Opportunities to support victims of Hurricane Harvey

As Obsidian’s only full-time telecommuter, Hurricane Harvey has hit a little closer to home for me. I live in Lake Charles, Louisiana, which took the “third hit” of the storm that just won’t go away. My house has been spared, as have my family’s homes here. Some of our neighbors weren’t so lucky. My city is now taking evacuees rescued from less than half an hour down the road, and I’m seeing firsthand the devastation this storm has brought.

My sister and brother-in-law, my husband’s aunt and lots of other friends and family members live in the Houston area. Many of them have been spared, and we’re grateful. So many Texans are in need – including those who took the first hit along the Central Texas coast.
I compiled a list of charities that I know are doing great work. If you’re looking for a place to give financially, you can’t go wrong with one of these. Whether your passion is for pets, feeding the hungry or general relief, there’s an organization for you here. Thank you for your support!
General relief support

Food banks – Many food banks have their supplies wiped out, even as more people need help. Links to affected the food banks are below.

Animal-focused relief organizations – Both of the below organizations are handling animal shelter overflow, rescuing left-behind pets and taking in lost pets from affected areas along the coast and in the Southeast Texas flood zones.