As various disaster relief organizations mobilize in impacted areas after a natural disaster, the question regarding trusted disaster relief organizations and distrusted disaster relief organizations comes about. Currently, the most argued about organization concerns the American Red Cross. Why do we trust some organizations and not others? We are going to dive into that below.
The Difference Between Distrusted and Trusted Disaster Relief Organizations
There is a huge difference between distrusted and trusted disaster relief organizations. Some of the issues that many use in their arguments regard the transparency of where the donations go to, the level of help provided to victims, and their long term recovery efforts. Like people have their different strengths and weaknesses, relief organizations do too. But we tend to trust organizations that are active through the full recovery period, are transparent about the money, and the level of help provided.
Where is my money going? People around the nation are looking for organizations to donate towards that would help those impacted by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. But there are some organizations that are caught spending money on expensive housing situations, small meals that will not fill anyone’s stomach, and are not acting as first responders. It makes you wonder where your money is going.
Level of Help
What type of help are they providing? Distrusted organizations jump into disaster relief, get good press, collect millions of dollars worth of donations, then jump out of the recovery efforts. Conversely, trusted disaster relief organizations focus on long term recovery efforts.
Long Term Recovery Efforts
These trusted disaster relief organizations focus on recovery, rehabilitation, restoration, and rejoice with those impacted when it is all over. They focus on the physical, emotional, and spiritual care that only longer term recovery efforts can provide.
What are Some Trusted Disaster Relief Organizations?
We have listed some of the trusted disaster relief organizations that you can access if you have been impacted by either Hurricane Harvey, Hurricane Irma, and any other natural disaster.
The Salvation Army
A long time and trusted disaster relief organization, the Salvation Army’s disaster teams from across the country mobilize when natural disaster strikes and stays long after the response efforts are over. Right now, they are looking for individuals or businesses to donate goods and money. If that sounds like you, click here to get connected.
Samaritan’s Purse is a relief organization that enlists thousands of volunteers to provide things like emergency aid, rehabilitation, and restoration. This is a great group to donate goods and money towards as they also go beyond the borders of the United States. Currently, they are helping with recovery efforts in the Caribbean. To get connected to Samaritan’s Purse, click here.
Numerous churches across Texas and Florida have deployed their efforts in providing disaster relief to their impacted communities. The local church is a great way to get connected to disaster recovery. Many churches from out of state and across the country have come down to local churches to provide more strength, supplies, and support to those impacted community. We have a few local churches listed on our partners page that you can check out here.
Attack Poverty, Direct HOPE, or Interfaith Ministries are just examples of non-profits that already work in the communities impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Look for trusted non-profit organizations that are focusing their attention on relief efforts during this season.