Hurricane Harvey Relief Ideas

In keeping with the Scout Oath's call to help other people at all times, we have compiled this list of ways those of us in Scouting can help with relief efforts from Hurricane Harvey.

Many relief agencies are most in need of financial donations and not material goods. Where possible, we will add material good donation opportunities. We will also continue to seek opportunities that ask for volunteer labor.

Links for Financial Donations

BSA Emergency Assistance Fund (to help Scouts, Units, and Councils impacted by Harvey)

Service Project Updates

October 18 4:00pm

Frishman and Co., an Austin-based small business, is organizing people to work with the Episcopal Diocese of West Texas Preparedness and Response Commission efforts in Port Aransas. Work parties are being organized for Saturday, November 4, and Saturday, December 30. Workers will travel by bus, leaving at 5:30am from Austin. They will work from 10:00am-6:00pm in Port Aransas, eat supper at a local restaurant, and then travel back to Austin. There is a cost of $100/person to cover transportation and meal costs. If interested, contact Mary Ann Frishman at 512-413-4003 or

September 19 10:30am

Calling all CODERS in the Austin metro area. Your help is needed this Thursday, September 21, from 7:00pm-11:30pm. Code to help Hurricane Harvey and Irma is a collaborative, non-competitive hack-a-thon to improve the ubiquitous disaster relief software, Crisis Cleanup. This critical open source software is being used for cleanup efforts of Hurricanes #Harvey and #Irma by volunteer organizations, local and state governments, and FEMA to get the victims of these tragedies the urgent help that they need. CLICK HERE to sign up.

September 15 4:00pm

The LDS Church in Oak Hill is organizing volunteers to help with clean-up in Katy, a suburb west of Houston. This is happening on Saturday, September 23, from 7am-6:30pm. They are inviting Scouts 12 and older and adults to help. To learn more and sign up, please visit

September 8 3:00pm

Signature Flight Support is looking for 10-20 Scouts (plus a few adults to supervise) on Saturday, September 9, to help sort and load donated relief supplies that are being flown by private planes to areas impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Scouts (with supervision) will actually load boxes into the small aircraft. You would need to arrive between 8:30am and 9:00am. The work is expected to take no more than two hours. The company has offered to buy pizza for Scouts after they complete the work. Signature Flight Support is located on the south side of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport at 4321 Emma Browning Ave, 78719 (this is the noncommercial area and no special security clearance is necessary). You are encouraged to carpool as much as possible as the company has a small parking lot. If interested, please contact Signature's front desk as soon as possible at 512-530-5451.

September 7 4:30pm

The City of Victoria has more than 700 projects for help with debris removal and recovery. The group,
Samaritan’s Purse, is organizing the volunteers and projects based out of Faith Family Church, 2002 East Mockingbird, in Victoria. Scout volunteer coordinators are asked to submit contact information at the following URL: Scout volunteer coordinators will receive more information and instructions from Victoria in a second email.

September 6 12:30pm

Officials in Smithville and La Grange tell us their communities have finished cleaning out houses damaged by flooding. We are now waiting on word back from Columbus, Cuero, and Victoria for possible service needs.

August 31 9:30am

Austin Mayor Steve Adler is asking people to donate "welcome kits" for the anticipated 6,000+ people arriving at the city's evacuation shelter at the convention center. You can learn how to assemble a "welcome kit" HERE on the Mayor's website. You are asked to bring completed welcome kits to Hope Family Thrift Store, 1122 E. 51st Street in Austin, Monday-Saturday 10:00am-5:00pm.

August 30 7:30pm

Smithville Area Chamber of Commerce has organized a day of service in Smithville to help residents there impacted by flooding. All Scout units who want to take part are asked to arrive at 9am on Saturday, September 2, and Sunday, September 3, at the corner of NE 7th and Marburger Street in Smithville. The Baptist Men's Group will make work assignments those mornings. The contact is Curtis Carden. All Scouts should be mature enough to work in challenging conditions under direction of adult leadership. Units should bring their own water, food, first aid kit, and wear protective clothing for the projects. A change of clothes is suggested for the drive home. Work will likely include removing debris, pulling carpet, removing/washing out mud from houses, cutting sheetrock, removing insulation, and placing fans in homes to begin the drying out process. Consider bringing your own shovels, trash bags, water hoses and spray nozzles, gloves, utility knives, extension cords, brooms, mops, buckets, rags. 

August 30 2:00pm

Austin Pets Alive! has received hundreds of new animals displaced by Hurricane Harvey and anticipate receiving many more. Volunteers are needed to help care for the animals. Learn more about volunteer opportunities HERE.

August 30 2:00pm

Although Central Texas Red Cross operates local shelters for evacuees, they are not equipped to handle donations. Instead, volunteers are asked to take donation supplies to a Central Texas Disaster Relief Center. Celebration Church in Georgetown is now a relief center. Our service partner,, tells you what new items are needed for donation HERE.

August 30 11:00am

Today through 7:00pm, Austin Disaster Relief Network is accepting hurricane relief donations at Hope Family Thrift Store, 1122 E. 51st Street in Austin. For more information on needed supplies, visit HERE.

August 30 11:00am

Many patients from coastal areas have been transported to hospitals in Central Texas. This means there is an ongoing and growing need for blood donations. Our service partner,, has information on how to help HERE.

August 29 3:00pm

Fayette and Bastrop County officials are in the process of assessing damage to people's property. They anticipate having a list of service projects by the week of September 11. We will share that information as soon as it is available.

The Fayette County Record has set up a public Facebook group, Connect in Time of Need, to communicate donation needs in their readership area.

August 29 1:30pm

Our service partner,, tells us the Austin Disaster Relief Network has a specific list of needed relief supplies; CLICK HERE to find the list and drop off instructions. Most of these supplies will be sent to Houston during the weekend of September 2-3, with the rest being distributed to shelters in the Austin area.

August 29 11:00am

Church of Christ in La Grange (646 E Hwy 71 Business, La Grange, 78945) is collecting non-perishable food, socks, underwear, diapers, and cleaning supplies. Check Minister Scott Elliott's public Facebook posts for additional updates/information.