UHelp: When Farmers Talk Turkey, They Talk Crowdfunding

Not long after purchasing a 12-acre parcel of land, Micha and Andrew Ide found themselves – much to their dismay — talking turkey. The birds they were raising had found a way to sidestep the electric fencing and fly the coup into the vegetable fields of neighboring farmers.

“It was either, find a solution and raise the money or stop raising turkeys,” said Micha Ide, from the farm in Snohomish, Wash.

Instead of approaching the bank for a loan to borrow enough money—somewhere around $4,000—to build an apparatus to keep their birds at bay, a couple turned to the internet and a crowdfunding platform designed to connect farmers and food entrepreneurs to backers. Micah and Andrew Ide are thrilled at the support they received.

“We’ve had so many of our current customers contribute, which blew me away because they’re already paying for our meat and the fact that they’re willing to pay more to support the farm is amazing,” said Micha, who used the funds to build a “turkey tunnel” that provides enough space for their flock of 100 heritage turkeys to roost, forage and explore.

Crowdfunding platforms, such as UHelp, allow entrepreneurs and organizations to create campaign pages for their projects online and seek funding to bring their concepts to life. To acknowledge their support, farmers offer rewards that can range from T-shirts and produce to farm tours.

While crowdfunding has long been the provenance of writers, filmmakers and other creative types, Libby Hikind, founder and CEO of UHelp, said a growing number of farmers are turning to the internet to support sustainable agriculture projects.

“Small farmers often struggle to start or maintain operations,” said Hikind. “Finding financial resources is imperative, but not an easy task. Taking advantage of crowdfunding opportunities is a great way to increase chances of success.”

Building a farm from the ground up takes more than hard work. If you are a small farmer with cash tied up in crops and livestock and struggling to earn money or not making a living at all, UHelp may be the solution to help mediate costs and expose your brand to a national market. The industry needs young, aspiring farmers. You may need UHelp.com.

 

About the Author: Staff Writer for UHelp.com

UHelp: Fundraising Strategies to Cope with the High Costs of Adopting a Child

Adoption wasn’t on her radar, but when Rachel Garlinghouse was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes, which puts pregnant women with the condition and their babies at risk, her path for starting a family took a dramatic turn.

Today, four children by way of adoption later, the mother from St. Louis understands the unpredictability of the process and the torture and joys endured along the way.

“People often tell couples experiencing infertility to 'just adopt,' as if it's quick and simple,” said Garlinghouse, a 35-year-old blogger for WhiteSugar, BrownSugar and the author of “The Hopeful Mom’s Guide to Adoption.” “Adoption is bittersweet, challenging, and difficult. But, it is also beautiful, wonderful, and joy-filled.”

Like Garlinghouse says, adoption is not always easy,  no matter how familiar prospective parents may be with the process. Far too many couples, once they are confident in their life-changing (though joyous) decision, aren’t quite sure where to start.

The first step typically involves choosing an adoption agency, which will go a long way in determining the financial aspects of finding a new child. Private agencies are expected to be more costly than public outlets and those expenses can build depending on specific situations, including legal fees or medical bills associated with the birth mother.

Adoption-agency fees can range from a few thousand dollars to more than $40,000; about half fall between $10,000- $30,000. Some outlets will offer a sliding fee scale where costs are based on income. Then there’s the cost of an attorney. Travel also becomes an additional expense when couples are required to commute to the birth country of the child they are adopting.

That said, adoption can force even the most financially secure to dig deep into personal pockets, which can be especially disarming if much has already been invested into infertility treatments. For those hopeful parents who can’t contemplate the idea of taking on such staggering debt, fundraising is a path to consider for easing the financial burdens of adoption.

UHelp.com is a free crowdfunding platform that removes some of the barriers and enables child-seeking couples to create and manage money-raising campaigns that can offset the insurmountable costs that too often keep children waiting for permanent homes.

