Hurricane Relief Fund and Emergency Resources

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HELP THOSE IN NEED

Residents of Florida, Texas, Louisiana, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands are still recovering from the unprecedented damage due to the recent hurricanes. Can you lend a helping hand? The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is accepting donations for the Hurricane Relief Fund from individuals and corporate donors who may wish to help provide relief to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected areas. Contributions may be made by clicking this link. Please see below for information on the fund and how members can receive assistance. 

AID FOR SAG-AFTRA MEMBERS

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation and the SAG-AFTRA Motion Picture Players Welfare Fund have created a special Hurricane Relief Fund to provide urgent financial support to SAG-AFTRA members affected by recent hurricane and flooding. They are partnering with The Actors Fund to administer the relief efforts on the ground, ensuring all SAG-AFTRA members receive the help they need.

Members are eligible to apply for assistance if they are currently active and have paid their dues through April 30, 2017. Affected and eligible members may apply by contacting The Actors Fund intake services directly:

For those impacted by Hurricane Harvey, contact The Actors Fund’s Los Angeles office, (323) 933-9244, ext. 455 or intakela@actorsfund.org
For those impacted by Hurricanes Irma and Maria, contact The Actors Fund’s New York City office, (212) 221-7300 ext. 119 or intakeny@actorsfund.org

The process has been streamlined to speed relief, and consists of a quick, confidential and non-invasive application and consultation to establish need. During the consultation, the social services professionals will also assess each applicant’s need for additional assistance, programs or services. 

The SAG-AFTRA Foundation is currently taking donations for the Hurricane Relief Fund. Every donation counts, big or small, and all donations will provide relief to hard-hit SAG-AFTRA members in the affected region.

Contributions may be made by clicking this link.

No SAG-AFTRA membership dues are being used to service or administer the Hurricane Relief Fund.

Texas AFL-CIO

Also, union members can now apply for assistance from the Texas Workers Relief Fund established by the Texas AFL-CIO here: http://www.texasaflcio.org/relief

Union Plus

If you’re a Union Plus Credit Card holder or have a Union Plus mortgage or insurance, you may be eligible for disaster relief. Click here for details.

American Red Cross

http://www.redcross.org/local/texas/gulf-coast/disaster-response
Disaster Assistance Hotline: 1-866-526-8300 and choose option 3

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES 

There are various ways you can help, be it locally, nationally or online. Please exercise good judgement when making a donation and investigate the charitable entity prior to donating. We’ve listed some scam-prevention resources at the end.

Monetary Donations
Neighbors 4 Neighbors: Neighbors 4 Neighborsis accepting cash donations to help victims of Hurricane Irma. Any amount will be accepted.  Click here to donate.
The Miami Foundation:The Miami Foundation has launched the Miami Foundation Hurricane Relief Fund to collect donations to go toward local recovery efforts. You can give here.
The Hurricane Irma Community Recovery Fund: The Hurricane Irma Community Recovery Fund supports grassroots Florida organizations which are helping the most vulnerable communities recover.
Donate here.
Florida Disaster Fund: You can make a monetary donation to the Florida Disaster Fund which was established to help Florida communities respond and recover during times of disaster. One hundred percent of the proceeds go toward disaster-related relief. Donations are tax deductible. Click here to donate or text the word DISASTER to 20222 to make a onetime donation of $10.
The American University of Antigua:The American University of Antigua has created a fund specifically for the battered nation of Barbuda to provide food, water and medicine in addition to longer-term recovery assistance. All donations to this fund will be matched by AUA, the university says. 
Habitat for Humanity:Habitat for Humanity is helping families clean up after both Harvey and Irma and will help with rebuilding efforts. Donations can be made at habitat.org/hurricanes or by calling 1-800-HABITAT.
Americares: Americares is providing emergency health care access in Texas for Harvey victims and is partnering with health centers in Florida along Irma's path. Click here to donate.
UNICEF USA: UNICEF USA is targeting children impacted by Irma and is on the ground with staff and equipment for water treatment, hygiene and more within the Caribbean.  
Florida Disaster: Donations
To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.

Food and Clothing Donations
Florida Disaster: Donations
To make a contribution, please visit www.FloridaDisasterFund.org or text DISASTER to 20222 to make a one-time donation of $10.

Animals
Humane Society of Greater Miami: For victims who do not have a voice – the dogs and cats housed at shelters by the Humane Society of Greater Miami are in need of aid as well. To make a donation visit www.humanesocietymiami.org or deliver to the Humane Society of Greater Miami’s Soffer and Fine Adoption Center located at 16101 West Dixie Highway, North Miami Beach, FL 33160.

