Vetted organizations helping specific groups affected by Harvey

There are a lot of people in Colorado who want to help out folks in Houston, but there are also bad people trying to take advantage of that generosity.

KUSA - As flooding resulting from Hurricane Harvey continues to devastate parts of Texas, Coloradans are looking for ways to assist the people affected.

There is a large number of organizations helping during this disastrous time, we categorized a variety of groups looking for support.

HELP GENERAL RELIEF EFFORTS

There are well-known organizations requesting donations, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, GlobalGiving and the Catholic Charities USA, which aid in the general relief efforts.

Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner also established the Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund to gather flood relief donations for victims.

But if you want to direct your money to more specific causes, there are many other groups seeking donations.

HELP A SPECIFIC COMMUNITY

United Way of Greater Houston established a relief fund and people can choose a specific county to help.

HELP KIDS

Save The Children is accepting donations to provide services and supplies to children and their families.

HELP PATIENTS

People can also donate blood to help Harvey victims, including at Bonfils Blood Center in Colorado.

You can visit their website or call at 303-363-2300 to make an appointment, and walk-ins are also welcomed.

HELP PETS

Animal shelters and rescues are accepting donations to care for the pets of evacuees, including the SPCA of Texas and the San Antonio Humane Society.

HELP PROVIDE SHELTER

If you or someone you know has a place to stay near the affected areas, Airbnb launched a page for people looking for shelter, and is waiving service fees for people affected by the disaster.

HOW TO AVOID SCAMS

For information on how to check the legitimacy of a charity, you can go to our story about what to do before making donations.

As part of a company-wide effort with our parent company, TEGNA, 9NEWS is participating in a 9Cares for Texas Telethon on Wednesday, Aug. 30.

All the money raised will go to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey fund.

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