Hurricane Harvey has taken a catastrophic toll on the city of Houston while leaving many still stranded and in need of assistance. Connect Community is raising funds that will go directly to residents in the Sharpstown/Gulfton community. As a result of the storm, many people will be out of work and Connect Community is working to provide support during this economically difficult time. We hope you will join us from communities across the country to help rebuild this neighborhood by making a donation to the Connect Community Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund so that we can provide food, clothing, blankets, pillows, diapers, cleaning supplies, and other home essentials directly to families who have been impacted. We will also be doing all we can to ensure residents can salvage as much of their homes and belongings as possible and can stay in their homes beyond these difficult days most immediately. Any donation that you can spare, no matter how large or small, is greatly appreciated.
Update 9.15.2017: To date we have raised $100,417 in monetary donations through online and Houston community contributions. We are overwhelmed by this outpouring of support and are deeply grateful. With these resources we have been able to provide meaningful and immediate assistance directly to over 60 families. Please know that there is much more outreach in progress, as we receive referrals daily from neighborhood schools. Although Harvey relief work has required a significant shift in our staff and organizational resources, we realize that Connect is more critical than ever and we will continue to build upon actions born out of this disaster, such as creating rapid two-way communication capability between families, schools, and other nonprofits. We believe that connections like these are the keystone to building community resiliency in the long-term. For this reason, any dollars raised after September 18th 2017 will go towards our general operating budget to support, ultimately, our most important work of strengthening the community post Harvey to ensure this densely-populated, newcomer neighborhood can bounce back quickly from extreme events now and in the years to come. Thank you for your kindness, for your dedication to the Sharpstown/Gulfton community of Houston and for believing in our collective work.