Harvey Relief for State Employees
In the days since Harvey, we have seen so many unfathomable images of flooding and destruction, as well as heard stories of tremendous generosity and heroism. Many active and retired state employees were personally affected by the storm, and state employees have been on the front lines in service to their fellow Texans. It is during times like these that we see how essential a stable, experienced state workforce is to our state’s well-being.
As a service to the state employee community, TPEA has a compiled a list of agency-specific relief efforts for your consideration as you contribute to Harvey relief efforts. If your agency has an ongoing effort not listed here, please contact TPEA at email@example.com to submit it for possible inclusion.
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ)
TCEQ has a crowdfunding account dedicated to agency employees affected by Harvey: https://www.youcaring.com/coworkers-930582?utm_campaign=buttonshare&utm_medium=url&utm_source=copy&utm_content=cf_cp_01
In addition, several agency offices have initiated donation drives for nonperishable items.
Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ)
TDCJ is accepting monetary donations along with other items badly needed by those hit hard by Hurricane Harvey.
Items in need:
- Children & adult clothing in all sizes
- Baby formula
- Hygiene products
- Cleaning supplies
- Breathing masks
- Large trash bags
- Mops & brooms
- School supplies
- Plastic storage bins
There will be boxes at the front of the Administration building at 861 I-45 North, Huntsville, TX. If you'd like to donate money, please bring it to CID Director Lorie Davis' Office. In Austin, please bring items to 4616 West Howard Lane, Suite 200, Austin, TX. Reentry and Integration Director April Zamora will gather monetary donations.
TDCJ employees in need of assistance are encouraged to contact the department's Employee Hotline at (888) 387-4357.
Texas Department of Insurance
TDI has established a "Help After Harvey" page with helpful information for anyone with an insurance claim to file related to storm damage to their home or property: www.tdi.texas.gov/consumer/storms/helpafterharvey.html.
Texas Department of Public Safety
The Texas DPS Foundation assists DPS families experiencing a hardship as a result of emergencies, tragedies, and catastrophes. This is one of those times. Resources are currently being deployed to help DPS families who have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Your donation to the Texas DPS Foundation can help with needs like lodging and transportation expenses, as well as storm clean-up, recovery and beyond. We are working closely with DPS to identify employees in need and how to best help as quickly as possible in this current situation. Every dollar counts and will make a difference in the lives of DPS families!
Make a donation online at www.texasdpsfoundation.org/donate, or mail your donation to:
Texas DPS Foundation
9600 Escarpment Blvd., Suite #46
Austin, TX 78749
Texas Department of Transportation
Donate to the TxDOT Cares Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to support TxDOT employees who lost homes and property during the storm. Donate online at https://give.saafdn.org/TxDOTCares, or mail donations to:
San Antonio Area Foundation
Attn: TxDOT Cares
303 Pearl Parkway, Suite 114
San Antonio, Texas 78215
**Checks should be made payable to San Antonio Area Foundation, but please remember to write “TxDOT Cares” or “TxDOT Cares—Hurricane Harvey Employee Relief Fund’ in the memo section of the check so it is directed to the correct fund.**
Please call 210-228-3760 to wire money from your financial institution.
Texas Health and Human Services
HHS has a list of disaster assistance resources for anyone affected by the storm at https://hhs.texas.gov/services/financial/disaster-assistance.
Texas Office of Public Utility Counsel (OPUC)
OPUC has compiled a list of assistance programs for customers of retail electricity providers in the affected areas at www.opuc.texas.gov/hurricane_harvey_resource.html.
Texas Parks & Wildlife Department (TPWD)
The Texas Parks & Wildlife Foundation is taking donations for TPWD employees: TPWD Employee Relief Fund.