29 Aug, 2017, 08:28 ET
NEW YORK, Aug. 29, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- DonorsChoose.org has established a special recovery fund to help Gulf Coast teachers and students in classrooms impacted by Hurricane Harvey. Individuals can give at www.donorschoose.org/hurricane-harvey, and donations will be used to help teachers gather the supplies they need to rebuild their classrooms, including books; basic materials such as paper, crayons, and pencils; and other recovery resources.
"For the thousands of students and teachers in Hurricane Harvey's path, school will be their safe haven and the first sign that life is returning to normal," said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose.org. "While it may be a long road to recovery, the DonorsChoose.org community is prepared to help our Gulf Coast educators, just as our donors and partners have helped other communities respond to natural disasters before."
DonorsChoose.org has previously helped raise over $2.5 million to help teachers recover after Superstorm Sandy, tornadoes in Moore, Okla., and Joplin, Mo., and last year's historic flooding in Louisiana.
DonorsChoose.org is the leading platform for giving to public schools. Teachers across America use the site to create projects requesting resources their students need, and donors give to the projects that inspire them. Since its founding by a Bronx teacher in 2000, more than 2.7 million people and partners have given $560 million to projects reaching 23 million students. Unique among crowdfunding platforms, the DonorsChoose.org team vets each project request and ships resources directly to the school. Every donor receives photos of their project in action, thank-yous from the classroom, and a cost report showing how every dollar was spent. DonorsChoose. org was the first charity to make the top 10 on Fast Company's list of the Most Innovative Companies in the World. Visit www.donorschoose.org to learn more.
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