30 Stories For 30 Years: Chapter 21– Help for Harvey

As Hurricane Harvey brings unprecedented devastation to Houston, Texas and the surrounding area, we are checking in with clients and affiliated groups to see how PPAG can spread the word about their efforts to bring relief to those affected by the storm and its aftermath.

On Sunday, PPAG client United Airlines activated an online fundraising campaign to help support those affected by Hurricane Harvey, and as of COB Tuesday, the campaign has already raised more than $1.2 million. The donated funds will support United’s humanitarian aid and disaster relief partners: Airlink, American Red Cross, Americares, Operation U.S.A. and the Greater Houston Community Foundation. United will also match the first $200,000 raised through this campaign and will provide up to three million bonus miles to MileagePlus members who contribute to one of their charitable partners.

United has also launched two humanitarian missions to George Bush Intercontinental/Houston Airport (IAH). Both relief flights were loaded with bottled water, shelf-stable food, amenity kits, blankets, and pillows.

In collaboration with United PetSafe, United also made a $25,000 donation to the Humane Society of the U.S. to support relief efforts for animals impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

As a company with deep roots in Texas, PPAG client MillerCoors has been making arrangements to help provide relief since late last week, including shipping 50,000 cans of drinking water from their Shenandoah brewery to their craft partner, Revolver, where trucks in Granbury, TX are ready mobilize and deliver to Red Cross shelters in communities hit hard by Hurricane Harvey. MillerCoors has also set up this microsite in partnership with Red Cross where you can make a donation to support victims of the storms. MillerCoors will match all donations made through the microsite for a minimum of $25,000, so please consider making a contribution – no amount is too small.

From our friends at the New Leaders Council: “It’s still raining, and most of us can’t even begin to understand the citywide devastation. We’ve been incredibly fortunate that most in our NLC Houston chapter family have been spared serious damage, but we haven’t heard from everyone yet. Those of us who are in dry homes with water and power have friends and family members who have lost everything.

One of our Houston advisory board members is heading up a coalition of strong, effective, grassroots progressive organizations in raising funds for recovery – the Hurricane Harvey Community Relief Fund.”