Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is stepping up to help those affected by the devastating aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, with an announcement that it is awarding $155,000 in immediate and unrestricted emergency funds to local organizations in Houston and across Texas and the Gulf Coast.
The grants are being awarded to 17 local organizations that provide services for marginalized and underserved segments of their communities. Accoding to BC/EFA, these organizations are often overlooked by government relief measures and hurricane relief efforts.
BC/EFA is awarding $10,000 grants to AIDS Foundation Houston, Covenant House Texas, and Legacy Community Health; with $5,000 grants sent to Brentwood Community Foundation, Casa de Esperanza de los Niños, and Fundación Latinoamericana de Acción Social.
Additional funding will go to food banks in communities directly impacted by the storm, as well as others across Texas that are providing relief for displaced individuals. Grants of $5,000 each have been awarded to Brazos Valley Food Bank in Bryan; Central Texas Food Bank in Austin; Food Bank of Corpus Christi; Food Bank of the Golden Crescent in Victoria; Food Bank of the Rio Grande Valley in McAllen; Galveston County Food Bank; Houston Food Bank; San Antonio Food Bank; and Southeast Texas Food Bank in Beaumont. An additional $5,000 has been awarded to the ASPCA of Texas for its work with shelters and rescue organizations to save, rescue, and reunite companion animals with their families.
The grants will also provide relief to the region's performing arts community. The Actors Fund will receive a $50,000 grant to provide financial assistance and resources for performing arts and entertainment professionals affected by the storm, while BC/EFA has also awarded $10,000 to Houston’s Hobby Center for the Performing Arts—a major national touring house—which sustained serious flooding during the hurricane.
Actor Michael Urie, a native of Houston, spoke on behalf of BC/EFA in a video message announcing the relief grants. It can be viewed above.
“In the best and worst of times, the Broadway community - those onstage, offstage and in the audience - are among the most generous people around,” said Paul Libin, president of the Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Board of Trustees and executive vice president of Jujamcyn Theaters. “So when tragedy and heartache strike, it comes as no surprise that this community once again looks to offer a helping hand up, a supportive shoulder and tangible assistance. On behalf of the entire theatre community, Broadway Cares is proud to quickly and responsibly assist those affected by these extraordinary events.”
“These emergency grants will reach local organizations that might be overlooked by government and other hurricane relief initiatives and for whom our unrestricted grant can be put to work immediately on the ground,” Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS Executive Director Tom Viola said. “The Broadway community reaches far beyond the few blocks of New York City’s theatre district and, once again, this community offers help to those desperate for refuge from the storm and with few places to turn.”
Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources, and generosity of the American theatre community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $285 million for essential services for people with AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.