Volunteer
Community Emergency Operations Centers: The Community Emergency Operations Centers across Florida are seeking volunteers to assist with recovery efforts. Click here for more info. Disaster Assistance: https://www.nvoad.org/current-disasters/hurricane-irma-information/

Florida needs 1,000 volunteer nurses to help at our special needs shelters. Nurses who can volunteer can email BPRCHDPreparedness@FLHealth.gov. Nurses can also email HelpFL@FLhealth.gov.

Shelter
Florida Disaster: http://www.floridadisaster.org/shelters/summary.aspx

Medical Assistance
Residents should be sure to follow the direction of local officials regarding boil water notices. County emergency management contacts, websites and citizen information lines can be found at http://www.floridadisaster.org/info.

Telecommunications
Free Xfinity WiFi hotspots are available throughout the state for individuals in need, including non-Xfinity customers, to help residents and emergency personnel stay connected. For a map of Xfinity WiFi hotspots, which are located both indoors and outdoors in places such as shopping districts, parks and businesses, please visit Xfinity.com/wifi.

Monetary Donations
Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: Mayor Sylvester Turner has established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund that will accept tax-deductible flood relief donations for victims affected by the recent floods. The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity.
https://ghcf.org/hurricane-relief/

United Way of Greater Houston has created a flood relief fund that will be used to help with immediate needs and long-term services like minor home repair. To donate, text UWFLOOD to 41444 or visit the website at https://www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood.

L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund: Established to help people “rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.” It is managed by The Montrose Center, Houston’s longtime community center for the area’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population.
Click here to access the L.G.B.T.Q. Disaster Relief Fund website.

Food and Clothing Donations
Emergency Operations Center: If you live in Houston, a list of places where you may drop off donations can be found here.

Houston Food Bank: http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/

Food Bank of Corpus Christie: http://www.foodbankcc.com/

Texas Diaper Bank in San Antonio: The bank needs diapers and wipes. You may drop it off in person or mail the items to 5415 Bandera Road, Suite 504, San Antonio, TX, 78238.
http://www.texasdiaperbank.org/

Blood
South Texas Blood and Tissue Center: To donate, call (210) 731-5590 or visit their website for more information at https://southtexasblood.org/harvey.

Carter BloodCare: Covers hospitals in North, Central and East Texas. To donate, call (877) 571-1000 or text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999.
http://www.carterbloodcare.org/

Animals
To help animals suffering from the disaster, please visit the following sites:

Houston Humane Society: http://www.houstonhumane.org/

San Antonio Humane Society: https://sahumane.org/

Houston Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: Contact the animal emergency response hotline at (713) 861-3010. You may also submit a donation through its website by clicking here.

Volunteer
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster:
For a list of disaster-relief organizations in Texas that are recommended by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, click here.

Monetary
American Red Cross: To submit a donation through its website, click here. You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to donate $10.

Creative Relief: If you'd like to lend a hand, please visit chicagocreativerelief.org. Let’s rally together to support this humanitarian effort!

Salvation Army: Donations to the can be made online by clicking here, calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY (1-800-725-2769) or texting STORM to 51555.

Blood
AABB: The organization coordinates a task force that manages blood collection efforts during disasters. According to the site, the blood type O is critically in demand. Contact (301) 907-6977

America’s Blood Centers: http://www.americasblood.org/

American Red Cross: Dial 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit http://www.redcrossblood.org/.

Armed Services Blood Program: Call (703) 681-5979 or visit http://www.militaryblood.dod.mil/

Food and Clothing Donations
Catholic Charities: Provides food, clothing, shelter and support services to those from all religious backgrounds. Click here to learn more.

Save the Children: The charity is delivering baby supplies, including cribs and strollers, to Hurricane Harvey survivors and setting up child-friendly spaces in shelters. Click here for more information.

Medicine
AmeriCares: Takes medicine and supplies to survivors.

Direct Relief: The humanitarian aid organization is shipping medicine and medical supplies to Texas. It has made its entire medical inventory of more than $100 million available for the Harvey relief effort. Click here to learn more.

Airbnb is waiving service fees for those affected by the disaster and checking in between Aug. 23 and Sept. 25. It will also guide users in creating a listing where their home can be offered to victims for free.

GoFundMe has created a page with all of its Harvey-related campaigns. Click here to access the page.

GlobalGiving’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund supports local organizations by helping to “meet survivors’ immediate needs for food, fuel, clean water, hygiene products and shelter.” It will also assist with longer-term recovery efforts. Click here to make a contribution.

Charity Navigator: The site houses an extensive database of charities. It uses knowledge gleaned from non-profit financial documents to, “develop an unbiased, objective, numbers-based rating system to assess over 8,000 of America's best-known and some lesser known, but worthy, charities.” For a list of organizations assisting with the storm’s aftermath, click here.

IRS: Click here to access its search tool, which verifies if an organization is eligible to receive tax-deductible charitable contributions.