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A Helping Hand In A Time Of Need

UPDATED: This list has been updated to include Hurricanes Katia, Irma and Maria, the earthquakes in Mexico, and the tragic shooting massacre in Las Vegas.

These past six weeks have been tragic as it relates to natural and human disasters. Hurricanes and earthquakes have decimated the Western Hemisphere, wiping out communities or leaving the most marginalized extremely vulnerable and despondent. In Las Vegas, a mass shooting has left dozens dead and hundreds injured.

Want to know what you can do and where you can go to help? Look at our list below. If you know of any other opportunities or organizations, please contact us and let us know.

Las Vegas Shooting

Steve Sisolak, the Clark County Commission Chair for Las Vegas, has organized a Go Fund Me to assist the victims and survivors of the shooting.

Mexico Earthquake and Hurricane Relief

International Community Foundation

Global Giving: Mexico Earthquake Relief Fund


Project Paz- An nonprofit organization that helps Latino chilldren

Topos- Topos is a Mexican rescue brigade that was formed after the 1985 earthquake in Mexico City. For those fluent in Spanish, you can donate directly to rescue team via their website.


United Way Mexico

Helping South Florida and The Caribbean: Hurricane Irma and Maria Relief Efforts

21 US Virgin Island Help

All Hands Volunteers - A disaster relief organization dedicated to worldwide disaster recovery.

Americares- A global health organization that has deployed emergency teams to the islands of Dominica and Puerto Rico

ConPRmetidos- A Puerto Rican nonprofit dedicated to the political, social and economic development of Puerto Rican communities.

Dominica Hurricane Maria Relief Fund- A relief fund to help the citizens of the island nation Dominica

Hispanic Federation

Global Giving: Puerto Rico and Caribbean Hurricane Relief Fund

Mutual Aid Disaster Relief

South Florida Wildlife Center

Students With Puerto Rico- A relief fund started by American college students with connections to the U.S. territory of Puerto Rico.


United For Puerto Rico- The First Lady of Puerto Rico has created a fund to provide hurricane victims.

United Way of Miami Dade County

Taller Salud

Team Rubicon- Organization for volunteering in Puerto Rico and other damaged communities

Houston/Southeast Texas

Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund- Relief fund created by the Mayor of Houston

ICNA Relief- A Muslim nonprofit dedicated to aiding residents in Southern Texas impacted by Southern Texas

Islamic Society of Greater Houston

Living Hope Wheelchair Association- A nonprofit that helps to serve individuals with disabilities

Portlight- Organization that assists people with disabilities who have immediate medical needs

SHAPE Community Center- Organization in Houston that aims to “improve the quality of life for people of African descent (all people) through programs and activities, with emphasis on unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity and faith.”

South Texas Human Rights Center- An organization that advocates for immigrant families living in south Texas, specifically those who live along the Texas-Mexico border.

Texas Diaper Bank- Provides emergency diaper kits for babies, seniors and individuals with disabilities

The Way Home- Organization working to end homelessness in the Houston metropolitan area.

Volunteer Houston- website that connects you with nonprofit organizations seeking volunteers to help with relief efforts

For those of you who are looking for local south Louisiana efforts:

St. Bernard Project- A national nonprofit created after Hurricane Katrina to ensure that victims of disasters recover quickly and efficiently

The Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans is organizing efforts to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey

NOLA Pay It Forward Fund - This fund was started for New Orleanians to help with recovery efforts for Hurricane Sandy and last year's floods in Baton Rouge.

South Asia

UNICEF- The United Nations Children's Fund has an emergency relief fund designed to help children impacted by disasters such as the flooding in Mumbai.

OXFAM- OXFAM is an international organization that works with over 20 NGOs worldwide to alleviate poverty.

Save The Children- Save The Children has a relief fund dedicated to helping the victims impacted by flooding in south Asia.

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