A group of philanthropic organizations has reformed the Galveston County Recovery Fund to raise and distribute money for Hurricane Harvey relief.
Local organizations include the Moody Foundation, the Mary Moody Northen Endowment, the Permanent Endowment Fund of Moody Methodist Church, the Harris and Eliza Kempner Fund, the Ippolito Family Foundation, the Sealy and Smith Foundation and the Cynthia and George Mitchell Foundation.
With this one recovery fund, people now have a central organization to donate to with all money going toward recovery in Galveston County, said Erica Adams, executive director of the Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance.
“I can tell you that all of these dollars are 100 percent going to recovery and 100 percent staying local in Galveston County,” Adams said. “That’s meaningful and it gives a direct input and output.”
Hurricane Harvey made landfall in Rockport on Aug. 25 and traveled up the coast. It stalled over the Houston area for four days, dropping more than 40 inches of rain in several places.
The recovery fund will give grants to faith organizations, which might have flood insurance but aren’t eligible for government help, recovery fund Chairwoman Betty Massey said.
“One area for example that is sort of out on its own are churches and synagogues,” Massey said. “Post-Ike, we did $350,000 worth of grants to churches. We intend to do that same kind of help this go-round.”
Other grants will be given to things such as long-term housing recovery and mental health services, Massey said.
“You have families who have lost everything, so there’s going to be a whole chunk of needs that are as basic as a couch to sit on and a car to drive,” Massey said. “Those are going to diminish. At least, post-Ike, there for the long haul was the physical reconstruction of housing.”
The United Way will be the financial agent in the organization and won’t retain any administrative costs, said Lindsey White, executive director of the group.
The recovery fund was last active after Hurricane Ike and shut down in 2011, Massey said.