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Dollars for Disaster

2017 Irma Hurricane Response

American Red Cross

For donations directed to Hurricane Irma Response click here:  THANK YOU

2017 Houston Hurricane/Flooding Response 

Give Cash, Not Supplies! 
Most charities prefer monetary donations. These are more flexible and cause less of a strain on the charity, allowing them to help more. By donating funds, the necessary resources needed on the ground can be attained in a timely manner by those who understand what are the greatest needs! Unlike material donations, cash involves no transportation costs, shipping delays, or customs fees. It also enables relief organizations to spend more time providing aid by spending less time managing goods! 

To assist those affected by Hurricane Harvey, we recommend donating to the following organizations. 


United Way Storm Recovery  - Landing page for UW efforts in Houston and the surrounding areas. 
The United Way has also announced a way to text a donation: Text UWFLOOD to 41444 to donate to the United Way Flood Relief Fund. 
*Please note: This page is experiencing a high volume of traffic and may be unavailable. 


The Red Cross said they depend on financial donations to help provide immediate relief. They have already set up a way to donate to victims with a simple text. Text the word HARVEY to 90999 to make a $10 donation. You can also visit or call 1- 800-RED CROSS

Donations to support The Salvation Army's Hurricane Harvey relief efforts can be made at or by calling 1-800-SAL-ARMY.

Check back for more information as the needs arise! 

Other Resources 
If you, or someone you know, have been adversely affected by the recent, unprecedented flooding in Houston please remember that the Carruth Center offers counseling services for all members of the WVU community. Visit their site, or call 304.293.4431. Drop-in counseling is also available for students Monday through Friday from 8:15am-4:45pm. 

2017 Northern WV Flood Relief 

Thank you for your interest in helping fellow West Virginians in need!  Heavy rains caused significant flooding in northern WV counties on July 29, 2017 and WVU will be coordinating efforts in response.  

Supply Collection
WVU will host a donation drive for supplies Monday, July 31st through Wednesday, August 2nd.  

Donations may be dropped off at Stansbury Hall on Beechurst Avenue, directly across from the PRT station, on the left side (Area 11 parking area) during the following times:

Monday 7/31-- 4:00-7:00pm
Tuesday 8/1-- 8:00am-7:00pm
Wednesday 8/2-- 8:00am-7:00pm

A list of supplies needed is as follows (Please, NO clothing or items not listed):
  • N95 respirator masks
  • disinfectant wipes
  • rags
  • water (individual bottles - both regular sized and tiny)
  • dehumidifiers
  • fans
  • brooms
  • squeegees
  • heavy duty rubber gloves
  • heavy duty garbage bags
  • monetary donations

Volunteer Needs

Volunteer efforts are being coordinated by the Center for Service and Learning, including trips to help clean out affected structures and opportunities to help collect supplies.   For more information or to sign-up, click this link

Community Information  

For the latest updates and more information about community organizations accepting monetary donations for those affected by this flood, visit .

Dollars for Disaster is an as-needed basis initiative started by a group of WVU students in 2005 as a response to the Indonesian Tsunami. The initiative has since collected monetary and supply donations for Hurricane Katrina,  the Haitian earthquake, and most recently, the 2016 flooding in  Southern West Virginia . During each campaign, the CSL coordinates the campus-wide initiative and compiles all events and serves as a clearing house for relief efforts.

Donors are encouraged to contribute cash as often times, in-kind donations are more difficult due to the additional labor required for sorting, boxing, palletizing, storage, and delivery to the disaster location. All of these activities can be costly and time consuming, and therefore may delay service delivery. Cash donations allow vetted organizations to purchase products quickly and efficiently, meeting the most urgent needs of disaster victims. When possible, the purchases are made near the disaster site to stimulate the local economy and ensure quicker delivery.

If you have questions about anything on this page or would like more information about how to be involved, contact the Center for Service and Learning at 304-293-8761 or


Please Note – West Virginia University does not endorse any particular charitable organization or social service. Our goal is to provide the WVU community with options for providing relief and assistance to those in need.

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