Houston, TX–(HISPANIC PR WIRE – BUSINESS WIRE)–September 8, 2005–The United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast steps up efforts to help evacuees in the Houston area with the United Way Katrina Relief Fund. All monies generated by the fund will be dedicated to Houston-based agencies supporting the victims of Hurricane Katrina.
“We are so proud that Houstonians have welcomed the victims of Hurricane Katrina with open arms,” states Anna Babin, President of the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast, “but we realize in the coming weeks and months, they will no longer need immediate relief. We will need to help them plan for the future.”
It is estimated that more than 100,000 people have come to the greater Houston area to seek shelter and get help.
“The United Way learned during Tropical Storm Allison that it can take many years for storm victims to get back on their feet again,” states Babin. “In developing the fund, we know it is our job to make certain we have the money we need in Houston to help people rebuild their lives.”
Contributions can be made by logging onto unitedwayhouston.org or by mailing to United Way Katrina Relief Fund, Attn Teller #3601021, P.O. Box 27459; Houston, Texas 77227.
The United Way Katrina Relief Fund is separate from the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast annual community campaign. United Way encourages its donors to give twice this year: once to the Katrina Relief Fund which helps hurricane evacuees, and to the community campaign which helps Houstonians in need.
About the United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast:
The United Way of the Texas Gulf Coast touches one of every two lives in the Greater Houston area, working to build a stronger community by developing children and youth to their full potential, creating strong families and safe neighborhoods, sustaining the independence of seniors and rebuilding lives in times of crisis. Visit the United Way website at http://www.unitedwayhouston.org.