Where to Donate to Help People in Need During Texas' Blackout Crisis - Rolling Stone
×
×
Home Culture Culture News

Where to Donate to Help People in Need During Texas’ Blackout Crisis

A list of organizations providing food, housing, and other disaster relief to people across the state

Icicles hang on the back of a vehicle Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually icy emergency Monday that knocked out power to more than 2 million people and shut down grocery stores and dangerously snowy roads. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Icicles hang on the back of a vehicle Monday, Feb. 15, 2021, in Houston. A frigid blast of winter weather across the U.S. plunged Texas into an unusually icy emergency Monday that knocked out power to more than 2 million people and shut down grocery stores and dangerously snowy roads.

David J. Phillip/AP Images

Texas is currently facing an unprecedented blackout crisis, leaving nearly three million people without electricity during the state’s biggest ice storm in years.

Boil water notices have been issued to residents of Houston and Austin, warning them to heat their water due to possible contamination from broken pipes, low water pressure, and offline treatment plants. On Tuesday night, Austin Energy General Manager Jackie Sargent said that if the state couldn’t get its power grid under control, it could go down for a month.

Without access to power, and with roads across the state blocked off due to snow, Texans are relying on local assistance and help from their neighbors now more than ever. The past year has seen a proliferation of grassroots mutual aid groups across the U.S., spurred on by the pandemic but by no means limited to pandemic-related crises, and many of those same groups in Texas are now prioritizing food distribution, housing, medical care, and disaster relief to those most affected by the blackout.

Here are several mutual aid groups in Texas that are assisting in the ongoing blackout relief — and that are currently accepting donations.

Austin Mutual Aid: Austin’s mutual aid group is currently raising funds to book hotel rooms for the city’s unhoused population during the snowstorms. The group is also accepting food, water, and toiletries donations from local residents.

Mutual Aid Houston: Houston’s mutual aid group is currently accepting donations on GoFundMe and has provided links to other local organizations assisting during the blackout, including Houseless Organizing Coalition, Crowdsource Rescue, and the Parkhill Capital Foundation.

Feed the People Dallas: This mutual aid collective is currently accepting both cash donations and dry goods items (dried rice, beans, etc.) for its foodservice programs. You can find up-to-date info on mutual aid needs on the group’s Instagram page, or donate items from their Amazon wishlist. If you’re local, you can also volunteer to help prepare and distribute food items around the area.

Para Mi Gente: A San Antonio-based mutual aid group that is providing groceries, emergency housing and other supplies.

Austin Disaster Relief Network: This disaster relief group is accepting monetary donations in order to pay for emergency housing, transportation, and food items.

Lucha Dallas: A Dallas-based BIPOC organization that is currently handing out hot beverages and meals to unhoused people in the city. Donations are accepted via Venmo @luchadallas.

Trinity Mutual Aid: A mutual aid group run by students at Trinity University in San Antonio (unaffiliated with the university administration), providing aid on campus and in nearby communities.

Casa Marianella: An Austin-based organization aiding immigrant families by providing shelter, medical resources, food, clothing and more.

In This Article: mutual aid, Texas

Newswire

Powered by
Arrow Created with Sketch. Calendar Created with Sketch. Path Created with Sketch. Shape Created with Sketch. Plus Created with Sketch. minus Created with Sketch.