Houston and the Gulf Coast communities are strong and resilient, but will need help and support to rebuild and clean up after such a widespread event. Houston is where we live and work. The Texas Gulf Coast is where roughly half of our residential customers reside. Champion Energy, a Calpine Company, is donating $250,000 to the American Red Cross Gulf Coast Chapter.
Seeing the images of destruction and rescues motivate us to do what we do best — support each other in times of need. If you are looking for ways to help, we have assembled a list of resources for you and your area.
Give Financial Donations
If you would like to support the Gulf Coast community, there will be a great need of resources to rebuild and help those impacted by catastrophic flooding. Choosing a charity that resonates with you and helps the impacted areas doesn’t need to be confusing. Donate to the Red Cross, or visit Charity Navigator to see organizations directly working in the Gulf Coast area hit hardest by Hurricane Harvey.
Give to Fellow Champions
In addition to our Red Cross donation, we’re giving back directly to our customers, and you can to. Through the Power Partners program, you can donate through a check box on your bill, or through a special YouCaring account we have set up for this purpose.
All Power Partners donations September 1 through December 31 will be matched at 2X our normal level, $2 for every $1 given, up to a $10,000 match per individual donor.
Power Partners funds bill assistance for low income customers, administered through Sheltering Arms and other agencies. It will also fund a discretionary account to give bill assistance to customers who do not qualify for social services, but who have faced significant loss during this storm event.
Give your Time
Organizing the manpower to help in the communities is managed by several nonprofits and fed by numerous smaller groups. From loosely based teams, to larger faith based and non-governmental organizations, you can find a way to help. Register with one of the groups below, or contact a faith based organization near you to determine if they are sending in volunteers.
Give Donation Items
While some may feel compelled to donate specific household items to disaster survivors, please remember that this may create a burden on responding agencies, as they must collect, sort, clean, and distribute items. Most of the local shelters and relief areas do not need clothing, but consumables. Check with your local agencies to determine if they have the resources to accept and deliver items to needed relief areas. Things you can donate include:
Bedding and pillows
Cell phone chargers
Feminine hygiene products
Toiletries (toothpaste, tooth brushes, soap)