Thousands of Austinites have been impacted by last week’s flooding and storm damage. Much help is needed to get Dove Springs back on its feet, and while I know the community remains as resilient as ever, we all must join together to help however we can.
If you can help those in need, here’s what is most needed at this time:
Volunteers: An estimated 5,000 volunteers are needed to help clean up from the flooding. If you can give your time, please head to the Dove Springs Neighborhood Association Volunteer & Donation center at the intersection of Quicksilver Boulevard and Pleasant Valley Road. There’s plenty to do, so please head over and join in the effort.
Household Goods: If you can contribute items on the lists below, please bring them to the Dove Springs Neighborhood Association Volunteer & Donation center at the intersection of Quicksilver Boulevard and Pleasant Valley Road through Sunday, November 10.
The most-needed household items are cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, basic toiletries, baby wipes, diapers, toilet paper, mosquito repellent, and paper towels. Donations of non-perishable foods, bottled water, sports drinks, and fruit are also needed.
After Sunday, all non-perishable food items should be taken directly to Oak Meadow Baptist Church, 6905 South IH-35.
Clothing: Please take clothing donations to local Salvation Army locations.
Financial Support: The best place to donate money is the Central Texas Red Cross, which is providing shelter for displaced flooding victims and providing other crucial assistance. Please donate online at http://www.redcross.org/tx/austin and designate your funds for the Austin flood recovery.
Other local non-profit agencies looking for volunteer assistance include:
The American Red Cross of Central Texas (bilingual volunteers especially needed):http://www.redcross.org/tx/austin
Salvation Army of Austin: http://www.salvationarmytexas.org/austin/
The Austin Disaster Relief Network: http://www.ADRNTX.org or (512) 331-2200
Hands on Central Texas: http://www.handsoncentraltexas.org
If you need help or know someone who does, the following resources are available:
Joint-Assistance Center: Located at the Dove Springs Recreation Center, this is the one-stop shop for flood information and resources. The Rec Center is at 5801 Ainez Drive and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. daily.
Free Legal Clinic: Members of the Austin Bar Association and Hispanic Bar Association are offering free legal help for flood victims Friday from 3:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Perez Elementary Fall Festival. There is also a legal services table at the Dove Springs Rec Center.
Help For Pets: Evacuees that need to temporarily shelter their pets can leave them with the Austin Humane Society located at 124 W. Anderson Lane. If you are missing a pet, and have a photo of your missing pet, please email it to firstname.lastname@example.org or contact 512-646-7387.
Hazardous Materials: Please do not throw away hazardous materials. If you encounter chemicals or other dangerous waste, please call 311 for a waste pick up.
Thanks to everyone who is working night and day to help our community recover, and thanks to everyone who is assisting these relief efforts.