Best ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help
From Nicolas Rossi and Deborah Carney

© Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, CTP, CMC, ACT, MCC, SCAC
adding to the What Kind of World do YOU Want Series

Long time readers know that I rarely reblog, since the WordPress truncated “click to read more” reblog format is frustrating for so many of you.

I am making a rare exception in this case (edited via Press This), sharing an article from Nicholas C. Rossis.

It contains quite a few suggestions about ways in which those of you who are inspired to help Harvey’s disaster relief efforts might best do so.

It was generated by information from Deborah Carney of, who speaks from personal experience.

In 2012 she lost everything in Hurricane Sandy.

Nicholas goes on to say that Deborah’s experience “taught her a lot about how organizations and the government don’t help the way you think they will.”

So, Hurricane Harvey prompted her to compile and share a list of organizations that are dedicated to helping people directly affected.

They are “boots on the ground” and not tying up your donations in administrative costs and funding things that don’t really help.

I AM going to send you over to Nicholas’ blog to read more about what Deborah found most needed and most helpful, along with most of her suggestions of places that will do a lot with your contributions, briefly explaining how they work and how they help.

If you are anything like me, you want the majority of any help you are able to provide to go to directly to the people who are struggling – NOT to the agencies with administrative overhead to support, or to anyone attempting to profit personally under the guise of “helping the victims.”

Before you go, I want to share just a few of her suggestions here, as well as a few links to some other articles below, for anyone interested.

Please feel free to reblog – here or there –
spreading the word is something we can ALL afford to do.

Helpful Organizations

In Deborah’s case, the following organizations showed up and dived in, helping with food, donations directly to people, and with hands to help her clean out her house.

They were there before the Red Cross and did more for people than any government agency did — and without “paperwork” or asking for anything in return:

Read the entire article here:
Hurricane Harvey – How You Can Help | Nicholas C. Rossis

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About Madelyn Griffith-Haynie, MCC, SCAC
Award-winning ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching field co-founder; [life] Coaching pioneer -- Neurodiversity Advocate, Coach, Mentor & Poster Girl -- Multi-Certified -- 25 years working with EFD [Executive Functioning disorders] and struggles in hundreds of people from all walks of life. I developed and delivered the world's first ADD-specific coach training curriculum: multi-year, brain-based, and ICF Certification tracked. In addition to my expertise in ADD/EF Systems Development Coaching, I am known for training and mentoring globally well-informed ADD Coach LEADERS with the vision to innovate, many of the most visible, knowledgeable and successful ADD Coaches in the field today (several of whom now deliver highly visible ADD coach trainings themselves). For almost a decade, I personally sponsored and facilitated seven monthly, virtual and global, no-charge support and information groups The ADD Hours™ - including The ADD Expert Speakers Series, hosting well-known ADD Professionals who were generous with their information and expertise, joining me in my belief that "It takes a village to educate a world." I am committed to being a thorn in the side of ADD-ignorance in service of changing the way neurodiversity is thought about and treated - seeing "a world that works for everyone" in my lifetime. Get in touch when you're ready to have a life that works BECAUSE of who you are, building on strengths to step off that frustrating treadmill "when 'wanting to' just doesn't get it DONE!"

43 Responses to Best ways to help victims of Hurricane Harvey

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  2. dgkaye says:

    I saw Nick’s post, and it seems that Irma hits before the folks in Houston can even begin to recuperate. So many ways to donate by so many is beautiful. Shared of course! 🙂 xx

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  3. Christy B says:

    Hi Madelyn, I shared the post too earlier in the week. And now there’s Hurricane Irma leaving so much damage in its path and poised to land on the tip of Florida within 15 hours! Oh Mother Nature – sending prayers to all xx

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  4. Great post and reminder Madelyn. We have family living down there. On Friday we head down. It seems interesting how while others are leaving we’re going. Oh well we are sure we’ll be of use somewhere.

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    • You are brave and wonderful souls. My prayers for your continued safety. Take a stock of potty-pads in case you are “weathered in” for a day or two and Emma cannot go outside.

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      • LOL. We sure do hate poop patrol but comes with the turf. After all she’s family, lol.

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        • Tink is trained to go indoors if he must (while I am asleep) – but he MUCH prefers to go outside, of course. My own furry family member is a tiny guy with a tinier bladder, so it’s really not a big deal – although he “misses” at times, he is great about using his “indoor potty” in the bathroom (treat-trained & maintained – lol)

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          • We are amazed at Emma. When we’re home and need to go out she knows when she’s not coming. She trots to her cage (4 x 4x 4) and walks in. She’s never messed in it. Sometimes we’ve been gone 6-7 hours. We make a big deal when we come inside and she begins her little snorts and when we let her out we play chase around the house. After 5 minutes of that we go out and she’ll do her tinkle. She is such a great dog this way. In the travel van she’s never messed either. Animals are amazing. You are lucky in that Tink is tiny so you can stow her away in your hand bag and take her with you. Emma’s a 60 pounder so a little hard to hide, lol.

