Roanoke, VA – As the residents of Houston, TX and surrounding area begin recovery efforts in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, many are looking for a way to help. It is important to donate wisely to ensure that your money is not falling in the hands of opportunists wishing to cash in on the misfortune of others. Several crowd-funding accounts have already been set up and may show up in social media feeds. Sadly, these are not always legitimate as anyone can set up such a campaign.
Virginia requires charities to be registered with the Office of Charitable and Regulatory Programs before soliciting in Virginia. There are nearly 25,000 charities that are currently registered in VA. See www.vdacs.virginia.gov for a complete list.
The Better Business Bureau and BBB Wise Giving Alliance are advising people to help as much as they can in the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts, but to do so with caution and make sure their donations get to the people who need it most. Click here for BBB tips on how you can give wisely in the wake of this tragedy.
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