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Opportunities to help hurricane victims

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CATHARINA GARRETT 
@imacat_moo 

Many lives were changed forever when Hurricane Harvey made landfall on the Gulf Coast.

People are struggling, but it doesn’t have to be that way. By volunteering, the communities affected by Harvey’s wrath can find hope. Here are a few ways you can help with the aftermath:

1. Dress for Success in Corpus Christi 

This organization is accepting donations of men’s, women’s and children’s shoes, clothing and accessories in all sizes. Drop off a donation anytime from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 1620 South Brownlee Blvd. or volunteer to help with their efforts. For more information call 361-232-5226.

2. Habitat For Humanity (HFH)

The non-profit organization that builds homes for people in need, is always accepting new volunteers. They have locations representing and serving San Patricio County and Aransas County and have recently launched a campaign to help the victims of Hurricane Harvey rebuild. Donations are also accepted through their website. To learn more and register, visit www.habitat.org.

3. Team Rubicon 

This group works with military veterans and first responders to quickly and efficiently deploy emergency response teams to areas in need. They are accepting volunteers through their website to help with spreading word about their emergency relief efforts. They also accept donations through their website. To learn more and register, visit www.teamrubiconusa.org

4. The National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD)

The NVOAD program aims to help victims of disaster in any way possible. Whether they are providing supplies to the community or rebuilding homes, this volunteer-based organization gives a helping hand during hardships caused by disaster. To learn more and register, visit www.nvoad.org.

5. The American Red Cross 

The famous organization needs volunteers to help in shelters, cleanup efforts and supply distribution. You must apply to become a volunteer under the organization. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age, offer a minimum 10-day commitment, work 10 hours a day, and be able to authorize a background check upon completion of the volunteer application. To learn more or apply, visit www.redcross.org.

6. Convoy of Hope 

Another group helping the relief effort is this non-profit organization that aims to help areas stricken by disaster. Through feeding initiatives, disaster response and community outreach, Convoy of Hope is accepting donations and volunteers of at least 13 years of age. They are currently offering disaster relief for Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. To learn more and register, visit www.convoyofhope.org.

There are many opportunities to help those who need it most. One person can make a world of difference in the wake of disaster. The recovery process begins by getting started.

Getting involved can mean volunteering, making donations or any number of other things. The important part is the desire to help.

Every little bit helps and together, as a community, we can take the necessary steps to help those affected by these recent disasters. Together, we can make a difference and rebuild for a better tomorrow.

More information on volunteering and getting involved can be found through the organizations listed or via local resources.

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