While many of the gulf coast communities affected by Hurricane Harvey are still in crisis mode, simultaneous relief efforts are developing all across Texas to support our UT students, their families, and anyone affected by the hurricane. Here at the Longhorn Center for Community Engagement, we are serving as a donation site for several organizations, and attempting to amplify the efforts of groups across campus and central Texas. As such, we ask that you consider contributing to one of these efforts and spreading the word to those in your networks:
IMMEDIATE DONATION NEEDS:
We encourage you to consider contributing one or more of the products listed below. There is an immediate need to send some of these things by end-of-day Friday 9/1, but we will be collecting for the next several weeks.
Austin Diaper Bank
– Baby diapers (4,5,6)
– Adult diapers (X-XXL)
Central Texas Food Bank
– Non-perishable foods
– Bottled water
– Baby formula / food
– Hygiene products
– Feminine products
– Hair products
Marvin C. Griffin Building
1009 E. 11th Street
2nd Floor / Suite 200
Boxes will be placed in the lobby (9am-5pm)
The Dean of Students’ office and Student Government are spearheading campus efforts. Visit deanofstudents.utexas.edu/helpforharvey/ to support, or to submit your own effort.
Texas Exes is collecting gift cards to be sent to the more than 100,000 alumni and their families in the gulf coast area. Gift cards can be dropped off at the Etter-Harbin Alumni Center.
The City of Austin is preparing to house 7000+ evacuees, and serving as the emergency operations center for coordinated government relief efforts. Visit www.mayoradler.com/ to get involved, and to keep up with the latest news.
The Austin Disaster Relief Network is supporting a variety of relief efforts, from phone banking to collecting donations.
The Longhorn Center for Community Engagement will be posting updated information as much as possible on social media, since things are still developing quickly and information is changing daily. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest.