A note on Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery

The pictures from Houston and south Texas have been very hard to watch over the past few days.  The prediction of up to fifty inches of rain before Harvey moves on is simply hard to fathom.  Despite the tragedy of the historic storm, we have seen heroic actions of public servants and private citizens saving lives. Despite current discourse of division in our country, it has been so reaffirming to see neighbors helping neighbors in times of peril. I believe that shows the true character of our country.

Many of us not only want to keep the residents in our thoughts and prayers, we also would like to help with our own resources. The immediate needs for the coming weeks will be for rescue and relief efforts. The American Red Cross (https://www.redcross.org/donate/donation) , the

Salvation Army (https://secure20.salvationarmy.org/donation.jsp), and Springfield-based Convoy of Hope (https://www.convoyofhope.org/)  are already on the ground helping with the current urgency.

Long after the television cameras leave, and the relief agencies complete their work, it will be months, and maybe years, before south Texas fully recovers. The Mayor of Houston has opened the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund at the Greater Houston Community Foundation (GHCF)  (https://ghcfdisaster.kimbia.com/hurricaneharveyrelieffund) that can offer more flexibility and responsiveness for future needs. We have also reached out GHCF to see how we might assist in their efforts as well.

(UPDATE: 2:30 p.m., Monday) Additionally, the Center for Disaster Philanthropy has opened the CDP Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund, which allows donors to give now to support longer-term recovery needs. “Right now, attention is rightly focused on providing immediate relief to survivors–temporary shelter, food, water, and other basic needs–and watching how the storm unfolds over the course of the next week,” says the CDP.

We can also work with you directly on your donor-advised or family & community fund to assist as well. Contact Winter Kinne wkinne@cfozarks.org, or 417-447-5358 to make a gift through your fund.

In the meantime, I know all the residents in that devastated region need all our thoughts and prayers we can offer.

Brian Fogle,
President and CEO

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