Your Hispanic Chamber urges you to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey!

As you may know, thousands of our beloved fellow Texans have been affected by Hurricane Harvey, especially in Houston, Rockport, Corpus Christi and the Gulf Coast. Thousands have been displaced or are still awaiting evacuation assistance and many homes have been destroyed. Special thanks to all of the first responders risking their lives to save others. 

The San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce knows that at times like these, our members truly come together to help each other. Our phones have been ringing all day with members like you who want to know how you can help. We wanted to share some resources from our trusted partners at this time of different ways that you can help:

1. Donate Blood: The South Texas Blood and Tissue Center has less than one day’s supply of blood due to demand increase. To donate, call 210-731-5590 or go online at

2. Give Funds: The American Red Cross is collecting funds to help victims throughout Texas. Text the word “HARVEY” 90999 to donate $10. H-E-B and Central Market stores across Texas launched a statewide tear pad campaign, giving customers an opportunity to support victims through donations of $1, $3, or $5, which can be added to their total grocery bill.

3. Volunteer Your Time: Call 210-224-5151, the San Antonio Red Cross, to volunteer and receive training for service in shelters and with evacuees. To volunteer with Crisis Clean Up, visit their website. To request cleanup assistance, call the Texas Hotline at 844-965-1386 for post-disaster clean-up. Hotlines are scheduled to be open until Sept. 15th.

4. Collect Donation Items: Our members at Woodforest National Bank, who are nationally headquartered in Houston, are leading a collection effort for nonperishable food items. Items can be dropped off at any Woodforest National Bank branch, located in Walmart stores.  For more information, call Janelle Davila at 210-691-5355. 

Separately, the City of San Antonio has a sent out an urgent need for water, baby food, diapers, flashlights & batteries, new or packaged clothing (no used clothes will be accepted at this time), hygiene items, and cleaning supplies.

Please deliver items to one of the following locations:

  • District 1 Field Office, 1310 Vance Jackson, open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • District 2 Field Office, 2805 E. Commerce, open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • District 3 Field Office, 3319 Sidney Brooks, open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • District 4 Field Office, 5102 Old Pearsall Rd, open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • District 5 Field Office, Collins Garden Library – 200 N. Park and Las Palmas – 803 Castroville Rd., Suite 218, open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • District 6 Field Office, 8373 Culebra Rd., Suite 202, open 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • District 7 Field Office, 4414 Centerview, Suite 160, open 9:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • District 8 Field Office, 9830 Colonnade, Suite 165, open 8:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
  • District 9 Field Office, 16500 San Pedro, Suite 290, open 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
  • District 10 Field Office, 1635 NE Loop 410, open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

5. Share Information Widely:  Encourage those who have the capacity to acquire the app ReadySouthTexas for up-to-date information.  The app is free for Android and Apple users in the Google Play Store and Apple App Store.

If you know small  business owners who have been displaced by Hurricane Harvey, please connect them with Elizabeth Eguia-Garcia at (210) 693-9366 at our Maestro Entrepreneur Center, the Hispanic Chamber’s Small Business Accelerator. They are offering temporary office space (with Wi-Fi) at no cost to those small business owners who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Our members at VentureX San Antonio also have limited space available at no cost for displaced victims. 

Thank you to each of you for going out of your way to help our fellow Texans who are in need. In such divisive political times, it is great to see all Americans coming together to lend a helping hand to families impacted by this disaster.