How to Help (and How Other Schools are Helping)
This list of school districts and education-related organizations aiding in the effort will continue to grow as needed. (Please send additions to this list to Amy Francisco at email@example.com.) We are also monitoring Twitter and attempting to retweet any requests by districts for assistance as well as opportunities to help affected Texas schools. If you want to ensure we see your tweet, please tag @tasanet.
Many schools, districts, and groups have been collecting donations for those affected. These are the efforts that we know to be ongoing:
AASA is collecting funds to distribute to districts most in-need for repairs, supplies, and to aid families impacted by the storm. Those wishing to contribute (tax-deductible) funds can send their donations to: AASA c/o Harvey Relief Effort, 1615 Duke Street, Alexandria, Va., 22314. Make checks payable to AASA. AASA is coordinating its national fundraising effort with TASA. Learn more.
The Aldine Education Foundation is accepting monetary donations to help Aldine ISD families affected by Harvey. Learn more.
The Alvin ISD Education Foundation has established a social media fundraiser for those who would like to make donations to help students, families, and teachers affected by the storm. Donate here.
The Aransas County ISD Education Foundation is raising funds online for Harvey relief in Aransas County ISD (Rockport-Fulton) schools. Donate here.
Aransas Pass ISD is raising money through GoFundMe and has created a wish list through Amazon for each elementary grade level for basic items students will need when coming back to school. You can sponsor a grade level by purchasing items. They will be shipped directly to APISD through Amazon. This will allow families to focus funds on rebuilding their homes rather then buying school supplies they had already purchased, but were ruined in the storm. The list will be updated throughout next week as grade level teachers update us on specific items so check back often: Faulk Pre-K; Faulk Kindergarten; Faulk 1st Grade; Kieberger 2nd Grade; Kieberger 3rd Grade; Marshall 4th Grade; Marshall 5th Grade
Austin Ed Fund’s Harvey Relief Fund donations will provide school supplies and support for evacuees enrolling in Austin ISD campuses. Donate here.
Bay City ISD Chief Communications Officer Allison Sliva has set up a YouCaring donation page benefitting Bay City ISD students affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
Blue Ridge ISD is accepting financial donations to benefit Columbus ISD at all Blue Ridge ISD campuses, the administration building, and at the Independent Bank in Farmersville. Learn more.
The Education Foundation of Calhoun County is raising funds online for Hurricane Harvey relief for Calhoun County ISD schools, which serve students from Port Lavaca as well as neighboring towns including Seadrift, Port O'Connor, Point Comfort and more. Learn more.
Communities in Schools Houston has established a disaster relief fund to directly help students and families. All donations will go directly to the students and families in needs at our our 128 schools in five independent school districts including Aldine, Alief, Fort Bend, Houston, and Spring Branch, two charter schools, and four Community College campuses. Learn more.
Coppell High School’s Nicole Jund has issued a Twitter challenge to other schools to donate $1 per student to help the Gulf Coast region. See her tweet.
The Dickinson Education Foundation is collecting donations for the Dickinson ISD community. Send donations here: Attention: Education Foundation, 2218 F.M. 517 East, Dickinson, TX 77539. Or, if you would like to donate to the Amazon wish list for the campuses that were affected, please visit this link: http://a.co/21gywjj and purchase anything from there and have it mailed to the address noted above. Please note that mail may be delayed, as Dickinson's post office received flood damage. If you have any questions or concerns, please email or call the Executive Director, Amanda Flannery at 281-229-6088 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
DonorsChoose.org, started by a history teacher to make it easy for people to help classrooms in need, now has a Hurricane Harvey Recovery Fund. Find it here.
The Fort Bend ISD Education Foundation is raising funds for emergency grants to outfit classrooms/campuses in Fort Bend ISD that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
Harlingen CISD is partnering with Habitat for Humanity to collect donations at its campuses and aquatic center that the district will send to those in need. Learn more.
Harmony Public Schools, which serves 12,000 students around Houston, is raising money for Harmony parents and employees affected by Hurricane Harvey via a GoFundMe account set up by Zekeriya Yuksel, Superintendent of Schools. Donate here.
Houston ISD is accepting donations of new and unused clothing, shoes, underwear, socks, uniforms and school supplies, as well as canned food and water. Donations can be shipped to: HISD Harvey Donations, Delmar Fieldhouse, 2020 Mangum Road, Houston, TX 77092. The HISD Foundation is also accepting donations to help families recover, and 100% of funds raised will go directly to helping HISD students and families. Click here to make a donation, and please specify “Harvey” as the purpose of your donation. Learn more.
The Humble ISD Education Foundation will work with Humble ISD in meeting school-related needs as a result of Hurricane Harvey such as school supplies for students whose homes were flooded and replacing school items damaged in the flooding such as books and technology. Kingwood High School suffered significant damage with several feet of water inside the building. In addition, the Instructional Support Center also had significant flooding. Donate here. If you have specific items that you would like to donate to Humble ISD schools or have questions about relief efforts within Humble ISD, please contact Jerri Monbaron, Humble ISD Director of Community Development and Executive Director for the Foundation at email@example.com or 281-639-7490.
