Vida Yao, assistant professor of philosophy at Rice University, writes in suggesting that people interested in helping those affected by Hurricane Harvey contribute to the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund. She says:
“I know that it can be difficult to decide how to use one’s money most effectively, and that many may be rightly skeptical of certain organizations. But on the ground, and knowing the people involved, I can vouch for this one.”
Here is how they self-describe their efforts:
Rebuilding in Houston will be most challenging for marginalized communities. Nearly a quarter of Houstonians live in poverty — approximately 550,000 people. We estimate that there are 575,000 undocumented immigrants in the Houston metro area. We will work to move the material aid vulnerable Houstonians need to ensure their access to critical services — from first response and basic needs to healthcare, housing, immigration.
The link to contribute is here.
Philosophers and other academics in the affected areas are welcome to write in with accounts of how they and their schools have been affected, requests for assistance, etc.