When I was a child, I remember hearing that a girl named Patty Hearst had been kidnapped. I couldn’t figure out why everyone didn’t stop what they were doing to look for her. It seemed to me if we all did that, she would be found. It was a naive thought, but I still think about that when bad things happen. How quickly could we resolve so many problems if we all pitched in a little?
And it’s been a tough few weeks in the U.S. Sometimes it’s hard to know the best way to help, especially when it comes to sending money since there are so many options and we want to choose well.
In the aftermath of Charlottesville, I chose to give to the Charlottesville chapter of Black Lives Matter. Now in the wake of Harvey, I was going to go straight to the Red Cross, when my husband pointed me toward this article: https://www.propublica.org/article/the-red-cross-secret-disaster?utm_campaign=sprout&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter&utm_content=1504120326
Pretty upsetting, although I imagine any large organization has issues.
This morning I chose to make a donation to the Houston Food Bank because it feels more immediate and vetted.
There is a also a website called Charity Navigator which can help you do some research and make an informed decision.
Here are a few other sources that seem to be solid, though please do your own research as I am no expert.
There will be so much more work to be done in the coming months and even years. Rebuilding is not going to happen quickly or cheaply. . I am going to keep my eyes open for continued ways to help. Perhaps Habitat For Humanity would be a good place to start.
Please feel free to leave a comment with any recommendations you may have.
And here are a few positive things happening in the wake: