Five organizations you can donate to in order to support the state’s recovery efforts.
By Audra Heinrichs.
Last weekend, after a week of unprecedented winter weather that threw the entire state of Texas into chaos, President Biden declared a state of emergency, effectively making citizens eligible for federal assistance. However, given the overwhelming devastation–from widespread power outages to carbon monoxide poisoning to freezing temperatures–millions are in need of urgent assistance, especially the state’s Black and Brown communities. At the same time, Texas’ lack of regulations on utility companies has led some Texans to receive electricity bills as high as $6,000 following the crisis.
Electricity and running water has returned for much of Texas, but there are still many residents in need of support, both in the form of direct monetary donations and food and resources. Mission compiled a list of organizations and emergency mutual aid funds across the state that need your donations:
ATX Black Pride
This Austin-based organization celebrates and uplifts Black Queer residents throughout the city. Currently, the organization is collecting donations for microgrants of $250 for community members in need, with a goal of raising $10,000 in total. Find out more info through their website.
Black Futures Collective
BFC is a Black queer and trans-led organization that provides mutual aid assistance to the San Antonio area through an abolitionist lens. The collective is currently accepting donations through Venmo and Cash App and aims to distribute funds to Black folks in need by February 25. Find out more info on their Instagram.
North Texas Rural Resistance
NTRR is a femme-led mutual aid fund with a focus on harm-reduction throughout north Texas. The group is looking to raise $250,000 to support school-aged children in the region who have been left without running water and adequate food. Find out how to donate through their Twitter.
Say Her Name Texas
Say Her Name Texas is dedicated to building leadership and advocacy about the issues that impact the lives of Black women. Right now the group is focused on transporting water supplies from Virginia in Texas to help those still left without functioning plumbing and running water. Find out how to support through their Instagram.
Yanawana Herbolarios provides free integrative health clinics to underserved communities and free educational classes, and connects participants with previously unrealized or unrecovered ancestral skills. The group is looking for volunteers to assist with home repairs, food and water delivery, and more. Find out how to get involved on their Instagram.