Local Organizations Band Together to Help Residents in Underserved Communities Devastated by Winter Storm

Countless residents are currently without electricity and water, but for those who are challenged with preexisting racial and socioeconomic barriers, the impact of recent winter storms is devastatingly amplified. In addition to battling freezing temperatures, power outages, and little to no access to clean water, minority community members now face major food insecurities.

Central Texas has a history of failing to provide critical resources needed to support underserved communities

Local organizations, including The Black Leaders Collective, DAWA Fund, The Austin Area Urban League, 10,000 Fearless First Responders, and Survive to Thrive Foundation have formed a coordinated effort to help house and feed BIPOC community members who are in dire need of assistance in Travis and Williamson counties.

“Central Texas has a history of failing to provide critical resources needed to support underserved communities,” said Chas Moore with the Austin Justice Coalition. “However, politics aside, we know that individuals and families who are already faced with challenges need help, and they need it right now.”

The organizations’ collaborative effort is providing swift, critical support. Over the past four days, Black-led groups have mobilized to meet the following immediate needs:

  • Food, supply, and grocery distribution
  • Clean water
  • Diapers
  • PPE
  • Baby formula
  • Toiletries and medications
  • Blankets and socks
  • Water damage assistance
  • Triage
  • Shelters and warming centers
  • Hotel rooms
  • Safety pickups, drop-offs, and dispatch
  • Volunteer coordination

“We are willing to stand up and fight on behalf of those who need it most, but we can’t do it alone. We need your help,” said Christina Muhammed with the 10,000 Fearless First Responders.

A community support fund has been established to help house and feed minority community members severely affected by current conditions. You can help ensure individuals and families have access to warm shelter, clean water, and food by contributing.

Donations are being accepted via the Austin Community Fund. All financial support is appreciated and valued. To volunteer your time, visit the Redcross website.

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