It’s sad that for the second time within as many weeks, we must dedicate a blog post to helping out storm victims. I wish people could be safe and avoid these disasters.
Nevertheless, here we are and as I type this, Hurricane Irma is bearing down on Florida. It has already left a trail of destruction in the islands behind it and will likely leave more damage in its path in the next few days.
Tim Duncan, who lived through Hurricane Hugo in 1989, is matching donations up to $1 million for anyone who wishes to contribute to relief efforts in the U.S. Virgin Islands. He will also be holding two food drives in San Antonio for anyone who wishes to give non-perishable goods to the relief efforts. Information is in the hyperlink above.
Global Giving has already started an Irma relief fund that has raised over $100,000 thus far. Donations will go to local organizations that are coordinating on the ground efforts. The Direct Impact Fund from GoFundMe will do the same thing.
Further information and more specific causes that need your help can be found on this excellent write up by the New York Times. American University in Antigua is directing money to Barbuda, Oxfam America will help people prepare for Hurricane Jose, which is right behind Irma and the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals will help care for the welfare of our furry friends during these storms.
After this hurricane passes, please consider giving a donation to the MIT Energy Initiative, which is seeking to find low and no-carbon energy solutions that will help solve the issue of climate change.