Every year, thousands of children are adopted by generous and loving families. If you are considering adoption or currently going through the process, financial costs should not dissuade you from bringing a child into your home. Find the encouragement and support you need at UHelp.com.

About the Author: Staff writer for UHelp.com

Return the Favor: Crowdfunding for USA Veterans

A veteran is defined as “a person who served in the active military, naval or air service and who was discharged or released under conditions other than dishonorable” (va.org). While the United States allocates a substantial amount of the annual budget to defense, veterans still meet difficulties in receiving alternative medical care, general nourishment and routine monetary assistance to cover living expenses.

Of course, GrantWatch.com provides grants specifically for veteran assistance. However, the majority of federal funding for veterans is given to nonprofit organizations to create suitable programs for veterans. While veterans may have access to those much-needed programs, they still require funding for their unique, personal needs.

Many servicemen and servicewomen began their service immediately following their graduation from high school. While the military offers educational benefits, some veterans were unable to gain the education and/or trade skills needed for a post-service career. In addition to funding for living expenses, such veterans would require scholarships to attend a university or trade school. Those that dream of running their own business would need start-up funding to do so.

Every day, we receive phone calls from brave servicemen and servicewomen asking if any grants or funding programs exist to help them meet their needs and achieve their goals. While such grants do exist, there are too few to meet the needs of thousands of courageous survivors. If you’re a veteran, then, where do you turn to get the funding you need to live the life you deserve?

Crowdfunding has become increasingly popular over the past few years. Online-fundraising platforms (like UHelp.com) allow nonprofits, small businesses and individuals to launch digital fundraisers for unique causes. Many crowdfunding platforms welcome all campaign types, meaning veterans can launch fundraisers for a variety of different reasons:

  • To cover general living expenses, such as food, rent, gas and utilities
  • To start a business
  • To earn a degree at a local college or renowned university
  • To pay for alternative medical expenses
  • To improve current living conditions, such as home repairs and transportation
  • To start a family

Understanding the exact purpose of a crowdfunding campaign is key to launching a successful fundraiser. A campaign must articulate its purpose in order to meet its goal(s). There are thousands of grateful citizens ready and willing to help those who have already helped them and their country. However, they cannot donate to a cause if they have not heard of it.

Do not limit your campaign to a single website, regardless of how well known it may be. Spread the news to every friend, family member, social-media platform, news outlet, etc. to generate interest about the veteran(s) that need funding for various needs.

Crowdfunding for veterans is not limited, though, to individual needs. Nonprofits, small businesses and other organizations can also launch campaigns to provide veteran assistance. Large associations have an advantage when it comes to crowdfunding, as success relies on publicity and fundraiser promotion. The larger the company following, the more attention the campaign will receive, resulting in more donations for the cause.

If you’re a veteran with a need for funding and no idea where to start, call a mentor at UHelp.com (888-240-1494). UHelp is a free-to-use crowdfunding website with substantial customer support and a detailed marketing program that helps you promote your campaign, generate interest and raise money. At UHelp, we help!

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is a Copy Editor for UHelp.com.

A Beginner’s Guide to Crowdfunding Advocacy

People advocate many causes for various reasons, but what is advocacy? Advocacy involves garnering public support for your particular cause or policy. Needless to say, advocacy has a divergent range. Sometimes the goal is small, local and concrete, like the addition of a traffic light or stop sign for a residential neighborhood. Other times the cause is far more abstract and broad. The following are just a few examples of popular causes for which people champion:

  • Advocacy for the homeless, such as improving the quality of homeless shelters and outreach services
  • Advocacy for veteran affairs, including benefits and mental-health support
  • Advocacy for improved conditions surrounding senior citizens, like managing retirement funds or Medicare supplemental insurance
  • Advocacy for women’s rights, including equal pay, workforce integration and equality, daycare schools and alternatives, family planning and maternity leave
  • Advocacy for affordable health care for all Americans, such as by eliminating the insurance mandate for individuals, implementing single-payer reform or requesting employers to contribute to healthcare coverage
  • Advocacy for disease prevention and awareness for issues such as HIV/AIDS, immunizations and clean drinking water

Regardless of the cause you’re advocating–large or small, group or individual, local or global–crowdfunding can help.

Advocacy requires a lot of planning and consideration. You have to pin down and codify the end result as well as the steps you are going to take to get there. Every campaign is a journey. Identify your end goal, such as the change of a law or rushed FDA approval for a specific cancer treatment or life-saving medication.

Along with the result, the individuals that you are trying to affect and the accomplishments associated with successful implementation play a strong role in advocacy. Paint a picture for contributors and donors that illustrates the benefit of what you are doing. Once this cancer treatment receives FDA approval, how many lives will be saved and how much suffering will be averted (perhaps it is less painful or invasive as well as cost effective)?

What do you need to do to obtain FDA approval? Are you fundraising to cover the patent or fund the research study? Outlining the use of the collected funding is essential. Donors will want to know where their money is going and how the money is used. This can also give campaign contributors incentive to donate more, once they see their hard-earned money working its magic.

Running a successful advocacy campaign also costs money to cover the daily operations to accomplish the end goal. You must consider the cost of salaries, office space, phone-lines, computer equipment, website creation and design, content creation and distribution across different channels, travel, etc.

Some traditional forms of advocacy awareness and funding include

  • Cold calling,
  • Door-to-door canvassing and
  • Galas or charity events.

Many older forms of fundraising for advocacy groups that drain time, human and financial resources, which could be better allocated elsewhere, are no longer cost effective or even legal! There are now regulations in place regarding telemarketing and email campaigns. The digital age has created new mechanisms for people to raise money as well as awareness for their causes, and one of those mediums is crowdfunding.

Start your advocacy campaign for free on UHelp.com, the crowdfunding platform with zero platform fees and a daily marketing plan to help you get started. At UHelp, we help!

About the Author: Ally Sinclair is a staff writer for UHelp.com.

Five Ingredients for a Viral Video

We’ve all seen viral videos: those links in our emails and on the internet that seem to get passed along to nearly everyone. We all know there’s no greater advertising than word of mouth, and crowdfunding relies on outreach videos to attain measurable success.

A lot of people would love to know what the “secret formula” might be to going viral. Unfortunately, there is no magic formula; there are just too many variables. But here are some tips to help you create a fantastic video to maximize the success of your UHelp campaign:

1. Tell Your Story

What are you passionate about? What are you good at? What did you achieve or what are you trying to accomplish? What message do you want to share?  You don’t need an expensive camera to show off what you’re doing. Chances are, the camera on your phone will work just fine. Just make sure you can be clearly seen and heard. Don’t film yourself in noisy or dark environments. Be sure to look at the camera, smile and tell everyone what you’re all about.

2. Enjoy What You’re Doing

If you’re having fun, your audience will have fun too. Even if you’re dealing with a serious subject, you must be genuine for people share the video. If you look bored or nervous, you’re going to lose your audience. Be engaging – pretend the camera is your best friend and you can’t wait to tell them what you’re doing. You might need to do a couple practice takes before you get it right.

3. Get to the Gut

What is the basic human emotion behind your video? If someone is entertained, educated, amazed or deeply moved by your video, they are more likely to pass it along or watch it again. So, what is interesting about what you’re doing? Maybe you’ve discovered something new. We share online content when it moves us emotionally; we want to share those feelings with someone else. Humor, entertainment and inspiration are the main reasons a video may go viral.

4. Be Brief

People are busy. Make sure your audience has time to watch your entire video. If your video is too long, you’re going to lose your audience. They won’t pass it along if they get bored and/or don’t have time to finish it. Give your video a quick and snappy title. In as few words as possible, write something that makes your audience want to watch.

