I am writing this letter to request you to help our fellow Texans who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey. While many are now back in their homes in Greater Houston area, many Houston residents have taken shelter in facilities in and around Dallas.
DFW Hindu Temple Ekta Mandir Society is committed to assisting those affected by heavy rains, flooding and destruction caused by hurricane Harvey. We are in the process of forming an alliance with a Houston based group to help serve those most in need.
There are multiple ways for you to help us in our effort to help affected citizens.
Monetary Donations: DFW Hindu Temple Ekta Mandir Society will match monetary donations up to $2500 received from all devotees combined towards Hurricane Harvey fund. Donations can be made in person or online by credit card, check or cash.
Volunteers: We encourage temple devotees to help in various locations around town where evacuees are housed. Help is needed around the clock on all days of the week. Volunteers must register and undergo background check before they can help. Background check process is not long and can take about one day to complete.
Register at https://www.voly.org/disaster/index.html to initiate the volunteering process at Dallas Convention Center. The online volunteer process is being managed by Voly.org. First you must create an account and submit an online application. You will be notified by email once your application is received. A background check is required, so please request for a background check, once your online application has been submitted. Once the background check is approved, you will be able to sign up for Hurricane Harvey Opportunities on their website as they become available.
American Red Cross also is accepting volunteers. Register online (http://www.redcross.org/volunteer-interest-form) now. It takes at least 24 hours for your background check and then you will be notified how you can help.
Blood drive: DFW Hindu Temple Ekta Mandir Society will be hosting a blood drive on Sunday October 8th from 11:00am to 3:00pm at the temple premises.
On behalf of all those in need, we thank you for your donations, time and efforts.
President, DFW Hindu Temple Ekta Mandir Society