Haiti Earthquake: How to Help

Wednesday, January 13, 2010 - 06:47 AM

The Red Cross says as many as three million people are affected by the earthquake in Haiti. It's the strongest to hit the country in 200 years. Here's a list of relief organizations, if you want to help.

The International Committee of the Red Cross has a website for tracking relatives lost in Haiti.

Text “HAITI” to “90999″ to make a $10 donation.
2025 E Street, NW
Washington, DC 20006
(800) REDCROSS (733-2767)

88 Hamilton Avenue
Stamford, Conn. 06902
(800) 486-4357

Dept. W
P.O. Box 2669
Portland, Ore., 97208-2669
(888) 256-1900

226 Causeway St., 5th Floor
Boston, MA 02114-2206
(800) 77-OXFAM (776-9326)

615 Slaters Lane
P.O. Box 269
Alexandria, VA 22313

Haiti Earthquake Children in Emergency Fund
54 Wilton Road
Westport, Conn. 06880
(800) 728-3843

Haiti Earthquake Relief
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, Wash. 98063-9716
(888) 511-6548

151 Ellis Street
Atlanta, Ga. 30303
(800) 521-CARE (521-2273)

333 7th Avenue, 2nd Floor
New York, NY 10001-5004
(888) 392-0392

P.O. Box 630225
Baltimore, Md. 21263-0225
(877) 803-4622

125 Maiden Lane
New York, N.Y. 10038
(800) FOR-KIDS (367-5437)

P.O. Box 845578
Boston, MA 02284-5578
(617) 432-5256

45 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 792-2900

The International Rescue Committee
Text HAITI to 25383 to give $5 to support the IRC's work in Haiti.


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Comments [21]

Regarding Trish's query regarding which organizations are most efficient in channeling funds to charity, my team and offer an overview of resources to help make informed choices about giving:


Feb. 05 2010 09:14 PM
Skye Dent from Los Angeles

If you could also list the International Medical Corps (www.imcworldwide.org), I would be most grateful. IMC was first on the ground in Haiti to start providing medical care. It's a non-profit that has been in business for over 20 years, and has a terrific record for providing immediate care, long term care, training so that residents of affected areas can continue medical care, and financial transparency. We are listed on Cidi, CNN, Philanthropy.com, and other credible organizations. Text "Haiti" to 85944 for ten bucks. Or you can go online, or even call at 310-826-7800. I'm just a volunteer and may have left out some necessary info.

Jan. 20 2010 03:19 PM
T.K. Small

Portlight Strategies is an organization which has expertise and a track record of providing relief to people with disabilities under natural or man-made disasters.

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
2043 Maybank Highway
Charleston, SC 294

While all of the organizations mentioned previously are certainly good, this could be a good way for people to very specifically target their contributions.

Jan. 19 2010 07:32 PM
James L. Meyer from Detroit

Send in the Marines. That's America's response. That's what we're good at. The aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson finally showed up after three days. With what? It was dramatically deployed — without any emergency relief supplies. It has sidewinder missiles and 19 helicopters.

But don't worry, the International Search and Rescue Team, fully equipped and self-sufficient for up to seven days in the field, deployed immediately with ten metric tons of tools and equipment, three tons of water, tents, advanced communication equipment and water purifying capability. They're from Iceland.

Jan. 18 2010 08:23 AM
MK Ultra from Here and now

Hey, I didn't see Halliburton, EXXON, Lockheed Martin, Blackwater, et al. listed in there. Ain't that funny?

Oh, never mind that, you silly goose, they're already there, don't ya know? Besides, just wait a little more, the best is yet to come. Wait till they send in the Marines to "stabilize things" - and the Haitians think things are bad now, huh?

Jan. 16 2010 03:17 PM
Chas D from Hudson Valley

Does anyone know of local (tri-state area) organizations which need help in organization, management, labor, etc.?

Jan. 16 2010 09:51 AM
Geraldine St Jean

Can anyone let me know how to find an organization that needs volunteers to go? am looking for a group to go to Haiti. I am a certified First responder,good management skills and can go in February.
Have my passport but still need vaccinations. Can lift, clean, cook, give support, manage people....

