Impact of Hurricane Harvey on YMCA’s
Dear Y Family:
Hurricane Harvey continues to churn across Southeast Texas, leaving devastating flooding and damage in its wake. The full extent of the damage to YMCAs is unknown at this point, because heavy rain is falling unabated and accessing Y facilities and sites is very difficult in some areas.
YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) has been able to reach the leaders of four YMCAs in the region thus far: YMCA of the Coastal Bend in Corpus Christi, YMCA of the Golden Crescent in Victoria and Port Lavaca, YMCA of Greater Houston and YMCA of Southeast Texas in Port Arthur. Here is what they reported:
Coastal Bend – Wind and rain damaged its facility, which is closed due to a power outage.
Golden Crescent – Wind and rain damaged its two facilities, which are closed due to a power outage.
Greater Houston – Three facilities are flooded significantly and at least two more are at risk. Staff have not been able to access six facilities to assess the damage to them. All of Houston’s facilities are closed.
Southeast Texas – Facilities have not sustained major damage but are closed due to significant flooding in the area.
HOW TO HELP
We know YMCAs across the country are wondering how best to help our colleagues in Southeast Texas. What we’ve heard from Ys in the region is that they’re still assessing needs and are not able to accept donated goods, so the best way to help right now is through monetary donations.
The Houston Y already is set up to receive monetary donations; go to its website or text HOUSTON to 91999. Y-USA is working to develop an online donation portal for other affected Ys in the region. We hope to have it up and running in the next day or two and will notify you once it is live.
Additionally, the YMCA Retirement Fund is accepting monetary donations specifically to support YMCA staff who have been affected personally by Hurricane Harvey. Make checks out to the YMCA Retirement Fund, designated to the Hurricane Harvey YMCA Staff Fund, and mail them to:
YMCA Retirement Fund
Attn: Hurricane Harvey YMCA Staff Fund
New York, NY 10271-1999
Y-USA will be in contact with Y leaders in Southeast Texas as often as conditions allow, and we promise to keep you updated.
Executive V.P./Chief Operations Officer
YMCA of the USA