(Updated) City Responds to Recent Natural Disasters and Encourages Donations to Relief Efforts
Update - Tuesday, October 16, 2017
This release has been updated to include organizations providing California wildfire relief.
The City of West Hollywood is encouraging community members to take part in donating to organizations that are organizing aid and recovery efforts following natural disasters during the past several weeks, including hurricanes, flooding, earthquakes, and fires. The City of West Hollywood is activating its West Hollywood Responds program to help facilitate contributions from local residents, businesses, and others to relief efforts for disaster victims. The City has assembled a list of organizations on its website at www.weho.org/responds.
“In just the past few weeks, we’ve witnessed the devastating effects of massive storms and terrible flooding in Texas, Florida, Puerto Rico, and throughout islands in the Caribbean,” said West Hollywood Mayor John Heilman. “Earthquake relief is underway in Mexico as wildfires rage across the American West. I encourage people in West Hollywood to donate what they can to help relief organizations provide urgently needed assistance.”
“West Hollywood is a deeply compassionate community and we must reach out and do what we can to help people whose lives have been turned upside down by recent natural disasters,” said Councilmember Lauren Meister. “I hope that ‘West Hollywood Responds’ encourages people in our community to contribute to the enormous efforts that organizations are embarking upon to help people recover and rebuild.”
West Hollywood’s Core Values include Responsiveness to the Public and Public Safety. The City of West Hollywood has a deeply held commitment to actively seeking public participation and to protect the personal safety of the City’s constituents and safeguard the community from the threats of natural, technological, and other hazards. As such, the City is mindful about the role that local governments and organizations play as they seek to assist communities affected by recent natural disasters.
In 2005, the City Council of the City of West Hollywood first established West Hollywood Responds as a local disaster relief program developed to provide assistance to the Gulf Coast region following Hurricane Katrina. Now, it is being reactivated. The City has assembled a variety of links to donation information on its website at www.weho.org/responds in an effort to connect community members to trusted organizations.
These organizations include:
- American Red Cross: www.redcross.org
or text HARVEY or IRMA to 90999 to donate $10
- Operation USA: www.opusa.org
- The One America Appeal: www.oneamericaappeal.org
Hurricane Relief (Texas)
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund: www.ghcf.org/hurricane-relief
- United Way of Greater Houston Flood Relief Fund: www.unitedwayhouston.org/flood
or text UWFLOOD to 41444
- The Montrose Center in Houston has established the LGBTQ Disaster Relief Fund: www.montrosecenter.org
- Houston Food Bank: www.houstonfoodbank.org
- Food Bank of Corpus Christi: www.foodbankcc.com
Hurricane Relief (Florida)
- United Way of Florida Hurricane Irma Relief Fund: www.uwof.org
- GlobalGiving Hurricane Irma Relief Fund: www.globalgiving.org/projects/hurricane-irma-relief-fund
or text MARIA to 80100 to donate $10 to the Maria & Irma Relief Fund
- Feeding Florida Food Bank Network: www.feedingflorida.org/donate
Hurricane Relief (Puerto Rico)
- Oxfam: https://secure2.oxfamamerica.org/page/content/puerto_rico_hurricane_maria
- United for Puerto Rico: http://unidosporpuertorico.com/en/
- Mercy Corps: https://www.mercycorps.org/donate/urgent-send-relief-devastated-puerto-rico
Hurricane Relief (U.S. Virgin Islands)
- All Hands Volunteers: https://hands.org/projects/usvi-hurricane-response
Assistance for Animals Impacted by the Hurricanes
- The Humane Society of the United States: www.humanesociety.org
- ASPCA: http://secure.aspca.org/donate/2017-web-irm-res-fir-T1-P1
- South Florida Wildlife Center: www.southfloridawildlifecenter.org/how_you_can_help
California Fire Relief
Redwood Credit Union: https://www.redwoodcu.org/northbayfirerelief
Salvation Army Northern California Wildfires Relief: http://bit.ly/2ggh6fp
United Way Bay Area: https://uwba.org/donate
Or text WILDFIRE to 40403
Redwood Empire Food Bank: http://bit.ly/2ycallF
Assistance for Animals Impacted by the Fires
Community members may also visit Charity Navigator, which objectively reviews charities and has provided a list of organizations responding to the disasters. For more information, please visit www.charitynavigator.org.
For more information about the City of West Hollywood’s West Hollywood Responds efforts, please call Lisa Marie Belsanti, the City of West Hollywood’s Director of Communications, at (323) 848-6378. For people who are deaf or hearing impaired, please call TTY (323) 848-6496.