DonorsChoose.org has created recovery funds to directly support teachers in classrooms that have been damaged in the wake of Hurricane Harvey and Irma.
Detailed information about ordering holds and funding by school/district:
How can donors support the effort?
Donors can make an unrestricted donation to projects that qualify for the Hurricane Harvey Recovery match offer or the Hurricane Irma Recovery Fund that will be applied to classroom projects as soon as they are posted by teachers in damaged schools. Once projects are posted, we’ll also display them on the same page so that donors may select specific classrooms that they wish to support.
How will you go about funding classrooms?
We will apply recovery funds to projects from schools that experienced significant damage during the hurricanes, helping teachers reclaim items lost in the storm and/or helping classrooms relocating to another facility. We’ll also add projects from damaged schools to the recovery fund page so that other donors can easily find them. See detailed information about which schools will be featured on the Hurricane Harvey or Hurricane Irma FAQ page.
Teachers at schools severely damaged by the storm: You can create a project for the supplies you need to rebuild your classroom and our team will add it to our recovery fund page (if you don’t yet have an account on DonorsChoose.org, get started here). It helps to describe within your project the impact of the hurricane at your school. We’ll apply recovery funds to projects using the guidelines above, first funding projects at schools severely damaged by the storms.
How teachers around the US can help
We know teachers step up to the plate when disaster strikes, and we’ve started to see projects submitted from teachers around the country for materials to send to hurricane-affected areas. In order to remain transparent to our donors about where exactly materials will be going, we aren’t able to approve projects requesting materials to ship directly to hurricane-affected schools. This isn't to limit the impulse to give; rather it allows us to make sure that the materials get to the right place as quickly as possible, that we're able to provide support in the event that those shipments get delayed or if materials arrive damaged, and that we’re able to be transparent about where resources are being sent.
The best way to support teachers in affected areas is to help them in posting projects of their own. This way we can be clear with donors about where their support is going, we can help fund their project through our recovery fund, and make sure there's someone on the ground to take care of the materials as they arrive.