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How you can help Haitian earthquake victims


For U.S. citizens wondering about their family in Haiti, the U.S. State Department has set up a phone line: 1-888-407-4747. Outside of the U.S. and Canada, call 1-202-501-4444. Because of the high volume, the department has established an e-mail address for people trying to contact their U.S. citizen friends and relatives in Haiti. Send inquiries to: For a list of the required information needed to locate someone, go to the department's Web site:

The department also links to a "person finder" powered by Google to search for information about someone or to provide information about someone in Haiti.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has set up a special Web site to help people within Haiti and abroad who have lost contact with their loved ones:


Mark donations for Haiti earthquake relief, if you want money to go to this specific disaster.

Action Against Hunger: Phone: 1-877-777-1420. Address: 247 West 37th Street, 10th fl., New York, NY 10018.

Adventist Development and Relief Agency: Phone: 1-800-424-2372. Address: 12501 Old Columbia Pike, Silver Spring, MD 20904.

American Friends Service Committee: Phone: 1-888-588-2372. Address: 1501 Cherry St., Philadelphia, PA 19102.

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee: Phone: (212) 687-6200. Address: JDC-Haiti Earthquake Relief, P.O. Box 530, 132 E 43rd St., New York, NY 10017.

American Jewish World Service: Phone: (212) 792-2900. Address: 45 W 36th St., 11th floor, New York, NY 10018-7904.

American Red Cross (through American Red Cross International Response Fund): Text "HAITI" to 90999 and $10 will be sent to the Red Cross and charged to your cell phone (in addition to standard phone charges). Phone: 1-800-733-2767 or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Address: P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013.

AmeriCares (disaster relief and humanitarian aid): Phone: 1-800-486-4357. Address: 88 Hamilton Ave., Stamford, CT 06902.

Baptist World Alliance/Baptist World Aid: Phone: (703) 790-8980. Address: 405 N Washington St., Falls Church, VA 22046.

B'nai B'rith International: Phone: 1-800-573-9057. Address: 2020 K St. NW, Seventh Floor, Washington, DC 20006.

Brother's Brother Foundation (medical supplies): Phone: (412) 321-3160. Address: 1200 Galveston Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15233.

CARE: Phone 1-800-521-2273. Address: 151 Ellis St., Atlanta, GA 30303.

Catholic Relief Services: Phone: 1-800-736-3467. Address: P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21203-7190.

Covenant World Relief (Evangelical Covenant Church; water, food and medicine): Phone: (773) 784-3000. Address: 5101 N Francisco Ave., Chicago IL 60625.

Cross International: Phone: 1-800-391-8545. Address: 600 SW Third St., Suite 2201, Pompano Beach, FL 33060.

Direct Relief International (medical supplies and direct aid): Phone: 1-800-676-1638. Text "Give10" to 20222 and a $10 donation will be charged to your cell phone (along with standard charges.) Address: 27 S La Patera Lane, Santa Barbara, CA 93117.

Doctors Without Borders (medical aid; U.S. chapter): Phone: 1-888-392-0392. Adress: P.O. Box 5030, Hagerstown, MD 21741-5030.

Episcopal Relief and Development: Phone: 1-800-334-7626, Ext. 5129. Address: P.O. Box 7058, Merrifield, VA 22116-7058.

Global Action (Christian ministry/relief; focusing on medical supplies): Phone: 1-888-725-3707. Address: 7660 Doddard St., Suite 200, Colorado Springs, CO 80920.

International Medical Corps (medical care, emergency services): Phone: 1-800-481-4462. Address: 1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400, Santa Monica, CA 90404.

International Red Cross (headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland):

International Rescue Committee (medical supplies): Phone: 1-877-733-8433. Address: P.O. Box 98152, Washington DC 20090-8152.

Islamic Relief USA: Phone: 1-888-479-4968. Address: P.O. Box 5640, Buena Park, CA 90622.

Lutheran World Relief: Phone: 1-800-597-5972. Address: P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832.

Mercy Corps: Phone: 1-888-256-1900. Address: P.O. Box 2669, Portland OR 97208-2669.

Operation Helping Hands, a joint community project of the Miami Herald and United Way-Miami, will be collecting donations for the relief effort in Haiti. To make a contribution, go to

Operation Smile (donations and medical volunteers): Phone: 1-888-677-6453. Address: 6435 Tidewater Dr., Norfolk, VA 23509.

