In this podcast, we speak to Mathew Knowles, CEO of Music World Entertainment (Destiny’s Child, Beyoncé).
In part one of our two-part discussion, Mathew discusses with us how Hurricane Harvey affected Houston and all of Texas, what people can do to help, and provides details on the “Hand in Hand: A Benefit for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma Relief” Telethon taking place Tonight at 8PM to help victims of both Harvey and Irma.
Organizations providing hurricane relief:
Beyoncé’s BeyGood Foundation: This is Beyonce’s foundation for relief efforts and other good works: https://www.beyonce.com/beygood/
St. John’s and the Bread Of Life Church: This is the Knowles Family’s local church in Houston – they are assisting people with food, shelter and emotional/spiritual support. http://www.breadoflifeinc.org/
Texas Southern University: This is the university where Mathew is a professor – the students really need help getting books, instruments, supplies and basic assistance. http://www.tsu.edu/about/administration/university-advancement/communications/emergency/harvey-relief-assistance.php
American Red Cross: Usually the first group people think of when giving after a disaster. It says it is providing shelters for those displaced by Harvey, and it has thousands of volunteers on the ground in the state. You can give here. (3/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
(A series of reports by ProPublica have raised questions as to how Red Cross uses its donations for emergency relief. You can find some of those stories here.)
All Hands: This nonprofit recommended to Vox by disasterologist Samantha Montano has staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
Global Giving: A charity crowdfunding site that is attempting to raise $2 million to be used exclusively for local relief and recovery efforts. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
Foundation Beyond Belief: The humanist group, also recommended by Montano, is evaluating how best to use the funds it collects. You can give here.
Salvation Army: The Christian charity is emphasizing its intentions to help with long-term recovery in Houston. You can give here.
Team Rubicon: A veterans group sending volunteers to help with rescue operations in areas affected by Harvey. You can give here. (A- from Charity Watch)
Operation Supply Drop: Another veterans organization sending volunteers to Texas. You can give here.
Greater Houston Community Fund: A broad-based relief fund established by Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner. You can give here.
Local food banks: The Houston Press has compiled a list of food banks in the affected area, including Houston Food Bank, Galveston County Food Bank, Corpus Christi Food Bank, Southeast Texas Food Bank, and more. They recommend contacting a food bank directly about their need and what you can do.
Houston Humane Society: The group is helping marshal care and shelter for pets in the area. You can give here. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is undertaking similar efforts. You can give here. The San Antonio Humane Society is doing the same. More here. There is also Austin Pets Alive, which you can give to here.
Blood donations: The Houston Chronicle noted that Carter BloodCare and the South Texas Blood and Tissue Center are accepting donations.
Americares: The nonprofit focused on medicine and health is seeking to provide emergency medical supplies and other basic resources to first responders and others in Texas. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
Portlight: A disaster response group dedicated specifically to people with disabilities. It is seeking to help affected people with evacuation and finding shelter, any medical equipment needs they might have, and more. You can learn more about its efforts here.
SBP: The New Orleans-based organization is planning to send Americorps volunteers, assist local leaders and nonprofits, and eventually help rebuild damaged or destroyed homes. You can give here. (4/4 stars from Charity Navigator.)
Airbnb: The hospitality company is working to coordinate people in need of a place to stay with people willing to offer a free room. More information here.
Check out Charity Navigator’s Hurricane Harvey page if you’d like to see more options.