Last week, Hurricane Harvey made landfall, bringing unprecedented devastation to the city of Houston and the plains of southeast Texas. The Cooperative Institute for Meteorological Satellite Studies estimates that Harvey could be the worst flood event to hit the continental United States in the last 1,000 years. The storm left more than 60 dead and caused up to $190 billion in damage. And because much of the damage was from flooding, many people who lost everything will get little to no help from insurance companies to aid in recovery. At this writing, more hurricanes are on the way.
How can you help? Our Co-op is member-owned, 24,000 strong, with a dedicated social mission and deep ties to cooperatives all over the world, including those affected by natural disasters. In the wake of Harvey’s widespread devastation, many Co-op members and staff have asked how the cooperative community can help its colleagues.
Here’s what you can do:
Visit our friends at the Cooperative Development Foundation. CDF has created a disaster recovery fund to assist area co-ops as they work to resume operations and provide much-needed food and supplies to the flood-ravaged communities they serve.
To contribute to the fund, donate here.
If you prefer to write a check, send your tax-deductible donation to CDF, 1775 Eye St NW, 8th Floor, Washington, DC 20006. Please note that your donation is for Disaster Recovery.
CDF is accepting no administrative fees for the donations. 100 percent of your donation will go to cooperatives in need of assistance. Donations may be tax-deductible and donors of $25 or more will receive a letter of acknowledgment that can be used for tax records.
Thank you for helping our Co-op help its sister cooperatives.