Hurricane Harvey Relief Program for Fine Arts in Texas Schools is hosted on GoArts.Org by: TMEA, TAEA, TETA, TDEA, TBA, TODA, TCDA, TMAC, and ATSSB. It allows donors to find schools that need help with their fine arts programs, and provides a way for educators in affected schools to provide basic information about their program, and complete a list of immediate needs for school-owned items and student needs and/or request moral support through an adopt-a-program format. Learn more.
Midway ISD is collecting funds to be donated to school districts impacted by Hurricane Harvey to use in rebuilding and replacing items lost during the storm. Donate here.
Navarro ISD has adopted Refugio ISD. During Labor Day weekend, a group of Navarro faculty and staff headed to Refugio with a care package for the school district, estimated at about $5,000, according to Navarro ISD Superintendent Dee Carter. “We’re going to see if we can partner up with Refugio to see if we can be as much help to them now and down the road as we can," she said. Learn more.
The NEA Foundation is accepting contributions to support public school educators who are NEA/TSTA members affected by Hurricane Harvey, personally, and at the schools where they work. Funds will be disbursed by TSTA. Donations will help these educators replace belongings and meet the many expenses they will certainly face. Learn more.
North East ISD (San Antonio) campuses are hosting a number of collections to benefit those affected by Harvey. See a list.
Pearland ISD is conducting a gift card drive for students and their families, as well as employees, who have been affected by Harvey. Beginning Tuesday, September 5, you can drop off or mail gift card donations at the Virgil Gant Education Support Center (1928 N. Main, Pearland, TX, 77581). For more information, please contact Communications Coordinator Lexi Marshall at firstname.lastname@example.org. Learn more.
“Principals Helping Principals” is a Google spreadsheet that has been circulating via social media that allows campuses around the country to pair up with storm-affected campuses to provide needed aid. Find that here. (Get the back story on Principals Helping Principals.)
The Region 2 ESC is collecting monetary donations through PayPal to assist regional schools with their recovery efforts in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. Learn more.
The Region 3 ESC's R3 Harvey Supporters initiative is coordinating efforts to obtain resources (monetary and individual district needs. Learn more.
The Region 4 ESC's Support 4 Our Schools initiative is coordinating efforts to gather resources (e.g., monetary donations, supplies, instructional support, etc.), in anticipation of the support Region 4 schools will need to continue to serve its thousands of displaced students and educators. Learn more.
The Region 5 ESC is collecting monetary donations through PayPal to assist schools in the region with hurricane relief. Donate here.
Spring ISD Education Foundation's Harvey Relief Fund collections will be distributed to Spring ISD families and staff affected by the storm. Donate here.
A Spring Branch Education Foundation online fundraiser will provide funds to support families of Spring Branch ISD students and staff who have been adversely impacted by flooding in their homes as a result of Hurricane Harvey. Donate here.
TCEA will be publicizing any Donors Choose projects that are created to replace or repair classroom tools and resources lost during hurricane Harvey. Any such projects that are posted should include the hashtag #TCEA to ensure they are promoted. Those looking to donate should search Donors Choose for projects using #TCEA. TCEA is also matching individuals with classrooms that need assistance with school supplies. Learn more.
Members of the Tennessee Organization of School Superintendents (TOSS) are hosting a school supply drive called Tennessee Volunteers For Texas to provide new school supplies and money for the students in hurricane ravaged areas. Beginning Saturday, September 2, school supply donations may be delivered to the Williamson County Agriculture Center, in care of BE NICE, 4215 Long Lane, Franklin, TN 37064. Monetary donations may be made through the Community Foundation website. Learn more.
Texas AFT is collecting cash donations to provide direct relief to its affected members, who may also apply for assistance via this link.
The Texas Library Association announced that $102,600 from the organization’s Disaster Relief Fund will be awarded to 25 libraries impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Grants range from $2,500 to $15,000 and can be used for technology, facility repair, collections, furnishings, or other needs related to storm damage. Academic, public, school and special libraries were eligible to receive assistance. As of October 31, more than $160,130 has been donated to the TLA Disaster Relief Fund by individuals, organizations and corporations. TLA continues to accept donations which will be used to fund future grants. To help librarians impacted by the storm, you may purchase a TLA Coloring Book ($10 for a set of two). Proceeds from coloring books sales benefit the Disaster Relief Fund.
Texas PTA is raising funds to help districts provide supplies for students and teachers. Through September 30, Lone Star Statewide PTA has dedicated 100 percent of local proceeds to assist with the relief effort. When joining, select "Statewide PTAs" as the school district. Also, 100 percent of all donations made here will be used to provide direct assistance to students and classrooms impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Learn more. National PTA also encourages people to donate to the association’s Disaster Relief Fund, which was established to respond to tragedies that grievously disrupt a school or education system. Donate here.