The news and images from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma have been heartbreaking. In true credit union spirit, many members have asked how they can help.
There are many channels for providing aid. Unfortunately, some people take advantage of disasters to solicit funds under false pretenses. It is important to verify that any organization you help is legitimate. Consumer Reports and Charity Watch are two examples of organizations that provide evaluations that could be helpful to you.
One great way of supporting Firefighters and other first responders is to donate to the International Association of Fire Fighters Foundation at www.iaff.org
Other examples of ways to contribute include:
- Donating money or blood to the Red Cross
- Donating money to the Humane Society of America
Additionally, the National Credit Union Foundation has activated an online disaster relief system, CUAid.coop, to raise money for credit union members, employees, and volunteers in the disaster areas. You can find information and donate at cuaid.coop.