5. Tell Everyone

There’s an old saying: “Tell everyone what you want to do, and someone will want to help you do it.” After you upload the video, share the link with everyone. Don’t expect the video to go viral all by itself. Post your video on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Reddit and any other website where people are discussing your subject. Find out what groups are interested in your story.

Once you’ve completed these five steps, set some realistic expectations for yourself. Is your goal to get your video on The Tonight Show or is the goal to reach one thousand well-qualified, potential customers or subscribers? Monitor the feedback and answer any questions someone might have. Find out what people liked or didn’t like about your video, but don’t let any negative feedback keep you from making another video!

Good luck and have fun!

About the Author: Normand Freitag is a Media Specialist for UHelp.com.

Help Your Ideas Takeoff

Brought to you by GrantWatch, the grant search engine you know and trust, UHelp is the newest crowdfunding platform to hit the internet. With zero platform fees and a thorough marketing plan, UHelp is the perfect website on which to launch your digital fundraiser.

With 100 categories ranging from art and design to small business and technology, UHelp allows anyone with any funding need to launch their campaign.

Three. Two. One. LIFT OFF!

Aim for the stars and help your ideas take off with UHelp.com.


Crowdfunding Campaigns on UHelp.com

Historic South Ward School Rehab Project

Clearwater Historical Society, founded in 1978 in Clearwater, Florida, is a non-profit organization intent on documenting and promoting the rich history of our beautiful city and the Greater Clearwater area…

Fundraising Goal: $10,000

Be Good To Children Back To School Drive

It’s back-to-school time for us here in the United States, but children in L’Artibonite, Haiti may not have a chance to receive an education without the support from generous people like you…

Fundraising Goal: $50,000

Help Stop Diabetes And Heart Disease

My name is Noel Kayo, MD.

I have created BRIDGING THE GAP EDUCATION to educate the most vulnerable people in our community – those with low incomes and little education of various age groups…

Fundraising Goal: $50,000

About the Author: Kayli Tomasheski is the Copy Editor for UHelp. Soraya Leathers is a Social Media Specialist for UHelp.

What Are You Waiting For?

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

Prepare for #GivingTuesday

Raise Money with UHelp for Nonprofits, Small Businesses & Individuals

National News — – October 18, 2017

#GivingTuesday is just six weeks away, and Libby Hikind, Founder and CEO of UHelp.com, asks, “What are you waiting for?” Now is the perfect time to plan your fundraiser. Don’t wait until November 28th (Giving Tuesday) and feel sorrowful over missed fundraising opportunities.

A successful fundraiser requires planning, marketing and a beautiful fundraising page. UHelpbrought to you by the makers of GrantWatch.com, and is the perfect platform on which to host your #GivingTuesday fundraiser.

  • 100% Free to Fundraisers

UHelp does not take a percentage of the funds you raise. GoFundMe, Indiegogo or Kickstarter keep anywhere from five to ten percent. Libby Hikind has built the perfect platform for the nonprofit, small business and individuals-in-need community that respects the challenges of fundraising and recognizes that your contributors do not want you wasting their money on platform fees.

  • Immediate Access to Funds

Libby further knows that you are raising money because your cause needs it immediately. With UHelp, you get immediate access to your funds, without any waiting periods or goal-fulfillment requirements.

To accept contributions via credit cards, a fundraising page needs to connect to a payment processor. Once again, UHelp beats the competition with the lowest credit-card-processing rate.

  • Six Weeks of Fundraising Support

While UHelp was created for fast and easy setup, free crowdfunding mentors are available to assist you. Before #GivingTuesday arrives, you will want to have raised a substantial portion of your goal to demonstrate momentum and support. Everyone loves joining a winning team, and you might even get featured in local press as a viable fundraiser. UHelp offers 6 weeks (30 days) of marketing tips and templates and three consultations to guide your unique fundraiser and promote your campaign.

With UHelp, “The campaign organizer is never alone.” A successful #GivingTuesday campaign requires substantial marketing support, and UHelp is here to help.

