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Helping Houston with the Power of Your Network

Helping Houston with the Power of Your Network

Hurricane season is upon us, and as Hurricane (now Tropical Storm) Harvey is battering Houston, Texas and the surrounding area, it’s left much of the rest of the country watching the news in horror and feeling helpless. In times of natural disasters, it can be difficult to know exactly how to help victims if you can’t be there on the ground physically helping people or with the ensuing clean up. It’s not unusual for people to take advantage of disasters such as this one to solicit money that may not be going directly to helping victims, leaving people feeling wary of donating in the first place.

What’s the solution?

Well, we did the research and the vetting for you to find reputable sources, foundations, and organizations that are working directly with the victims of Harvey to provide relief and resources. What can you do with that information? Share it, of course! Don’t underestimate the power of your network and the power of knowledge. There’s probably plenty of people out there who simply haven’t made a donation because they didn’t even know where to start. All the more reason for you to become the source of reliable information for people in your network, whether it be via email or social media. We know the importance of our networks, and this is a powerful way to share information under circumstances that can truly enact change and make a difference in someone’s life.

What did we do?

In an effort to raise awareness of how exactly folks in our  network can help out, we sent out an email to all of our customers and users this morning detailing exactly where funds can be donated to give direct relief to those affected by Harvey.

The list includes:

American Red Cross
Salvation Army
All Hands

You can also text HARVEY to 90999 to directly donate funds.

For those of our customers who may be located in Houston and find their businesses shut down or impacted by the storm, we’re offering credits for their Contactually account for the next month as people get back on their feet.

What can you do?

For our Contactually users, Go to the Templates tab of your account, click “Add from Library” at the top right, and search “hurricane” to download a Template sharing ways to help out with Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Send it to a bunch of contacts at once by ticking multiple checkboxes on the Contacts tab and clicking ScaleMail. Thank you for your good hearts, and remember to donate yourself, too!


For those who may not be users, it doesn’t mean you can’t use our template or the idea of our template to share information with your own network by giving them some place to go to directly donate that they can feel secure about. You can also share the same information via your social media profiles, which may end up reaching a far wider audience beyond your own personal network.

But however you choose to spread the message, we encourage you to spread it and do so quickly. Many of the people affected are in need of help as soon as possible and organizations like the Red Cross are one of the most reliable ways to provide relief. While we wish we could be on the ground helping those in Texas and the surrounding area, giving just the smallest amount can add up to making all the difference in someone’s life in this trying time.

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Zvi Band

Zvi is the founder and CEO of Contactually, and an active advocate for entrepreneurship in the DC region.

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