Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

Ways to Help Hurricane Harvey Victims 

We have been following the developments of Hurricane Harvey, and in constant contact with communities in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other affected areas to find ways we can help. 

To assist in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort, we’ve provided a list of partner organizations and other outlets through which you can give back and support those in need. Let us come together to help our fellow Texans and communities recover from this devastation.  We are keeping those impacted by the storms in our thoughts and prayers.

  • Volunteer with All Hands

    All disaster volunteers involved with the Houston Jewish community are now being managed by All Hands, a group that addresses the immediate and long-term needs of communities impacted by natural disasters. Jewish Family Service of Houston and the Jewish Federation of Greater Houston are coordinating with All Hands to match volunteers to specific identified needs. Sign up at www.hands.org or call 281-380-1892. Group opportunities are available via the online sign up form. For questions, please contact gil.levy@shalomaustin.org.

  • Shalom Austin Donation Collection

    Thanks to your donations, we delivered two trucks loaded with critical supplies to the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston on September 1 and 3. The JCC in Houston served as the hub for distribution to those in need in the immediate aftermath of the storm, and all of our donated items were quickly distributed to Houstonians to aid their efforts to clean their homes and salvage their belongings.

  • Jewish Federations of North America Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

    Our partner, the Jewish Federations of North America, has opened an emergency relief fund to support communities and individuals affected by Hurricane Harvey. Every dollar raised will be put to good use in helping and saving lives. It’s easy to make a contribution, simply JFNA Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund.

  • Host a family or individuals in your home who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey

    The Jewish Federation of San Antonio is working with the Jewish Federation of Houston and Federations around the state to determine how best to assist in the relief effort for those affected by Hurricane Harvey.  As part of that effort, we want to take a community inventory of what housing and office space is available in nearby cities once people are able to leave Houston and other areas.  If you are able to house individuals or families or can offer office space, please fill out this survey.  Since this situation is still unfolding, please keep in mind that it may be days or even weeks before you are contacted.

  • NECHAMA: Jewish Response to Disaster 

    Volunteers are needed to help with Hurrican Harvey disaster relief. To volunteer, sign up on their website

  • Greene Family Camp

    For families that evacuated Houston before the "shelter-in-place" order and the many families from other affected areas who can currently travel, Greene Family Camp is now open.  For Houston families who can't safely travel tomorrow, you have a place to go as soon as you can travel.

    Since GFC has limited space, please contact them by filling out this Wufoo Form or calling GFC at 254-859-5411. Please do not come to camp without contacting GFC in advance and confirming space.   Please see these FAQ for much more information.

  • Camp Young Judea

    Camp Young Judaea in Wimberley is open starting tomorrow, Tuesday, 29 to provide shelter, food, water and comfort for those displaced by the storm. Please call (512) 847-9564 for more information.

  • Other Donations

    The Austin Disaster Relief Network’s Thrift Store is accepting donations for specific supplies. For a list of items they will accept, location and drop-off times, please visit their website:  https://adrn.org/disaster-relief/hurricaneharvey/

    As other specific needs are reported, we will provide information about how and where to donate.