United Way has created the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund to support local communities in Texas, Louisiana and the surrounding areas affected by Hurricane Harvey. United Way has also created the United Way Irma Recovery Fund to support local communities in the Southeast United States and Caribbean affected by Hurricane Irma.
As part of our mission to build stronger communities, and to fight for every person in every community, United Ways in the affected areas will continue to raise money locally and respond to emerging needs as appropriate for their community. United Way’s Harvey and Irma Recovery funds will complement those efforts, help smaller United Ways who may not have the capacity to create their own fund and provide a single clearinghouse for individual and corporate donors who want to impact affected areas.
Want to support all those effected by the recent hurricanes?
United Way has created the United Way Hurricane Recovery Fund that will help local United Ways meet storm-related needs and support mid- and long-term recovery throughout the affected regions. With your support, we can help rebuild communities.
- 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Harvey Recovery Fund will be distributed to local United Ways in the affected areas.
- 100% of individual donations given to the United Way Irma Recovery Fund will be distributed to United Ways in the affected areas of the Southeast United States, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and trusted partners in other affected areas of the Caribbean.
- United Way’s focus will be on mid- and long-term recovery.
It is part of United Way’s ongoing work to support community rebuilding, a role we play after first responders’ work is done. As a proud to partner with the American Red Cross, Salvation Army and many others who are helping with immediate relief and evacuations, United Way is laying the ground work for the region’s long-term recovery, which is expected to take several years.
How will the money be distributed?
We will be working with United Ways in the affected areas to determine an equitable distribution plan. Bank of America and American Express, longtime partners of United Way, have generously offered to waive credit card processing fees ensuring that the maximum amount of individual donations will go toward recovery efforts on the ground.
United Way Worldwide will report the total amount of money raised by the national fund and United Ways in the affected areas. Distributions will also be tracked on its website.
United Way Worldwide meets the Better Business Bureau’s 20 Standards for Charity Accountability spanning Governance, Measuring Effectiveness, Finances and Fundraising. The Better Business Bureau’s Wise Giving Alliance helps donors make informed giving decisions and promotes high standards of conduct among organizations that solicit contributions from the public. Evaluations are done without charge to the charity and are posted for free public access on www.give.org.
If you would like to learn more, please visit www.unitedway.org