Xeno Causes: All Hands Hurricane Response
For our 20th anniversary, throughout 2017, Xeno Media is implementing Xeno Causes. Each staff member chooses a charity near and dear to them and Xeno Media:
- Makes a cash donation to the charity
- Publicizes the charity through our blog and social media
Our August Xeno Cause is All Hands Hurricane Harvey Response as selected by Kevin Munday.
In their words:
All Hands Volunteers’ Response Team is currently in a staging position outside of San Antonio, Texas, in readiness to launch a major response to Hurricane Harvey. Our hearts are heavy as we witness the scenes of destruction and contemplate the losses of life, of homes, of most of what families hold dear. These losses will mount dramatically in coming days as the slow-moving storm unloads historic amounts of rain on a large swath of the state. The dangerous work currently underway by first responders and state and federal search and rescue units has our deepest respect and appreciation.
All Hands' work is the essential next step after the life-saving work of emergency responders winds down. We are in contact with FEMA, state emergency management officials and Texas VOAD to determine where our services are needed most.
This is our largest disaster response to date, as we will operate within multiple impacted areas. Therefore, your support is critical.
Why Kevin supports All Hands Hurricane Harvey Relief:
Hurricane Harvey is a national disaster and a local tragedy. As a nation we are watching its progress and devastation through the media while following affected friends and family on social media and hoping for their relief.
All Hands is on the ground in South Texas now. Also importantly, All Hands is dedicated to following through on rebuilding and mitigation efforts. Their model includes volunteer and financial resources as well as long-term policy advocacy. Their efforts will continue to have significant impact for affected families, and the area, in the long run.
All Hands is a well-run, Charity Navigator 4-star organization--with nearly 90% of funds applied directly to programs.