Hurricane Harvey, a devastating tropical storm that hit Texas late Friday, has left thousands of residents stranded amidst record-level floods. To date, this is the most catastrophic disaster in Texas’ history, with damages expected to amount to $160 billion. In response, YouCaring has teamed up with Major League Baseball (MLB) to bring much-needed aid and assistance to the greater Houston area. This effort between YouCaring and MLB marks our first joint disaster-relief initiative since our official partnership began in July of this year.
“The level of devastation and lives impacted by Hurricane Harvey is significant and heartbreaking,” said Melanie LeGrande, Vice President of Social Responsibility at Major League Baseball. “Major League Baseball, its Clubs and players, many of whom hail from the affected areas, are committed to providing financial and in-kind support for immediate relief, as well as long-term recovery and rebuilding efforts. We are proud to work alongside YouCaring to encourage our fans to support our neighbors in need. Our thoughts and prayers continue to stay with the families and communities affected by the impact of the storm.”
YouCaring and Major League Baseball first partnered in early April in the hopes of bringing crowdfunding to the Big Leagues. Teams and players can set up free fundraisers for individuals or charities they support, harnessing the power of their local communities to serve the greater good — whether that’s for disaster-relief or helping a longtime fan fight cancer.
Clubs and players across the league have sprung into action to support those affected by Hurricane Harvey. We ask that you join us in supporting the city of Houston and surrounding areas by making a donation to any of the following campaigns.
Beneficiary: American Red Cross
MLB has pledged $1 million towards the Hurricane Harvey disaster relief and recovery efforts, and all funds donated via the YouCaring page will go directly to the American Red Cross.
Beneficiary: Astros Foundation
All funds collected here will go to the Houston Astros Foundation and will be distributed to local nonprofits to help with their relief efforts. As of now, Jim Crane, the Astros Ownership, and the Astros Foundation have already donated $4 million to Hurricane Harvey relief efforts.
Beneficiary: Cardinals Care (St. Louis Cardinals Community Fund)
Cardinals Care has established a fund expressly for children affected by the storm. The Cardinals will make a $10,000 donation every time Matt Carpenter, a native of the Texas coastal city Galveston, hits a home run from now until the end of the 2017 season.
Beneficiary: American Red Cross
Minnesota Twins players are asking Twins fans to help with relief efforts in Houston and the Texas Gulf Coast Region. This campaign is being led by Minnesota Twin Brian Dozier.
Beneficiary: Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund
The Lowrie family is looking to do what Lowries do best… double. Jed and Milessa Lowrie are challenging A’s fans to raise funds for the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, established by Houston Major Sylvester Turner in response to the devastation in Houston. The Lowrie’s will be matching up to $25k to the effort.
Beneficiary: Houston Food Bank
Goal: $70k (and rising)
Houston natives Anthony Rendon and Matt Albers of the Washington Nationals are raising money for the Houston Food Bank and other local Houston shelters that desperately need aid and assistance.
Beneficiary: Padres Foundation
All funds collected here will go to the Padres Foundation fund, which will match donations dollar for dollar up to $25,000. All funds raised will then be distributed to the American Red Cross in support of the Hurricane Harvey relief and recovery efforts.
Beneficiary: American Red Cross & Hurricane Harvey Relief
All funds donated to Pirates Charities will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $25,000.
Beneficiary: Houston Food Bank and Habitat for Humanity
Outfielder and Houston native, Chris Young, is leading the Red Sox fundraising initiatives as the entire team rallies around Harvey relief efforts. The players have already raised $100,000 and are looking to double that number to raise a total of $200,000 in support of those in need.
Looking for more ways to help? Read six steps to running a successful disaster relief fund.