Austin organizations are mobilizing relief efforts for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Here is a roundup of ways you can help:
Concert for a Cause
Harvey Can’t Mess With Texas will take place on Friday, Sept. 22 at the Frank Erwin Center from 7-11 p.m. and broadcast on 11 TEGNA stations and stream internationally on YouTube from 9-10 p.m. CT. The concert will feature performances from Willie Nelson, Paul Simon, James Taylor, Bonnie Raitt, Leon Bridges, Lyle Lovett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Edie Brickell & New Bohemians, Ryan Bingham, Ha*Ash and multiple special guests. The evening will include special appearances by Matthew McConaughey, Dan Rather, Renée Zellweger, Luke Wilson, Steve Adler, Art Acevedo and many more. Charlie Sexton will serve as Music Director, with Asleep at the Wheel sitting in as the house band. Tickets start at $30.
- The Salvation Army is collecting monetary donations to meet survivors’ most immediate needs: $10 feeds a disaster survivor for one day; $30 provides one food box for a family of four or a household cleanup kit; $100 serves snacks and drinks to 125 survivors and emergency personnel; $250 provides a hot meal to 100 people or runs a hydration station for 24 hours; $500 keeps a Salvation Army canteen operational for a day. Donations can be made online at helpsalvationarmy.org, by phone at 1-800-SAL-ARMY, by texting STORM to 51555, or by checks designated “Hurricane Harvey,” which can be mailed to PO BOX 1959, Atlanta, GA 30301.
- The Junior League of Austin (JLA) is working with KW Cares and The Salvation Army to distribute collected items directly to affected areas. JLA will also make monetary donations to League chapters in the impacted areas. Check the link HERE for the most up-to-date list of needed items. Donations may be dropped off at JLA Headquarters, 5416 Parkcrest Dr. Ste. 100, Austin any time during business hours. Donations may also be shipped directly to KWRI/KW Cares Re: JLA Harvey Relief, 1221 S. Mopac, Ste. 400, Austin, TX 78746.
- Through Sept. 30, 2017, Barton Creek Square, The Domain, Lakeline Mall and San Marcos Premium Outlets are collecting diapers (sizes infant through adult), wipes and diaper cream. Diapers are not supplied by disaster relief agencies. Donations will be delivered directly to the Gulf Coast communities in need. Donations can be dropped at Simon Guest Services at Barton Creek Square, The Domain and San Marcos Premium Outlets during regular center hours. At Lakeline Mall, donations can be dropped off at the Mall Management Office Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. – 5 p.m. and Saturday 11 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Dining for a Cause
- Through September 31, 2017, $1 of every Texas Two Step Tiny Pie sold in Tiny Pies stores will be donated to the Houston Food Bank.
- Through Sept. 31, 2017, Lick Honest Ice Creams is donating 100 percent of proceeds (not profits) from their Texas Sheet Cake pints sold at all of their shops to the American Red Cross.
- Through Sept. 31, 2017, all Hopdoddy Burger Bar locations will donate $1 from every Goodnight/Good Cause burger to the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.
- Charles Butt, H-E-B Chairman and CEO, presented a personal $5 million contribution to the J. J. Watt Foundation’s Houston Flood Relief Fund on Sept. 6, 2017. “Throughout this disaster, I have been humbled by the state’s unprecedented generosity and heroism,” says Butt. “I want to commend and support the extraordinary relief efforts of J.J. Watt who has taken the lead, not as a world-class NFL player or celebrity, but as an individual who saw the need to help his fellow Texans and immediately took action.”
- Austin software company Planview joined other central Texas organizations in deploying funds to support efforts by the American Red Cross. An employee match program combined with executive leadership giving brought the overall donation to more than $38,000.