The State Alliance of Rhode Island YMCAs donates $5,000 to the YMCA of Greater Houston’s Support Harvey Relief Efforts. The City of Houston is experiencing unprecedented flooding from Tropical Storm Harvey. Donations to the Y’s Relief Effort will help provide the families and individuals who come to the Houston YMCA with basic needs in this time of crises.

“As part of the State Alliance of Rhode Island YMCAs we stand behind our Houston Y brothers and sisters as they work to rebuild their community,” said Mike Miller, CEO of Newport County YMCA in a news release.

“We are grateful for the support of your YMCAs, and many Ys around the country during this time of great need. Thank you for lifting us up. And, thank you for sharing the donation options with your Y family as well. The support we are receiving is tremendous. But, so are the needs around us,” said Ray Purvis, Senior Vice President for Organizational Advancement of YMCA of Greater Houston in the release.

In addition to the YMCA of Greater Houston providing provisions to those affected by Harvey, they are also creating a safe space for families to send their children during this time of need. The YMCA of Greater Houston will open 10 traditional day camp programs throughout the Houston area from September 5-8 for parents who need childcare and for kids to have some fun and regain a sense of normalcy. At the camps, children will have a chance to participate in sports, swimming, arts and crafts, STEM projects, literacy and build new friendships. The Houston Food Bank will provide breakfast, lunch and snacks.

If you would like to donate to the Support Harvey Relief Effort please text HOUSTON to 91999, or visit

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Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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