNair. “I’d like to express my sincere gratitude to Mayor Turner and Judge Hidalgo for their leadership of the relief fund and including us in the recovery efforts. This city is full of strong and resilient people who will benefit greatly from these funds.”

The funds will provide grants to local nonprofits that target the unmet needs of families who need additional assistance with home repairs and temporary housing. Housing damage is rampant in the Houston area in the wake of last week’s winter storm.

“We consider everyone who lives and works in Harris County to be part of the Texans family. As such, we are delighted to offer our support to the effort,” said Texans Chairman and CEO Cal McNair. “Houstonians continue to show time and again that when we act as one team, with a united mission, we can accomplish anything. Helping our neighbors get back on their feet after this unprecedented winter storm is no exception.”

Turner named Cal McNair to the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund Advisory Board. The committee will oversee and administer the grant distribution process.

For more information about the Greater Houston/Harris County 2021 Winter Storm Relief Fund or to donate, please visit