How to Help
Over the course of the past month, the nation’s eyes turned towards a series of relentless and devastating natural disasters pummeling the United States and its Southern territories.
Mother Nature struck first with Hurricane Harvey, an unprecedented storm that is said to be the strongest one to hit the United States in more than a decade, and perhaps the strongest one to ever make landfall in Texas. Eleven million Texans – 46% of the state’s population – have been affected, with damages estimated to be $160 billion.
Less than a week later, Hurricane Irma arrived, churning toward Florida, after leaving a trail of death and destruction across the Caribbean. Florida officials directed 6.5 million residents to leave their homes in one of the largest emergency evacuations in American history.
But, with great destruction comes great relief efforts. As in past disasters, at the forefront of Hurricane Harvey’s and Irma’s disaster response are Catholic Charities agencies, led by Catholic Charities USA’s (CCUSA) – the official domestic relief agency of the U.S. Catholic Church.
To immediately help those affected by the devastating aftermath of these disasters, please prayerfully consider making a gift to Catholic Charities USA’s Disaster Relief Fund – the official domestic relief agency of the United States Catholic Church. These funds will provide direct assistance to the tens of thousands of individuals whose lives have been upturned by the storm. They will also enable Catholic Charities’ Disaster Recovery team to coordinate long-term case management and financial assistance to help individuals and families rebuild their lives.
In our own Camden Diocese, Catholic Charities staff will be deployed to assist in disaster relief efforts, as they have during past crises such as Hurricane Katrina and Hurricane Sandy. Needs will change, but the one need that is constant is monetary donations. In disasters such as this, experts agree that cash is preferred to donations of items such as clothing and blankets. Donated funds can then be used to buy relief and recovery supplies locally, ensuring that the most appropriate and necessary supplies for the communities in need can be quickly obtained, and in turn, supporting local economies as well.
Other ways of donating:
- Text CCUSADISASTER to 71777.
- Call 1-800-919-9338
- Mail: PO Box 17066 Baltimore, MD 21297-1066, with “Hurricane Harvey” in the memo line of the check.
We extend our deepest gratitude for your donations.
Updates and Latest News
September 16, 2017
Aruna Malc uses her expertise as a Catholic Charities Case Manager and RN to provide both short-term and long-term assistance to victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma – screening applications for housing needs, conducting client intakes, organizing supplies, and helping clients in need of basic necessities at Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.
September 15, 2017
Jose Sanchez and Aruna Malc of Catholic Charities, Diocese of Camden Respond to Need
September 13, 2017
First Deployment of Catholic Charities Staff
Two Catholic Charities employees from the Diocese of Camden – Jose Sanchez and Aruna Malc – have been deployed to affected areas in Texas. Read about Jose Sanchez and his previous experiences in disaster case management, as well as his perspectives as he responds to the current crises. Click here.
September 8, 2017
Catholic Charities Responds to Hurricane Irma
Catholic Charities Text-to-Give campaign is now also accepting donations for relief from Hurricane Irma and the possible impact of Hurricane Jose. One hundred percent of donations is directed to Catholic Charities agencies in areas impacted by disasters to assist people with shelter, food, and other needs. To donate, text CCUSADISASTER to 71777 or visit http://www.CatholicCharitiesUSA.org. To donate by phone, please call 1-800-919-9338.
September 5, 2017
Catholic Charities USA gives $2 million for hurricane relief
Catholic News Service: Catholic Charities USA presented a $2 million check Sept. 4 representing donations received to date for immediate emergency assistance for those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and its catastrophic flooding.
Making the presentation was Dominican Sister Donna Markham, president and CEO of Catholic Charities USA, accompanied by Archbishop Gustavo Garcia-Siller of San Antonio, Bishop Brendan J. Cahill of the neighboring Diocese of Victoria, J. Antonio Fernandez, president and CEO of Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of San Antonio, and Msgr. J. Brian Bransfield, general secretary of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops.
Catholic Charities USA’s Mobile Response Center vehicle, filled with emergency supplies, left Catholic Charities headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia, for Texas and will remain there to assist Catholic Charities agencies with response efforts.
Diocesan Catholic Charities agencies have been hard at work in recovery efforts, trying to address difficulties as they arise. Click here to read more about relief efforts.
September 1, 2017
Bishop Sullivan Announces Special Diocesan-wide Collection for Victims of Hurricane Harvey
Most Reverend Dennis J. Sullivan, Bishop of Camden, has issued the following statement in announcing an emergency collection to be conducted at all Masses in the Diocese of Camden. The collection on behalf of Hurricane Harvey will be held the weekend of September 2-3.