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Donations: some suggested organizations

In Monetary Donation Resources on January 16, 2010 at 11:24 pm

UVA Community Relations

From: http://www.virginia.edu/communityrelations/haiti.html

Haiti Earthquake Information and Resources

In recognition of the catastrophic destruction following the earthquake in Haiti, this page has been designed as a resource for those who want to help or learn more.

Among the tragic news is the loss of Stephanie Jean-Charles, a 2009 graduate of the College of Arts & Sciences and a master’s-degree student in the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. A memorial gathering for Jean-Charles will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, in Newcomb Hall Ballroom, followed by a reception. Jean-Charles, a resident of Port-au-Prince, died Jan. 12 in the earthquake.

U.Va. President John Casteen extends his thoughts and prayers to the people affected by the earthquake. Read the letter from the President.

How to Help

University of Virginia and state employees wishing to provide financial support to the area can do so by personal check, made out to “International Disaster Relief – Haiti.” The Commonwealth of Virginia Campaign Volunteer Coordinator for your area will collect the checks just as they did during the 2009 CVC. Checks may also be dropped off at 400 Ray C. Hunt Drive. The CVC office in Richmond will forward 100 percent of these donations directly to the American Red Cross for immediate use by the International Disaster Services Team.

Also, in response to the catastrophe, the U.Va. Bookstore on Grounds and T.J.’s Locker stores have placed collection boxes for donations which also will be forwarded to the Red Cross.

Donations to the American Red Cross can also be made on line by clicking here.

The University of Virginia Health System is collecting much needed items that will be forwarded to Haiti through Gleaning for the World. Additionally, the Charlottesville Fire Department has agreed to be a drop off location for needed items from Monday, January 18, through Thursday, January 21, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at their headquarters at 203 Ridge Street.

The International Red Cross’s Family News Network is making every effort to identify and locate family members in the area.

Support Services

The Faculty and Employee Assistance Program (FEAP) is a resource for University faculty and staff. In addition to numerous other services, FEAP provides support following a disaster and offers information about other available resources. Services are designed to aid employees and their family members who are experiencing reactions following a highly abnormal event. www.uvafeap.com

The U.Va. Department of Student Health, Harrison Bowne “Tersh” Smith Jr., Memorial Center for Counseling and Psychological Services (CAPS) is a full-service outpatient clinic whose mission is to be responsive to the counseling and psychiatric needs of U.Va. students while also providing crisis management, consultation, and psychoeducational outreach services to the broader U.Va. community. http://www.virginia.edu/studenthealth/caps.html

Washington Post: “Haiti earthquake: How to help”

From: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/livecoverage/2010/01/haiti_earthquake_how_to_help.html

Haiti earthquake: How to help

Oxfam has an emergency team in the capital, Port-au-Prince, responding with public health, water, and sanitation services. You can donate online through its Haiti Earthquake Response Fund or by calling 1-800-77-OXFAM.

Partners In Health is taking contributions for relief efforts in Haiti, including medical supplies. The organization has had a presence in Haiti for more than 20 years, working to address the health care needs of the country’s poor.

You can donate to The Salvation Army’s efforts in Haiti by calling 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769) or visiting their Web site and designating that your donation is for the Haiti earthquake.

The UN World Food Programme is accepting donations. Head of the WFP Josette Sheeran said the agency is deploying its resources in Haiti, including 86 metric tons of food. You can donate here.

National Nurses United has issued a call for nurse volunteers to provide assistance to those affected by the earthquake in Haiti.

To donate to specific relief efforts in Haiti:
United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
Mercy Corps
Save the Children
International Red Cross
World Vision
Catholic Relief Services
International Medical Corps
Network for Good
Operation USA
Pan American Development Foundation
Operation Blessing International
Convoy of Hope
The Global Syndicate
Beyond Borders
Community Coalition for Haiti
International Orthodox Christian Charities
Baptist World Aid
Doctors Without Borders
Habitat for Humanity
Action Against Hunger
Direct Relief International
B’nai B’rith International
Bright Hope
Hope for Haiti
American Jewish World Service
World Relief
American Friends Service Committee
Food for the Poor
CHF International
The Lambi Fund of Haiti
Islamic Relief USA
United Way Worldwide
International Organization for Migration
Food for the Hungry
Relief International
Episcopal Relief and Development
ShelterBox USA
Catholic Medical Mission Board
HANDICAP International

The State Department has set up a hotline for Americans to inquire after family in Haiti: 888-407-4747.

There are several ways to donate via mobile device:

• 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 20222 to donate $10 on behalf of the Clinton Foundation.

• Text the word “Haiti” to 45678 (in Canada only) on behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada.

You can also find updated information and general ways to help during disasters at ReliefWeb, USAID and InterAction.

The FBI also warns donors to be alert to the potential for scams involving the earthquake. After a tsunami devastated Southeast Asia in 2004, many people lost money by donating to relief organizations that turned out to be fraudulent. The FBI offers several tips here.

Charity Navigator also has tips for funding relief efforts and choosing charities.


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