September 1, 2017 (Sacramento, CA) – The members of Receivables Management Association (RMA) have kept close in mind those affected by Tropical Storm Harvey.
The storm resulted in widespread devastation and thousands of displaced families. FEMA has stated that recovery will take multiple years. While no amount of time can fully heal the physical and emotional toll of a disaster of such magnitude, RMA recommends all members temporarily suspend collection calls and communications to consumers in the affected area. Those in the Houston metroplex and Louisiana should be given space to focus on the primary needs of their families; it will take time before many regain a level of normalcy.
Several of our members have indicated a desire to reach out to RMA family experiencing duress. Many businesses are in need of office space in order for employees to continue earning a living during this time of hardship. Please contact RMA if you are able to offer support to your fellow members; RMA will put you in touch with members in need.
RMA encourages its members to consider volunteer and fundraising efforts for those affected by the storm. Share your stories with RMA, so we may inspire others to give, as well. Whether it’s your time, talents, funds, or office space, there is always a way to give back.
To help those affected by this natural disaster, please consider donations to the following humanitarian groups:
- Donations to the Red Cross can be made online at RedCross.org/donate, or text “HARVEY” to 90999. The Red Cross is currently serving about 130,000 meals per day in the affected area.
- Donations to the Salvation Army can be made online at Give.SalvationArmyUSA.org.
- All Hands is a nonprofit with staff on the ground in Texas, and is in contact with emergency management officials about assisting in the response and recovery. You can give at Hands.org.
- The Houston Humane Society is helping to care for and shelter pets in the area. You can give at HoustonHumane.org. The Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals of Texas is doing the same. You can donate at SPCA.org.
- The Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund is administered by the Greater Houston Community Foundation. To make a tax-deductible donation, visit the GHCF website.
- Tax-deductible donations to the Houston Food Bank will help feed victims. Click here to donate.
- Texas Diaper Bank is working to meet the basic needs of vulnerable babies, children with disabilities, and seniors. Contributions are tax-deductible.
About Receivables Management Association International
Receivables Management Association International (RMA) is the nonprofit trade association that represents more than 550 companies that purchase or support the purchase of performing and nonperforming receivables on the secondary market. The Receivables Management Certification Program and Code of Ethics set the global standard within the receivables industry due to its rigorous uniform industry standards of best practice which focus on the protection of the consumer. RMA provides its members with extensive networking, educational, and business development opportunities in asset classes that span numerous industries. The association continually sets the standard in the receivables management industry through its highly effective grassroots advocacy, conferences, committees, task forces, publications, webinars, teleconferences, and breaking news alerts. Founded in 1997 as the Debt Buyers Association, RMA is headquartered in Sacramento, California.