The Greater Houston area’s human services safety net was stretched before Harvey hit and we cannot make choices between the needs of hurricane victims and the everyday needs of children, families, and seniors. We must serve both.
To do so, we need a strong Community Campaign. We need you.
The outpouring of support we’ve seen after Harvey has been incredible. In addition to our own, we’ve seen amazing fundraising efforts in our own community and beyond. We’ve been so fortunate to have received truly generous gifts from so many organizations and individuals. Those gifts will allow us to help many families on the road to recovery. They will allow us to provide our community with critical resources we would not otherwise be able to provide. But they won’t keep the services our community counts on us for going.
We know long-term recovery from Hurricane Harvey is going to require tremendous resources, but the ongoing and now growing needs in our community do as well.
And while we are focused on the devastation caused by Hurricane Harvey, the needs that already existed in our community remain and, in many cases, are exacerbated.
The homebound senior who was able to remain independent because of the meal delivered daily by a volunteer still needs that help.
The hardworking parent for whom gaining some skills and job-training could mean they are able to support their family still needs that help.
The kids who are struggling to read so they can move on to the next grade still need that help.
The veterans who have returned home from service only to find themselves without homes or jobs still need our help.
The 2 million people who count on us each year still need our help – maybe now more than ever.
Our 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE, our work to help children and youth succeed in school and in life, to help families achieve financial stability and prosperity, to help seniors remain independent, and to help those facing crises rebuild their lives after natural disasters and everyday disasters, has never been more important. Now, more than ever, we need you to support that work.
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