So far, estimates are saying that hurricanes Harvey and Irma caused destruction of $290 billion combined.
Harvey devastated the Gulf region at the end of August, while Irma tore through the Caribbean and slammed Florida just over two weeks later.
All afflicted areas are still reeling from the aftermath: Tens of thousands remain in shelters in Texas, whole islands in the Caribbean have lost nearly all their infrastructure and large parts of Florida remain without electricity.
None of this even takes into account the loss of life, the harrowing situations people have been put in and the total destruction of everything people know.
There are lots of different ways to help, and much is still needed. Here are five hurricane relief efforts being undertaken by those in the surf/outdoors space that you can get involved with.
Please join us in donating items for our #Houston Essentials Drive! From Sunday, September 10th to Thursday, September 14th we'll be collecting the following items in our #JettyFlagshipStore: Non-perishable food items – Toiletries – Tools – Baby Items (Diapers & Toys). Our retail contacts, Joe Mangino (@whoish2joe) tireless efforts (S.T.A.R.T), and other intel have put us on a good timeline to collect these donations and ship them down to #Texas. We appreciate your support, please check the flyer below for our store hours as we have a specified window to take in the goods, pack them, and get them to those in need! *We'll be donating plenty of gear, so please do not bring any clothing items.* . . #DrawYourOwnLine #TheJettyLife #EastCoast #EASTablished #AdventureLiving #HurricaneHarvey
Jetty is a clothing company from the Long Beach Island area in New Jersey. They were instrumental in relief efforts after Hurricane Sandy. During that time they worked hand-in-hand with Waves For Water and eventually established their own non-profit entity, The Jetty Rock Foundation.
Also one of only four outdoors/surf companies designated a Certified B Corporation, this group of caring individuals are a strength for the community.
To help current hurricane relief efforts they are holding an essentials drive until September 14, asking for donations of non-perishables, toiletries, tools and baby items.
The devastation from Irma is utterly massive in scale and there are needs everywhere. It's easy to get overwhelmed by the scale of it all, but from our experience it is best to pick one or two ways to help (in our case that is access to clean water), then target certain areas of need, while letting other groups do the same. So, in an effort to streamline, we will target our focus on certain specific underserved local communities, that are so often overlooked. We have incredible local points of contact through the entire region that have already identified where to start first. We will not list the exact implementation locations online, as it is a safety issue, but once we've implemented to them we we will share that info, accordingly. If you have the means to support this initiative, please donate through the link in our bio. If not, help W4W spread the word | #wavesforwater #w4whurricaneirma
Jon Rose and the good humans at Waves For Water are the go-to team when it comes to hurricane disaster relief in the surf world. Back in 2012 they helped organize efforts in New Jersey and New York for Hurricane Sandy and since then have been among the first to respond to hurricanes.
Rose says of their Hurricane Irma Relief Initiative that seeks donations and volunteers: “We are launching a full scale relief initiative for the Caribbean Islands that were ravaged by Irma. We have personal friends who lost everything and thousands more that are in dire need of help. Clean water is at the very peak of what’s needed most and our program speaks directly to that need.”
Steve Van Doren himself from Vans is on the ground in Texas with the Vans RV giving away shoes, shirts, socks and other essentials to those who need them. This was in addition to VF Corp (the Vans mother company) donating $50,000 to the American Red Cross.
Van Doren said of his efforts, “Family is everything. We have employees down in Texas who lost their homes to the floods in addition to the thousands of people who were affected. If I can make our employees and anyone I meet down there feel like they are part of the Vans family, then I will have done right by my family.”
Doing good is made better when it's done together. We teamed up with some friends in the industry to offer our hand in the Hurricane Harvey relief effort. Now, until the end of September, each brand involved will be donating $2 from every sale to The Greater Houston Community Foundation. Give the link in our bio a look to learn more about the initiative and those involved. #hurricaneharvey
Men’s outdoor clothing brand Taylor Stitch joined efforts with other companies to form Together For Texas to benefit those affected by Hurricane Harvey in the greater Houston area.
Taylor Stitch, along with every other brand involved, will donate $2 of every single sale until the end of September to The Greater Houston Community Foundation set up by Houston’s mayor.
— Airbnb Help (@AirbnbHelp) September 9, 2017
The travel site Airbnb has been utilizing their widespread network of housing options to find hosts and locations for evacuees and relief helpers of Hurricane Irma
Encompassing most of Florida, Alabama, Georgia, South Carolina and North Carolina, you can sign up to be a host yourself or can find free housing if you want to go down and volunteer in relief efforts.
Know of other hurricane relief efforts we should highlight? Let us and others know below in the comments.
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