As you know, the Y is about supporting community. And it’s an organization that supports communities large and small. When disaster strikes, Ys are often on the front lines providing services to first responders, opening doors as emergency shelters, and providing volunteers for relief efforts.
We received an email from the CEO of The YMCA of Houston, which is both reeling from and helping the community recover from Hurricane Harvey.
The YMCA of Houston serves an area about the size of New Jersey with a population larger than the population of South Carolina. At least three Houston Y facilities have significant flood damage. Six facilities haven’t been assessed yet because they are not yet accessible.
In spite of the flooding, the YMCA of Houston is working to be a resource to the community. They are working with the National Guard so that Ys can house at least some of the 30,000 guardsmen and –women who are deployed to the area.
They are opening its resident camp as a shelter for Y staff and families who have been displaced by the storm and flooding. But as you can imagine, the needs are enormous at this point.
As a YMCA, we are supporting the YMCA of Houston in word and deed. We ask that you prayerfully consider making a donation to the YMCA of Houston to support their relief efforts and their staff and volunteers affected by the storm.
Donations can be made directly at the YMCA of Houston website here or text HOUSTON to 91999.