  • 100 Fundraising Categories

You will find your category on this website. UHelp welcomes campaigns from any and every organization, business and individual with any positive funding need. With 100 fundraising categories, UHelp has no exclusivity and offers incomparable support.

UHelp provides the assistance you need to raise the money you deserve.

So, What Are You Waiting For?

Create a campaign on UHelp today to start preparing for November 28, 2017’s #GivingTuesday.

To receive exclusive announcements from UHelp, follow the platform on Twitter or Facebook. To start a crowdfunding campaign or to contribute to an existing campaign, navigate to UHelp.com or call (888) 240-1494 for more information.

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About: UHelp.com is the crowdfunding division of GrantWatch.com, the every-expanding database of funding opportunities. Founded by Libby Hikind, UHelp is the perfect website to raise money for a nonprofit, small business and/or individual need.

Contact:

Libby Hikind – UHelp CEO
Phone: 888 240 1494
Email: support@UHelp.com
Website: https://www.Uhelp.com

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How Can I Double My Social Media Traffic?

In our own effort to increase social media traffic for GrantWatch, UHelp and our four other websites, we learned a few things that we are willing to share. We hope you will join the conversation and add to our article.

 

Here are a few tips that will help you along the way to gain more followers and, ultimately, more contributors.

Post Your Content More Than Once. 

The more your content circulates a variety of social media channels, the more people will see your content. We follow a sharing schedule that ensures our content reaches as many viewers as possible.

Kissmetrics advices creating a schedule that includes multiple posting times for sharing content:

  1. On publish – Social message sent when blog post goes live
  2. Same day – Initial social messages trickle out to your accounts over the next 2-3 hours
  3. Next day – Messages are shared again on the appropriate social channels
  4. Next week – Another series of messages are pre-scheduled and sent the following week
  5. Next month – Even more social messages are pre-scheduled for the following month
  6. Next _____ – Optionally, additional messages can be scheduled for the three-month mark or beyond

GrantWatch has multiple website divisions and each website has a blog. Because we share content on at least one of the blogs on a daily basis, our social media channels are constantly full of new articles and information. To avoid spamming our content feeds, we focus more on where we share our content.

GrantWatch and its subsequent divisions are currently active on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Google+, Instagram, Pinterest, StumbleUpon, Reddit and YouTube. Additionally, we have a newsletter that is sent out to our website subscribers every week.

We publish our content every Friday of the week and upload the content to the newsletter for our subscribers. We then create a promotion schedule for the following week. This schedule dictates what article/content should be shared for each day of the week. Each day, we share the specified content on each of our social media channels for each of our websites to maximize views.

Share Your Posts with Targeted Audiences.

Use Twitter lists, Google+ Communities, Facebook Groups and LinkedIn Groups to reach the online audience most likely to engage and support your cause. Share your posts with custom headlines that will grab the attention of your readers.

  • If your post includes tips and tactics that help nonprofits accomplish their goals, be sure to share it with nonprofit communities and groups that will value your content and re-post it to their networks, such as on GrantNews.press.
  • Do you have a crowdfunding success story? Give the gift of information to Google+ Communities, Facebook Groups and LinkedIn Groups that focus on fundraising.
    • By helping others succeed in their fundraising efforts, you will establish yourself as a trusted news source with online communities that will continue to engage in your material.
  • Targeted communities like the Nonprofit Connection Group on Facebook, Crowdfunding on Google+, Small Business Marketing and Social Media for Nonprofit Organizations on LinkedIn are exceptional resources for interacting with industry-specific thought leaders and decision makers.

Monitor Your Results.