Jan. 15 2010 11:21 PM
Beatrice from Bronx

I watched a documentary last night on CH 13 about Haiti, poverty and its devastating deforestation. Only 2% of its original forests remains. The site, www.konpay.org, gives a deeper explanation as to how and why this has happened. The US and France really owe Haiti every and all types of relief for what they did to help ruin the country and its economy.

Jan. 15 2010 05:53 PM

The International Rescue Committee www.theIRC.org is on the ground responding the emergancy. A team has just been dispatched. Please refer to the website to donate.

Jan. 13 2010 03:58 PM
Amy Johnson from Jersey City, NJ

Partners in Health originated in Haiti and has been there for decades, although it has expanded its efforts against HIV and multi-drug-resistant TB to Peru, Russia, and elsewhere. Tracy Kidder's books "Mountains Beyond Mountains" and "Strength in What Remains" are about this frugal, compassionate, low profile organization. My contribution has gone here.

Jan. 13 2010 03:19 PM
Emmanuel from NYC

My church is providing direct relief to the people affected by the earthquake in Haiti.


Jan. 13 2010 01:39 PM
Deryck from Jersey City, NJ

Traci L and others, the names listed above are the actual links to the organizations web sites. Just click on the name. Thanks to everyone and please help!

Jan. 13 2010 01:03 PM
Traci L from New York

Thanks for compiling list of organizations. Adding their weblinks would be even better.

Jan. 13 2010 12:25 PM
glenda from Harlem

Wyclef Jean, musician, producer, and social justice activist, set up a foundation in 2004 - Yele Foundation – which provides scholarships for children. YOU CAN DONATE TO RELIEF EFFORTS BY TEXTING YELE TO 501501. Each text is a $5 donation, which will be automatically billed to your telephone bill. You’ll receive a confirmation text which you’ll have to respond to by typing YES to complete the process. I did 3 times this am; figured this was the very least I could do.

Jan. 13 2010 11:53 AM

An additional relief organization providing resources to Haiti is the American Jewish World Service, rated 4 stars on Charity Navigator as well as earning an "A" rating from the American Institute of Philanthropy. www.ajws.org/haitiearthquake

Jan. 13 2010 11:08 AM
Alison Deknatel

Operation USA is another good group with active programs in Haiti -- that is preparing emergency medical aid now. With the motto, "give and it gets there", OpUSA prides itself on low administrative overhead and getting the appropriate aid where it is most needed.

Learn more, and make secure donations:

Jan. 13 2010 11:06 AM
Richard Walden from Los Angeles

Operation USA has 30 years experience in Disaster Relief, including Haiti www.opusa.org 1 800 678 7255

Jan. 13 2010 11:02 AM
Jennifer from Brooklyn, NY

Sadly enough, a lot of organizations (especially governmental organizations) never reach Haiti, this one I know for sure will get donations into the hands of the right people...

Radio Nago is a community based radio station serving the Haitian community for over 15 years..
Radio Nago is taking donations of dry food, toiletries, first aid kits and money. All donations will go straight to the people of Haiti.

Radio Nago 89.3 FM
591 Ocean Ave
Brooklyn, NY 11226 Apt 5F
718 856 3092 Mr. Aspilaire

Jan. 13 2010 10:54 AM
Trish from Yorkville

Does anyone have a sense which of these organizations has the majority of their funding actually going toward the charity as opposed to administrative expenses etc.? I have a recollection of some funny business with red cross a few years back, want to donate, but want to be sure the funds will actually be getting to the people in need.

Jan. 13 2010 10:54 AM
Michael Hill from Baltimore

Catholic Relief Services, one of the largest aid organizations in the US which has been in Haiti for 55 years, should definitely be on your list. www.crs.org

Jan. 13 2010 10:45 AM
Steve K from Brooklyn, NY

Greetings. I would call your attention to this additional fine organization whose efforts are specific to Haiti: Konbit Pou Ayiti - go to: http://www.konpay.org/

Thank you.

Jan. 13 2010 10:29 AM

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