Hurricane Harvey Response Efforts

The southeast Texas coast experienced a disaster this past Friday when Hurricane Harvey, the first major hurricane to make landfall in the United States in more than a decade, made landfall as a Category 4 storm, destroying homes, overturning vehicles and sinking boats, severing power lines, and forcing tens of thousands of residents to flee.

We know that North Texans have huge hearts and will come together to support our fellow residents.  United Way continues to be in touch with area disaster response teams who are urging people to remember that the response to Hurricane Harvey will be a marathon, not a sprint.

The Mass Care Task Force partners, American Red Cross, Salvation Army, North Texas Food Bank, and Volunteer Now, have asked for the community to focus on the long-term picture.  Immediate and ongoing needs are continuing to be assessed and identified, and we will continue to provide updates on this website as to how the community can best help the relief efforts.


Our local North Texas organizations need to be equipped to help hurricane evacuees heal after the emergency response is over.  The best way to do that is to make a monetary donation, while there are some specific items that are needed at this time, the biggest need is financial.


  • The North Texas Food Bank is in need of the following shelf-stable, nutritious food. Open Monday through Friday 8:30am – 4:40pm and Saturday from 8:30am – 3:30pm. Location: 4500 S. Cockrell Hill Rd, Dallas, TX 75236. Please collect and donate ONLY these needed items: cases of bottled water, canned fruit (in juice), canned vegetables (low-sodium preferred), canned protein (i.e. tuna, salmon, chicken), peanut butter. You can also host a virtual food drive or canned food drive with your company or friends. Find out more HERE.
  • Dallas Public Library is conducting a book drive for Harvey evacuees. Donors are encouraged to drop off new and gently-used books at any Dallas Public Library location. A list of area branch locations and hours can be found HERE.
  • Bryan’s House is setting up two temporary classrooms to serve children ages 1-5 who had to evacuate to Dallas due to Harvey and who are medically fragile and have special education and therapy needs. Donations of supplies for these rooms are needed. Contact for a list of needed items and to arrange drop off. Location: 3610 Pipestone Rd, Dallas, TX 75212.
  • Catholic Charities Dallas is organizing Food Drives. Please contact Edwin Chinchilla at or 972-246-6027
  • Grace Bridge


  • Dallas Independent School District: The district is now working to secure uniforms, backpacks, and school supplies for the students. If you are interested in making a donation or serving as a volunteer, please contact Usamah Rodgers, Assistant Superintendent of Strategic Initiatives and External Relations, at 972-925-5477 or email
  • Organized by Dallas ISD School Board Member, Miguel Solis: Location: Donation Drop Off – 2017 Young St., Suite 101, Dallas, TX 75201. Open from 8:30am to 4:30pm Mon – Fri. Click here for a supply list.


  • North Texas donors can text DONATE4LIFE to 444-999 and a Carter BloodCare employee can tell you times and places to donate. You can also call 1-877-571-1000 for a CarterBlood Center near you.


  • Hundreds of animals are being displaced because of Hurricane Harvey and are heading to North Texas. SPCA of Texas is asking for donations of cat litter, litter boxes, towels, blankets, treats, toys and newspaper. Financial donations are also accepted at Locations: 2400 Lone Star Drive, Dallas, TX 75212 and 8411 Stacy Road, McKinney, TX 75070


  • Volunteer and donation needs for the mega-shelter at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center will be updated as needed per the Red Cross and Salvation Army. They WILL need volunteers to be registered with and ready-to-go when agencies need volunteer relief. This situation will continue to develop over the next few days, weeks and potentially months. Please create an account, complete the background check and you will be notified when new volunteer opportunities arise. Thank you for your compassion for our Houston neighbors.
  • Project Unity
  • Red Cross
  • Grace Bridge
  • OneStar Foundation
  • Catholic Charities Dallas’ Disaster Recovery team will be working to deploy volunteers. To serve as a volunteer, please or contact Stephanie Myers at or 469.801.8134.
  • Trusted World – Due to the overwhelming support we’ve received, we will be shortening volunteer hours. Volunteer hours will be 9 am to 7 pm starting Saturday (9/9).


  • Anyone traveling to DFW from the Southern Texas Coast needing information on shelters, please call 211.
  • Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas: Mega Shelter. The City of Dallas received a formal request from the State of Texas to temporarily house Gulf Coast residents in a “mega shelter” at the Convention Center. The Convention Centers realizes many of you want to join in the effort of helping our displaced friends; however, they are not allowing any visitors to the Convention Center at this time. Thank you for your cooperation.  To volunteer call 211 or register online.



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