How to Help Disaster Victims

The recent devastating hurricanes and wildfires have touched countless lives and continue to leave many victims in their wake. Like most Americans, the team at HighCraft is eager to help those affected by these natural disasters.

Harvey flood_AP photo by David J. Phillip
The aftermath of hurricane Harvey. (AP photo by David J. Phillip)
A wildfire burns near Sand Springs, Montana. Massive wildfires burning in eastern Montana destroyed homes and led ranchers to cut escape routes in fences for cattle as the powerful blaze jumped rivers, roads and bulldozer-cleared fire breaks. (Rebecca Noble/The Billings Gazette via AP)

After looking into many disaster recovery funds, HighCraft is making financial donations to the following two organizations, which seem to be doing a good job of leveraging other donations and getting relief into the hands of those who need it most.

Missoula United Way
Donations will directly aid those affected by the largest active fire in Montana, the 156,000-acre Rice Ridge Fire near Seeley Lake, which has been burning since July 24 and is only 40% contained.

HighCraft Builders supports Colorado hurricane recovery fund

Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund
Bohemian Foundation will match gifts (dollar-for-dollar up to $3 million) made by Colorado individuals, businesses and foundations to Colorado’s Hurricane Recovery Fund. This fund, established by the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, will help nonprofit organizations address intermediate and long-term recovery needs in Texas, Louisiana, Florida, U.S. Territories, and other areas affected by hurricanes in the United States this fall.

HighCraft Builders supports disaster relief
Young volunteers distributing fresh water after Hurricane Harvey. (AP photo by Miguel Roberts of The Brownsville Herald)

If you would like to help disaster victims, but you’re still not sure where to give, consider supporting the organizations listed above, contact the Community Foundation of Northern Colorado, or visit the GuideStar or Charity Navigator websites to screen local and national charities.

And if you want to do more research before making a donation, The New York Times offers some great links and tips in the article “Where to Donate to Harvey Victims (and How to Avoid Scams).”