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            • 60 pounds would be a bit of a struggle – lol – but even Tink is now a bit big for a purse. 🙂

              Both his parents were only 9 pounds, but he is a “big” little guy (solid, not fat) – going on 12 pounds, tho’ my vet wants him to get down to stable 11-11.5 over the next year. He eats Taste of the Wild. a “nutrient-dense” kibble, and apparently I’ve been over-feeding for that brand. (More carrots and broccoli, fewer sweet potato treats too.)

              Tink’s protective barking makes it harder for motels, etc. – working on that – but he’s always quiet as a mouse in his carrier so I can take him with me in most stores, the library, etc. Since it looks like a black tote bag with a black mesh “window” and a shoulder strap, only kids down at his level have ever even looked inside and realized there was “A puppy!” in there.

              Emma sounds amazing indeed. Her bladder must be huge – lol. It’s incredible what a dog will do for love and attention, isn’t it? And I know you guys love her to pieces. Family, right?


  5. The current hurricanes in the US are really scary, Madelyn. They are impacting a number of our blogger friends and I am really feeling involved for the first time as a result. Thank you for this post with helpful information.

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  6. Chuck says:

    Hi Madelyn,
    There are disasters all over the world and when people come together, it warms the heart. With everything going on that was making the U.S. more divisive, we managed to put this aside and come to the rescue of those in need. Now we have another one heading right in the area where I live (S.E. Florida). Will the leadership in Washington come together to help the citizens of Texas and Florida with out making it a political battle?

    I feel fortunate that I have a newer home that should withstand the storm. But there are so many in our area that don’t. The mass exit has started here and it is a zoo to attempt getting supplies. Store shelves are empty and as soon as they are restocked, they are emptied again. We have two major highways leading north and both are packed. I have been through numerous storms, even Andrew, but I admit, this one scares me.

    Speaking of one of us, has anyone heard from Elizabeth (Houston Photo Journey) since Harvey hit. If I had her email address, I can’t find it. I pray she survived without too much of a loss.

    Depending on the storm and how much damage we experience, I may not be able to get back on for a while. HUGS to all.

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    • #1 – I don’t follow Elizabeth. ANYBODY ELSE know how she came through Harvey?
      Your description of what’s going on in Florida is distrubing. My prayers for your safety – and don’t worry about getting on line. I’ll be watching to see that you are okay, of course, but I have to say “good riddance” about anybody who’d stop following because you “disappeared” for a while.

      I’m sure you are prepared, but I just added a link to a TIPS for Irma prep that might remind you of one or two things you haven’t considered, like Propane for example, and freezing blocks of ice, etc. Pet needs may have been “underlooked,” (i.e., stocking up on “potty pads” if it isn’t possible to take them outside for a day or two). MEDICATIONS are also key!

      Totally agree that the upside is a clear demonstration that there is still so much goodness in the citizens of our country – despite what it may appear from the media.

      May God hold you both in the palm of His hand.


  7. noelleg44 says:

    Thanks for the list, Madelyn. We may need to use it again, if Irma does what I think it will do to Florida. We are bracing here in NC as well.

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  8. -Eugenia says:

    Excellent post, Madelyn, and the more we bring these catastrophic events to people’s attention, the better chance it will stick with them. Once the media moves on, then the event seems to lose it relevance and we don’t want that to happen. Be prepared to help Florida because Hurricane Irma is on its way. The hurricane is bigger than the entire state of Florida.

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  9. GP Cox says:

    We just might have similar stories here soon from Hurricane Irma.

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  10. I always remember what a blogger friend once said, if something horrible happens, look at the helpers to find courage back… and I hope there are many people who help and who support each other … to see them is a sign of hope…

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  11. Lucy Brazier says:

    A very worthy reblog! Fantastic post by Nicholas, a very astute chap.

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    • Thanks, Lucy. Had to share it.

      My heart goes out to Texas and Louisiana – some are calling it a 1,000 year event. It’s not over yet – they are expecting much more flooding, even with the downgrade. And they still aren’t sure where Irma will hit (especially if she veers toward the Gulf) or how severe she will turn out to be. Florida has already declared a state of emergency in preparation. Worse Hurricane season in 500 years, according to many.

      But nooooo – the TwitWit in charge here assures us that “rumors” of climate change are a hoax.

      I know you’ve moved on and are way busy with new projects, but did we miss our shot at tying him to a kitchen chair a la Tony Blair?

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  12. Great read, Madelyn and just as Hurricane Harvey happened and destroyed everything even in Mumbai, India last Tuesday we had terrific downpour maybe like a cyclone but it was devastating and just like good samaritans we too had such good people. It is so nice to have people helping and coming to aid of people in distress. Thanks for the share.

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