Hurricane Help for Houston

To help with rescue efforts in the battered area around Houston and southeast Texas, the nonprofit East End Cares has partnered with Team Rubicon, a nationwide nongovernment organization that unites military veterans with first responders for rapid emergency responses.

As of noon Tuesday, Team Rubicon volunteers had rescued at least 35 residents. Three additional boat teams are expected to join the search and rescue effort tomorrow, and operations will continue for the next three to four days.

To support these efforts, East End Cares is raising money and is looking to send its own team of volunteers. Information about the organization can be found on its Facebook page, which was set up by Melissa Berman of Montauk. Under its aegis she helped coordinate relief on Long Island after Hurricane Sandy and has traveled to Lesbos in Greece.

To help the efforts of East End Cares and Team Rubicon, donations can be made at

In addition, the East Hampton School District will hold a clothing drive and bake sale on Saturday, Sept. 9, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the high school on Long Lane in East Hampton to raise money for Houston relief.

Debbie Mansir, the programs coordinator, has asked that women’s, men’s, and children’s clothes be separated before being dropped off. One hundred percent of the proceeds will go  to rescue efforts.

For more information and to donate, residents can call Ms. Mansir at 631-329-6462.