September 01, 2017

Hurricane Harvey Relief: We're In This Together

bethany rosebrock at red cross shelter in temple
Bethany Rosebrock from our Temple office volunteering at a local shelter.

Our mission as a cooperative lender is to support agriculture and rural communities through the good times, and the bad. We believe that we're all in this together, and together we're better.

our robstown office hosted a donation drive
Our Robstown office hosted a donation drive.

Well... we couldn't believe this any more than what we do now. Texas has been through a natural disaster of utterly historic proportions. Flooding, winds... it's been ugly.
You know what though? Through the ugliness has come more beauty than we could even imagine. Men and women spending time in prayer, giving their time, money and selves to give back to those in need.

lagrange office serving
LaGrange office serving breakfast at a local Red Cross Shelter.

Companies selflessly opening up their doors and opening up their pockets... We have risen together as communities, a state, even a nation by joining together in service and love.

We cooked over 1,800 meals in Silsbee for residents and first responders.
We cooked over 1,800 meals in Silsbee for residents and first responders.
We thank everyone from the bottom of our hearts for loving on our State, and your fellow man. We also ask that you not forget those in need. Recovery will not be immediate and your continued thoughts, prayers, as well as open hearts, pockets and giving of time will be still much appreciated.

We vow to continue to make a difference in the communities we so willingly serve. Will you join us?

Should you feel inclined, we've gathered several reputable organizations and efforts that are worth checking out:

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster

Texas Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (TXVOAD) is the Texas affilate of National Voluntary Organizatons Active in Disaster (NVOAD). TXVOAD consists of organizations that have a role in one or more phases of disaster throughout the State. TXVOAD works collaboratively with local, regional and national nonprofits, faith-based organizations, and governmental partners to coordinate disaster relief, response, and recovery. See HERE for more information.


The STAR Fund (State of Texas Agriculture Relief Fund) was created to assist farmers and ranchers in rebuilding fences, restoring operations and paying for other agricultural disaster relief. See HERE for more information.

Texas Animal Health Commission/ Texas AgriLife Extension Service

Texas Animal Health Commission's Animal Response Operation Coordination Center and Texas AgriLife Extension Service have established hotlines for folks looking to donate, volunteer, offer animal shelter or relocation. Call 512-719-0799 or 979-845-7800 to make a donation.

Texas Farm Bureau Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund

Texas Farm Bureau's Agriculture Research and Education Foundation is accepting tax-deductible donations to aid in the relief effort following the devastation from Hurricane Harvey.

This fund will collect and distribute monetary contributions only. One hundred percent of the donations to this fund will be dispersed via an application process directly to farmers and ranchers located in counties that have been designated as disaster areas by the federal government for this event. See HERE for information.

4-H Supports Texas

Local 4-H clubs are hosting supply drives where items can be delivered quickly and efficiently to the storm zone. They are also facilitating a monetary campaign to directly support 4-H club and county programs in the hurricane affected area. See HERE for information.

Samaritan's Purse

Samaritan's Purse is a nondenominational Christian group that provides emergency aid as well as the spiritual needs of folks during natural disasters, and stay behind to help rebuild and/or restore. This group is setting up volunteer bases around Victoria, Rockport/Portland, Galveston/Santa Fe, and two in Houston to aid in the relief efforts. See HERE for more information.