Disaster Aid & Relief

How to Help

The following, while not an exhaustive list, includes information about relief and aid efforts, and ways to assist or donate in support of students, families, and communities affected by the recent natural disasters including the California wildfires and Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria.

To aid Californians in need following the wildfires in Northern and Southern California, the California School Boards Association (CSBA) suggests monetary donations be made to the Red Cross. Resources including crisis communication strategies and a sample policy for disaster preparedness are available on CSBA’s blog.

The Consortium of Florida Education Foundations Advancing Education in Florida (CFEF) provides a list of foundations that provide hurricane relief opportunities on its website. CFEF also suggests that contributions can be made to a statewide organization or one of the foundations serving a specific district.

The Texas Association of School Boards’ (TASB) compilation of resources to help school districts affected by recent natural disasters is available on their website. TASB also suggests contributions to a high-quality charity or organization as the most effective way of helping. TASB directs their contributions to Rebuild Texas Fund. Administrative costs and people costs are covered by the OneStar Foundation and by the Michael & Susan Dell Foundation and so 100 percent of donated funds go to relief, recovery, and rebuilding efforts. More information can be found on the Rebuild Texas Fund website.

The U.S. Virgin Islands
The Government of the Virgin Islands Board of Education (VIBE) welcomes contributions of books at all age range and levels. Reading is an important part of learning and providing students with books at this time would be very beneficial for the students of the Virgin Islands. Books may be sent to: Virgin Islands Board of Education, P.O. Box 11900, St. Thomas, Virgin Islands 00801.

Puerto Rico
The Government of Puerto Rico’s website provides information on disaster relief and links to donation opportunities. “United for Puerto Rico,” an initiative of the First Lady of Puerto Rico, has a comprehensive guide on how and where to provide aid and support for the people of Puerto Rico.


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