Flood Relief Fund Established


After receiving an overwhelming number of inquiries from citizens and companies who want to help, Mayor Annise Parker is establishing The Greater Houston 2015 Flood Relief Fund that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations. BP America, Inc. Chairman and President John Mingé will serve as Chair of the Advisory Board which will coordinate fundraising and administration of the fund.

Assistance from the Flood Relief Fund will be provided through nonprofit organizations and/or governmental entities providing relief to flood victims. The Fund will not provide relief directly to individuals/families. If you are an individual or family needing assistance, there are several organizations that may be able to help you; they are listed after this article.

The fund will focus on aiding flood victims in Harris, Fort Bend and Montgomery Counties who need shelter, housing, food, supplies, healthcare, transportation and child care.

The fund will be housed at the Greater Houston Community Foundation, a 501(c)(3) public charity, which will administer the fund at no cost, so 100% of all donations will go toward helping flood victims.

If you are a GHCF donor and wish to make a grant to this fund, please log in through DonorXpress and recommend a grant payable to GHCF for the purpose of The Greater Houston 2015 Flood Relief Fund.

If you would like to make a donation via check, please make it payable to: Greater Houston Community Foundation with "The Greater Houston 2015 Flood Relief Fund" listed in the memo line. Please mail directly to GHCF at 5120 Woodway Dr, Suite 6000, Houston, TX 77056.

If you are not a GHCF donor, you can
click here OR text the word "Houston" to 91999 to make your donation.

To volunteer your time and/or contribute supplies:

Mantle of Civic Duty Falls to Houston Youth

by Ashley Deutser, YPC Planning Committee Member,
and featured in the Houston Chronicle

Fortunately, we live in a city that doesn't ask the question whether or not to give.

The questions that are more often asked in Houston are: "When?", "How?" and "Where?"

The generosity that exists in our city is rooted in the history of Houston. We are who we are because of those who came before us. Philanthropic leaders and families, such as the Jones family, the Cullen family, the Cockrell family and many others, have had a vision and passion for our city. Their contributions have not only made an indelible impact on our city, but also set the foundation for my generation.

Read the rest of Ashley's Op-Ed here.


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