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One America Appeal - Helping Hurricane Victims

What is the One America Appeal?

The One America Appeal is a joint appeal by all five living former American Presidents to encourage their fellow citizens to support recovery efforts from Hurricane Harvey — which inundated the Texas Gulf Coast with unprecedented flooding. This special appeal will be expanded to include Hurricane Irma now approaching the mainland United States.


Will the One America Appeal also help Americans affected by Hurricane Irma?

Yes, preparations are in place to do so. What started as a specific appeal to address historic flood damage in Texas will be expanded to help victims from both storms. The nature of that assistance will be dictated in large measure by the storm’s track and impact

Why did the former Presidents decide to launch the One America Appeal?

The former Presidents were inspired to come together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey, which unleashed devastating flooding — and spurred thousands of first responders and neighbors into action. More than one million people have been displaced by Harvey, which has caused up to $180 billion in damages to over 200,000 homes over a 300-mile path of destruction.

If I make a donation today, where does my money go?

All donations made today will go to help victims of Hurricane Harvey in Texas through (1) the Houston Harvey Relief Fund focusing on the greater Houston region, and (2) the Rebuild Texas Fund assisting communities across the state.

Can I mail a check?

Yes. Checks to the One America Appeal may be mailed to:

GBPLF One America Appeal
Post Office Box 14141
College Station, Texas 77841-4141
*Checks should be payable to "GBPLF One America Appeal"

Is the One America Appeal a new fund?

No. All funds collected through the One America Appeal will go into a special account at the George H. W. Bush Presidential Library Foundation, a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) organization, to ensure 100 cents out of every dollar donated goes to hurricane victims. All monies collected will be distributed immediately to the designated recovery funds. All donations will also be tax-deductible.

Are public tax dollars involved in this project?

No. This is a private effort led by distinguished private citizens to raise private dollars that will supplement ongoing relief and recovery efforts underway at all levels of government.

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