#HoustonStrong

Sharing resources and ongoing recovery efforts during our city’s time of need.

Photo Credit: New York Times, “Harvey in Pictures”

Houston is our home.

Houston is where NextSeed started, where we’re headquartered, and where so many businesses and people first came together to invest in one another and bring this idea to life. Houston inspired us.

As you have seen in person or in the news, Hurricane Harvey has brought unimaginable devastation to many parts of Texas over the past few days, including our beloved city.

But, in this time of darkness, it has been that same collaborative, caring, and can-do spirit that has filled us with hope once again. The despair has been met with an incredible human response. Ordinary citizens have stepped up and gone out of their way to help those in need, whether by taking their own boats and high-water vehicles into flooded neighborhoods to rescue trapped families, volunteering and donating whatever resources they can to shelters, or by leveraging their personal networks and social media to make sure critical information is shared effectively across our communities in need.

Without a doubt, there will be many months and years ahead of rebuilding lives and livelihoods in Houston and its surrounding areas.  We at NextSeed will be digging in as well, and we’ll be actively seeking effective ways to support our small business community any way we can.  At this early juncture, however, cash support is most critical to address short-term necessities for those affected, as well as those delivering assistance.

How you can help RIGHT NOW.

We have prepared the following list of organizations that are helping those affected by Harvey.  This is not a comprehensive list, but these are resources that we have come across over the past few days that may be useful.  Donations to non-profits are tax deductible; others are not, but you might prefer to provide support to be distributed for specific purposes or by certain groups you trust.

Thank you all for your time and generosity in this period of pain and suffering.  We are all proud, grateful and honored to be Houstonians, and our team is motivated more than ever before to work with each of you in becoming part of the solution to rebuild Houston – a city whose spirit cannot be shaken.  #HoustonStrong.

-The NextSeed Team

Resources

Our NextSeed team has collected some useful resources over the past few days to share with our community.

Donate to Relief Efforts

There are non-profits focused on helping Hurricane Harvey victims get the needed support, food, shelter and additional necessities to get through this difficult time. We have compiled a list of local foundations that are focused on rebuilding the Greater Houston Area.

  • Mayor Turner’s Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund:  A fund housed at The Greater Houston Community Foundation that will accept tax deductible flood relief donations for victims that have been affected by the recent floods.
  • Houston Food Bank: Local Houston organization raising funds to provide meals and necessities for those displaced by Harvey.
  • JJ Watt Houston Flood Relief Fund: A fund created by Houston Texans football player JJ Watt to help in relief efforts across Houston.
  • Houston SPCA: Donate and help displaced animals find foster homes. Animal Rescue Disaster Hotline at 713-861-3010
  • United Way of Greater Houston: Local Houston organization raising funds for recovery efforts.
  • The Salvation Army: Donate online or text STORM to 51555.
  • Hurricane Harvey GoFundMe Campaigns: Provide support to people in need of financial assistance.
  • GlobalGiving: All donations to this fund will support relief and recovery efforts in affected regions. The fund will help first responders meet survivors’ immediate needs, including the provision of shelter, medical care, food, and clean water. Once initial relief work is complete, this fund will transition to support longer-term recovery efforts run by vetted local organizations.
  • Donate Items to Shelters in Need: Crowdsourced map of open shelters in need of specific items.
  • The Montrose Center: Funds help individuals and families begin to rebuild their lives through counseling, case management, direct assistance with shelf stable food, furniture, housing and more.
  • OCA – Greater Houston Community Relief Fund:  Working in conjunction with the Harvey Community Relief Fund (founded by other trusted organizations in Houston) to pool resources and coordinate their distribution.

Small Businesses Helping Houston

  • Citizen Pilates: Founder and Owner, Jessica Hughes is collecting bedding, toiletries, feminine products and pet supplies from 10am – 1pm on Wednesday, 8/30. Please drop off supplies at the studio off 940 Heights Blvd.
  • King’s Bierhaus: Phil Sitter, owner of King’s Bierhaus and King’s Biergarten will be hosting a fundraiser on Labor Day, September 4th from 11am to 10pm with 100% of proceeds going to restaurant industry employees that have lost their homes and possessions. Restaurants or individuals interested in taking part can contact him at phil@kingsbierhaus.com
  • Peli Peli Kitchen & Peli Peli Katy: The Peli Peli team is opening its doors to all area first-responders that need a meal. Please visit either location.
  • The Native:  The Native is offering 50% off beds to all those that have evacuated or on their way over to help in relief efforts. Reach them at 512-551-9947.
  • The Dumpling Bros Food Truck: TDB is collecting donations in North Texas and will be driving down to Houston to feed first-responders this weekend.
  • Marine Foods Express: MFE is partnering with Riel Restaurant to open up its doors for lunch to all First Responders beginning at 11 am for free and will continue indefinitely for the upcoming days. Donate to their relief fund in providing food to everyone helping and hurting.

Resources for Those Affected

Know of other resources/information? Please share them with us at support@nextseed.com