Helping Out with Hurricane Harvey

All of us are sharing feelings of concern and helplessness as we watch the continued devastating effects of Hurricane Harvey. The compassion and generosity that is needed worldwide for the victims of this disaster will continue for many weeks and months.

Many of you may be wondering how you can help. That’s great – that’s who we are as Nebraskans. We are communicating with our colleagues across the University of Nebraska to coordinate a systemwide approach that will be more effective by working together.

Nebraskans know what it's like to need help, and to help, in the wake of a natural disaster, and we are confident that many will give generously in this critical time for Texas and the Gulf Coast.

University of Nebraska at Kearney
University of Nebraska - Lincoln
University of Nebraska Medical Center
University of Nebraska Omaha


Statement from President Bounds and the Chancellors (August 30, 2017)

“Many of us have watched the devastation unfold in Houston with a growing sense of concern for the people who have had their lives, homes, businesses and schools upended. At the University of Nebraska, we’re a family – and we’ve shown time and again that when our fellow human beings are in need, we’re ready to join hands and help however we can.

Now, Houston needs help. We’ve reached out to leadership in the areas affected by Hurricane Harvey to ask about supplies, services and other opportunities for aid. Even as we work to determine the specifics, there are ways each of us can help right now. We hope you’ll consider making a donation to the American Red Cross, and we invite you to visit for additional information on how to support relief efforts there. We’ll update the website as more information on the University of Nebraska’s involvement in Houston and ideas on how you can help become available.

The students, faculty and staff of the University of Nebraska make up a remarkable community – one that’s strongest when our values of caring and compassion are on display. We hope you’ll join us in supporting the people of Houston in whatever way you can, whether a thought or prayer, a donation or some other contribution. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.”

Hank M. Bounds, Ph.D.
President, University of Nebraska

Jeffrey P. Gold, M.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska Medical Center and
University of Nebraska at Omaha

Ronnie D. Green, Ph.D
Chancellor, University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Doug Kristensen, J.D.
Chancellor, University of Nebraska at Kearney


More Information on How You Can Assist

If any Husker, Loper, Maverick or UNMC student, faculty, staff or alumni would like to help, our recommendation is to donate to the Red Cross through this giving site. Relief agencies like the Red Cross--that are skilled and resourced to respond to disasters like these--need to do their job and work to support the first-responders.

Here are other relief organizations at work in Texas right now:

American Red Cross
All Hands Volunteers
Greater Houston Community Fund
Salvation Army of Texas
SPCA of Texas


Spreading the Word

If you are a University of Nebraska campus organization providing assistance for Hurricane Harvey and are on social media, please consider tagging your posts with #NUforHouston and/or using the social graphic below.