Operation USA (relief and development): Phone: 1-800-678-7255. Address: 3617 Hayden Avenue, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232.

Oxfam (Oxfam America): Phone: 1-800-776-9326. Address: 226 Causeway St., Fifth Floor, Boston, MA 02114-2206.

Relief International: Phone: (323) 932-7888. Address: 5455 Wilshire Blvd., #1280, Los Angeles, CA 90036.

Salvation Army: Phone: 1-800-725-2769. Text "Haiti" to 52000 and a $10 donation will be charged to your cell phone (plus standard charges.) Mail donations to your local Salvation Army office.

Save the Children: Phone: 1-800-728-3843. Address: 54 Wilton Road, Westport, CT 06880.

U.N. World Food Program (U.S. fund): Text "Friends" to 90999, and a $5 donation will be charged to your cell phone (plus standard charges). Phone: 1-866-929-1694 or 1-202-530-1694. Address: Friends of WFP, 1819 L Street NW, Suite 900, Washington, DC 20036.

UNICEF (U.S. Fund for UNICEF): Phone: 1-800-367-5437. Address: Revenue Processing Dept. 1800, 125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor, New York, NY 10038.

Unitarian Universalist Service Committee: Phone: 1-800-766-5236. Address: UUSC/UUA Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund, P.O. Box 844001, Boston, MA 02284-4001.

World Vision (Christian charity for children): Phone: 1-866-280-6587. Address: P.O. Box 70172, Tacoma, WA 98481-0172.

Yele Haiti: Haitian musician Wyclef Jean's Web site. Text 501501 and a $5 donation will be charged to your cell phone (in addtion to standard charges). Address: Yele Haiti, P.O. Box 2345, New York, NY 10108.

TECHNICAL HELP (volunteers who want to donate services or materials):

Volunteers in Technical Assistance: It is a clearinghouse for appeals from agencies.

Center for International Disaster: Also gives guidelines for appropriate donations for disasters.

Aidmatrix Foundation: Aidmatrix is a nonprofit organization that provides tools to manage the supply chain between donors and humanitarian groups. It is offering a page for Haiti relief that allows organizations to request specific items.

Florida Haiti Initiative (Florida Association for Volunteer Action in the Caribbean and the Americas; English/Creole/French): .


Pinellas County

For Haiti With Love: (727) 938-3245. Address: P.O. Box 1017, Palm Harbor, FL 34682.

Haiti's Health: Address: Haiti's Heath, Inc., c/o Ernst Vieux, Jr. MD, PA, P.O. Box 138, St.Petersburg, FL 33731. Florida corporation EIN #37-1563177.

Haitian Mission Par La Fol is collecting can goods and money. People can drop them off at 1727 16th St. S, St. Petersburg. Phone: (727) 823-5394.

Pinellas Christian Center, 1315 Ninth Ave. N, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Church phone: (727) 898-2389.

St. Matthew's Episcopal Church, 738 Pinellas Point Drive S, St. Petersburg, FL 33705. Phone: (727) 866-2187. Accepting monetary donations. Mark "Haiti" on checks.

Hillsborough County

Congregation Rodeph Sholom: Monetary donations sent to MAZON charity's hunger and disaster relief fund. Address: 2713 Bayshore Blvd., Tampa, FL 33629. Contact phone: (813) 837-1911.

Haitian Association Foundation of Tampa Bay: Lists items needed and drop-off locations.

Love A Child, Inc.: Phone: (813) 621-7263. Address (for supplies): 9304 Camden Field Parkway, Riverview, FL 33578. Address (for monetary donations): P.O. Box 30744, Tampa, FL 33630.

Mango Radio: Monetary donations and supplies.

Tampa Bay for Haiti Coalition (donations and looking for Creole-speakers):


InterAction is a coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). It has a page of member organizations collecting for the Haiti disaster:

U.S. Agency for International Development: USAID has a page about U.S. assistance to Haiti, links to organizations accepting donations and sources of information about the disaster.

The Florida Philanthropic Network has a page of organizations accepting donations:

On the Web

For a more complete list of aid agencies, go to

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How you can help Haitian earthquake victims 01/13/10 [Last modified: Friday, February 5, 2010 5:27pm]
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