Every social media channel is different, as is every profile. This means that one method you implement for Facebook might not work for Twitter. Use Facebook Insights, Twitter Analytics, etc. to monitor the results of your posts and make suitable changes to your publishing schedule when necessary. Kissmetrics advises keeping an eye out for the following things:

  • A decrease or an increase in post activity. As you adjust your schedule, notice if there is an increase or decrease in post activity? More clicks? More retweets? More shares? Sometimes, this is a gut-level check, and other times you might want to dip into your Bit.ly stats or utilize custom Google Analytics tags to make sure you are right.
  • Negative feedback from your audience. Although it is rare, some users may notice your increased activity and comment on it. Take this to heart, but don’t let one complaint spoil a good thing. Use metrics to verify whether your schedule is too aggressive or misguided.
  • A slowly fading interest in your content. I think the biggest threat to a social feed that has become “too busy” is a natural tendency of followers to simply ignore the content. Watch your click throughs to make sure this doesn’t happen to you.

An engaged digital audience can propel your crowdfunding campaign, start-up business, nonprofit, etc. to success. If you need assistance in navigating the social media world to gain funding, start a project on UHelp and a crowdfunding mentor will help you through the process.

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About the Author: Staff Writer for UHelp.com

Your Business from a Dream to Reality

Are you an entrepreneur? Have you dreamed about being your own boss? Maybe you spend your days writing down prospective ideas in a notebook you keep by your bed. Maybe you’ve been waiting for new inspiration to hit you. Perhaps you are beyond those initial stages and have a business plan ready and waiting. In whichever case, it is time to complete the next steps: building a team and accumulating funds that will bring your idea to life.

Regardless of your current status in the business-building process, it’s important to be aware of and understand your options. UHelp is a great resource for your business. Our step-by-step marketing plan makes crowdfunding and fundraising a breeze. Packaged with a great customer-service team, our website is easy to use and full of valuable information.

Whether starting a business is your goal or a mere pipe dream, you have considered the possibility. Once you start considering just how possible creating and building a business can be, UHelp becomes your best friend. A crowdfunding campaign may be the puzzle piece you need to bring your business to life.

To all adventure seekers, risk takers and bold, driven entrepreneurs, welcome to the UHelp family. We will be with you every step of the way.


Crowdfunding Campaigns on UHelp.com

Stay Positive and Do It with a Smile

My name is Damion and I own a 9Round franchise in Bloomington, MN. I currently need $7,000 to pay the property taxes. This gym is my passion, helping others achieve their goals. Thank you in advance for your contribution(s).

Goal: $7,000

Be Good to Children Back to School Drive

Over the last 6 years, BGTTC has grown to support 100 children from 5 different schools in L'Artibonite, Haiti. These children would not be able to receive an education without support from generous people like you. Our funding goal is $50,000 for the 2017/2018 school year. Help us change a life!

Goal: $50,000

Plant, Grow & Eat: Promote Food Security

Help us educate and bring neighbors together through community gardens. Your contribution will create small communities that help to reduce crime and improve the quality of life of low-income disadvantaged families, reducing dependency and increasing sustainability.

Goal: $25,000

Books-4-Inmates (B4I) Program

BPCI has provided free books to prison inmates via our "Books-4-Inmates (B4I) Program." As word is spreading throughout the Texas prison systems, requests for books have increased exponentially. We desperately need $5,000 to support this vital project to the end of our 2018 fiscal year.

Goal: $5,000

About the Author: Lianne Hikind is a staff writer for UHelp.

18+ Organizations Accepting Hurricane Harvey Donations

As Hurricane Harvey rages through Texas with extensive flooding and detrimental winds, homes are falling apart and individuals are stranded with few places to turn. 15 people have died and the death toll continues to rise.

How can we help the organizations providing help as Harvey’s victims fight for their lives? While volunteers are greatly appreciated, we can’t all get there and physically help. The need for funding is essential.

In addition to starting a crowdfunding campaign on UHelp.com to raise money for the destruction of Harvey’s wake, there are numerous ways you can provide relief. If your foundation, nonprofit or corporation offers a grant that can help the victims of the storm, you can post the information on GrantWatch.

