In light of the recent quake-wrought devastation, we think it might be helpful to pull together a list of relief organizations and charitable groups working to aid the people of Haiti. Our hearts and thoughts go out to those who are suffering in this tumultuous atmosphere, and their friends and family in the US and around the world who are hoping and praying for the safety of their loved ones.
If any corrections need to be made in the list below, please let us know in the comments. This is a hastily thrown-together list because we’d like to get the info out quickly. Thanks to all Moose who have submitted links and information. If you find anything else, please submit below.
Cheryl Mills, Counselor and Chief of Staff to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, writes:
Reports continue to pour in from all over and we are extending all our thoughts and prayers to those who have been affected.
As Secretary Clinton said earlier, the U.S. government will offer assistance to Haiti and others in the region in the form of civilian and military disaster relief and humanitarian assistance.
For those interested in helping immediately, simply text “HAITI” to “90999” and a donation of $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross to help with relief efforts, charged to your cell phone bill.
Big h/t to Shaun for bringing us this info from the Huffington Post:
U.S. President Barack Obama said on Tuesday that his “thoughts and prayers” were with the people of Haiti. “We are closely monitoring the situation and we stand ready to assist the people of Haiti,” Obama said in a statement. The Obama administration said that the State Department, USAID and the U.S. military were working to coordinate an assessment of the situation and any possible assistance.
The American Red Cross is pledging an initial $200,000 to assist communities impacted by this earthquake. They expect to provide immediate needs for food, water, temporary shelter, medical services and emotional support. They are accepting donations through their
International Response Fund.
UNICEF has issued a statement that “Children are always the most vulnerable population in any natural disaster, and UNICEF is there for them.” UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1-800-678-7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.
Victoria Fine – Haiti Earthquake Relief: How You Can Help Huffington Post 12 Jan 10
This frequently updated dKos diary by Dallasdoc has compiled an excellent list. Check it regularly for updates. An excerpt from the diary:
Direct Relief’s partners in Haiti include Partners in Health, St. Damian’s Children’s Hospital, the Visitation Hospital, Christian Aid Ministries, and Feed the Children. St. Damian’s and Partners in Health are particularly active in emergency response and have received pre-positioned materials for hurricane season, which ended November 30, and are designed to support ongoing patient care if needed. Since 2000, Direct Relief has provided more than $60 million in medical material aid to Haiti.
Oxfam International provides assistance to victims of emergencies and ongoing disasters throughout the world. They are mobilizing to provide emergency assistance to victims in Haiti, and your donations will also help people in places like Darfur as well.
I haven’t been able to find a link to direct your donation specifically to Haiti on their website.UPDATE: tbird contributes a direct link to support Oxfam’s Haiti relief effort.
Doctors Without Borders (aka Medecins Sans Frontieres or MSF) is an international group of medical professionals who work in chronically underserved countries, emergency sites and refugee camps around the world.
(H/t to John for pointing out an error in the above: Doctors Without Borders is apparently already on the ground in Haiti and sending additional help.)
Update: Check out Aid Watch (another h/t to John) for more ideas on ways to help.
Master List (Updated)
Action Against Hunger, 877-777-1420
American Red Cross, 800-733-2767
- American Friends Service Committee, 215-241-7000
American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900
Beyond Borders, 866-424-8403
Catholic Relief Services, 800-736-3467
Childcare Worldwide, 800-553-2328
Direct Relief International, 805-964-4767
Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
Feed My Starving Children, 763-504-2919
Food for the Poor, 800-427-9104
Friends of WFP, 866-929-1694
Haitian Health Foundation, 860-886-4357
Haiti Children, 877-424-8454
Haiti Marycare, 203-675-4770
Hope for Haiti, 239-434-7183
International Medical Corps, 800-481-4462
International Relief Teams, 619-284-7979
- International Rescue Committee, 877-733-8433
Medical Teams International, 800-959-4325
Meds and Food for Kids, 314-420-1634
Mennonite Central Committee, 888-563-4676
Mercy Corps, 888-256-1900
Operation USA, 800-678-7255
Partners in Health, 617-432-5298
- Portlight Strategies, 843-817-265
- Rural Haiti Project, 347-405-5552
Save the Children, 800-728-3843
- Shelter Box, 941-907-6036
- United Methodist Committee On Relief, 800-554-8583
World Concern, 800-755-5022
World Hope International, 888-466-4673
World Relief, 800-535-5433
World Vision, 888-511-6548
Yele Haiti, 212-352-0552 (Wyclef Jean’s grassroots org- Text Yele to 501 501 to donate $5 via your cellphone)
Update (couple more organizations):
Update (from WaPo):
There are several ways to donate via mobile device:
- Text the word “Yele” to 501501 to donate $5 on behalf of the Yele Haiti Foundation, founded by Haitian musician Wyclef Jean.
- Text the word “Haiti” to 85944 to donate $5 on behalf of the Rescue Union Mission and MedCorp International.
- Text the word “Haiti” to 25383 to donate $5 on behalf of the Internal Rescue Committee.
- Text the word “Haiti” to 864833 to donate $5 to United Way Worldwide’s disaster fund.
- Text the word “Haiti” to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.
- Text the word “Haiti” to 45678 (in Canada only) on behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada.
Update: The FBI warns good samaritans to be wary of scam artists looking to turn a buck off of this tragedy.
“Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause,” the FBI said, in passing along these tips:
- Ignore unsolicited e-mails, and do not click on links within those messages.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
- Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain computer viruses. Open attachments only from know senders.
- Decline to give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.
- Make contributions directly to known organizations, rather than relying on others who claim in e-mails that they will channel the donation to established groups.
The FBI says anyone receipting an e-mail that appears to be a scam should forward it to this website: Internet Crime Complaint Center.