Now a tropical depression, Hurricane Harvey continues to displace hundreds of thousands of families in Texas as it makes its way over to the State of Louisiana. As an agency that works with children and families in personal crisis, Family Services knows firsthand about loss, grief, and devastation and asks that you contribute toward relief efforts through “Forsyth 4 Houston.”
Today, United Way of Forsyth County announced that it will contribute $100,000 to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts – $50K to Red Cross for immediate needs and $50K to the United Way of Greater Houston for long-term recovery. The donation was made on behalf of the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County community out of UWFC‘s Emergency Fund, which is held or situations such as this one. These funds are not available to be allocated to agencies within the community. The $100,000 is also a challenge match to the community to raise at least $200,000. Now, through September 21, each dollar contributed by the community will be matched by UWFC (up to $100,000). United Way has opened a campaign at https://www.crowdrise.com/ – search for “Forsyth 4 Houston” or “United Way of Forsyth County.” Contributions will be publicly tracked on the site and donors and UWFC will monitor how close the community is to the goal. The campaign will close on September 21, the day before Moonlight Madness, United Way’s annual campaign kick-off.
“Our community is stronger when we serve, donate, and advocate together in unity as one voice. We hope that people who feel called or led to participate in Harvey relief efforts will support United Way’s challenge match campaign,” said Michelle Speas, Chief Development and Public Relations Officer.