We have compiled a list of 18+ established organizations that are currently accepting donations for those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Why 18+? 18 is the numerical value of the Hebrew word for Chai, which represents life.  Why the plus sign? As you let us know of other established organizations with relief funds that are working for the survival of the Hurricane Harvey victims, we will add them to our ever-growing list.

1. American Red Cross

Red Cross opens overnight shelters, distributes emergency supplies, prepares hot meals, snacks and water for those in need and provides physical and mental health volunteers for first-aid treatment, prescription-medication and/or eyeglass replacement and emotional support.

2. Americares

Americares provides medicine, supplies, water and medical aid in emergency situations.

3. Best Friends’ Disaster Relief Fund 

Best Friends’ provides emergency assistance to animals in the wake of disasters, providing lifesaving work in disaster situations.

4. Coalition for the Homeless

https://www.homelesshouston.org/take-action/donate/

The Coalition supports organizations that directly provide services to homeless individuals. The organization is accepting donations to assist displaced individuals as a result of Hurricane Harvey.

5. Feeding Texas

Feeding Texas’ food banks provide food boxes, shelter meals and cleaning supplies to families impacted by the storm.

6. Greater Houston Community Foundation

The Foundation is a public charity in Houston under which Houston Mayor Sylvester Turned has created the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund for the victims of the recent floods.

7. Heart to Heart International

http://www.hearttoheart.org/hurricaneharvey/

HHI supplies water, hygiene kits, Tetanus shots and other medical care to the victims of Hurricane Harvey.

8. Houston Food Bank

http://www.houstonfoodbank.org/donate/

Disaster-relief donations to Houston Food Bank will help provide food and supplies for southeast-Texas residents who need it most.

9. The Humane Society of the United States 

The Humane Society helps animals and their owners dealing with Harvey’s floods. The organization evacuates animals out of the disaster areas, providing both transport and rescue.

10. Lefkowitz Leadership Initiative

http://agudathisrael.org/disaster-relief-fund/?cat=lefkowitz-leadership-initiative

The Initiative provides food, clothing and Yomtov needs to Jewish families and institutions facing Harvey’s aftermath.

11. North American Mission Board

The Board deploys crisis buckets of storm supplies, prepares hot meals and performs mud-out, chainsaw and cleaning services on damaged homes.

12. Orthodox Union

The OU provides financial help for post-storm rebuilding.

13. Portlight 

http://www.portlight.org/home.html

Portlight uses inclusive disaster strategies to assist people with disabilities affected by catastrophes.

14. Salvation Army

The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional and spiritual care to disaster survivors and relief workers and will support long-term recovery tactics following immediate disaster-response efforts.

15. Samaritan’s Purse

Samaritan’s Purse establishes tractor-trailer volunteer stations in disaster zones. Teams of volunteers provide damage-repair services such as cutting trees, tarping roofs, and performing mud-outs.

16. Save the Children Federation

The Federation provides supplies and services to families in shelters.

17. Texas Diaper Bank

The Diaper Bank gives diapers and disaster-relief kits to families with young children.

18. United Airlines

The Airline is taking up donations for larger disaster-relief organizations such as Red Cross, Airlink, Americares, etc. The Airline is also giving away airline miles in exchange for donations.

19. Seasons

If you prefer to donate physical supplies, Seasons collects and transports high-demand items for the survivors in Houston, TX.

20. Chabad-Lubavitch Center

If you are looking for another way to help those impacted by the flooding in the Houston region, Chabad-Lubavitch Center, Texas Regional Headquarters has created an Amazon Wish List with basic items that are desperately needed as supplies run out.

If you would like to start a UHelp campaign for the victims of Hurricane Harvey, sign up here.

If you know of a well-established organization that is accepting donations that is not listed here, please provide the details in the comment section below and send us an email at support@uhelp.com.

Stay Safe, Texas.

About the Author: Staff writer for UHelp