Help is still needed for the Austin community
The electricity is on and the water is back for most of Austin, but help is still needed across the community.
Austin, Texas – – The electricity is on and the water is back for most of Austin, but help is still needed across the community.
“It’s been an uninterrupted affair here, but we know the effects of this winter storm will be felt for weeks,” said Vanessa Fuentes, a member of Austin City Council, District 2.
“I don’t want people to think the weather is changing and we’re not in because we are not. There are short-term immediate needs, then there is this medium range of needs and then there are the long ones,” Quincy said Dunlap, President and CEO of the Austin Area Urban League.
Some of the short-term needs were met by a pop-up distributor at Mendez Middle School in southeast Austin on Monday.
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Food and water distributed in Austin after the winter storm
Volunteers from the Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex distributed food and water to the people on February 21st. Credit: @kipg via Storyful
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“Famine relief is the greatest need. This is a humanitarian crisis. Every place we’ve got up, people are waiting in line before it starts wanting a box of food and a box of water,” said Fuentes. who helped distribute food and water on Monday at Mendez Middle School.
The city guides said they realized early on that they couldn’t wait for help from those on high.
“The state or federal government has not moved fast enough to meet the needs of our community and to cope with the scale of this disaster,” said Fuentes.
In fact, much of the relief in Austin this week came from local nonprofits, businesses, and neighbors.
The Central Texas Food Bank served more than 2,200 households on Saturday
Hundreds lined up in the Del Valle High School parking lot Saturday for the Central Texas Food Bank’s food distribution.
“I was blown away by the way the community really gathered and mobilized. I mean, it was just amazing and it’s about the community helping the community,” said Fuentes.
“Anyone can do something. You may not have $ 10 to give, maybe you have a brand new pair of gloves somewhere. It’s as important as your ability to give $ 5,” said Dunlap.
Local nonprofits said the troubles will continue after the water and electricity return.
Eventually, families who lost paychecks had to throw away rotten food or deal with burst pipes and water leaks.
Thanks to the Austin community, you don’t have to deal with this alone.
Central Texas is facing water shortages due to the severe winter weather
District and city officials have worked around the clock to fetch water from across the country and bring it to Austin.
“We are still here and the service is on. So we will keep donations for as long as people have a need,” said Dunlap.
A list of organizations helping in Austin can be found here.
Local leaders like Fuentes also post volunteer opportunities on social media as soon as they emerge.