A Response to Hurricane Harvey
The Dallas Jewish Community Foundation does not normally send out requests for funding to our Fundholders. We feel the dire situation in Houston required us to make an exception to this policy. What follows is an email from the Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas. We hope you will consider the request seriously. The staff of the Foundation is standing by to assist you. Grant requests can be made to the JFGD earmarked for the Emergency Relief Fund.
100% OF ALL FUNDS DONATED WILL GO IMMEDIATELY TO HELP THOSE MOST IN NEED.
The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas has opened an emergency relief fund to support communities and individuals in Houston, San Antonio, Galveston, Corpus Christi and other areas that have been hammered by Hurricane Harvey. With record breaking volumes of rain having fallen through the weekend and expected to continue through tomorrow, extensive damage is continuing to mount. Jewish neighborhoods were particularly hit hard by flooding.
Lee Wunsch, CEO of the Houston Federation, reports that the amount of rain and resulting flooding has surpassed that of the massive storm two years ago. Bayous and tributaries are flooding beyond their banks and roads are impassable. People whose homes are flooding are being advised to go up to their roofs so they can be evacuated; emergency workers were evacuating stranded residents through the night.
Additionally, the Houston Federation is coordinating their community recovery efforts with the Houston JCC and Houston's Jewish Family Service.
As the need for materials and volunteer opportunities becomes available, we will keep you updated.
We know that several Jewish communal institutions that flooded two years ago have flooded again, but communities in the affected areas won't be able to start assessing the scope of damage to institutions and members of their communities until the rain stops and roads become passable.
Please provide your support to help our neighbors to the south during this devastating time.