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An Update on Hurricane Harvey
By From UUSC on August 27, 2017
Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund
On Friday night, August 25, Hurricane Harvey made landfall as a Category 4 Storm and brought with it deadly winds and rain to an area of the United States millions call home. Much of the Texas Gulf Coast has been impacted and communities in Louisiana and across the state of Texas are still coping with more days of rain. We’re holding all of those affected in our hearts and prayers and we are in touch with local Unitarian Universalists so we can meet the needs as they arise. To do this, we are joining with the Unitarian Universalist Association (UUA) on a recovery and relief fund.
Please give as generously as you are able. Half of all funds raised will go to at-risk populations served by UUSC partners and the other half of the funds will support Unitarian Universalist congregations and members of those congregations most affected by the storm. Those funds will be administered by a group of leaders in the UUA’s Southern Region, which includes the states across the southeast from Texas to South Carolina, and from most of Virginia to Florida.
Using their eye-to-eye partnership model, UUSC will work with and support local grassroots community partners on the ground in Texas serving at-risk populations who may not be able to access relief services and who are traditionally left out of mainstream response efforts. UUSC and their partners will work to bolster locally led relief efforts that are serving immigrant families, in particular young mothers and their children. As the storm passes and recovery begins, UUSC will continue to get updates and work with partners to ensure their needs are met.
The Unitarian Universalist College for Social Justice (UUCSJ) has finalized their volunteer interest form to collect information about people interested in helping with the Hurricane Harvey recovery efforts. Please note the questions specific to Texas disaster relief. In partnership with UUSC grassroots partners in Texas, UUCSJ is exploring where and how volunteers can be most useful once the worst flooding has receded. Once the pathways for action become clear, we can effectively support the recovery and rebuilding efforts in Texas in the months to come.