The most effective way for individuals and the private sector to support disaster survivors is to donate money to trusted, reputable, relief organizations. Cash donations allow disaster response organizations to purchase exactly what is needed when it is needed. With cash in hand, these organizations can obtain needed resources locally which helps local economies recover as well.
The overwhelming generosity of the public is greatly appreciated, however the influx of unsolicted donated goods (used clothing, miscellaneous household items, medicine, pet food, or water) often exceeds what the impacted community needs.
Unsolicited donations requires supporting agencies and impacted communities to redirect staff and volunteers away from providing direct assistance to survivors in order to sort, package, transport, warehouse, and distribute items that may not meet the needs of disaster survivors.
No matter your skill set, background, or ability, you can donate your time and make a difference. Texas VOAD is comrpised of recognized and vetted organizations that rely on the power of volunteerism to help Texas communities prepare for, respond to, and recover from, disaster.