Haiti earthquake: How to help
American Red Cross is taking contributions and has responders in Port-au-Prince providing water and first aid as well as finding lost loved ones and transporting the injured to health facilities. You can donate online or by texting the word "Haiti" to 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the American Red Cross.
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.
Save the Children is responding with food, water and shelter, as well as establishing Child Friendly Spaces that give children a place to play and recover. Make donations online or by phone 1-800-728-3843.
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)
International Red Cross
Catholic Relief Services
International Medical Corps
Network for Good
Pan American Development Foundation
Operation Blessing International
Convoy of Hope
The Global Syndicate
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
Hope for Haiti
American Jewish World Service
American Friends Service Committee
Food for the Poor
The Lambi Fund of Haiti
Islamic Relief USA
United Way Worldwide
International Organization for Migration
Food for the Hungry
Episcopal Relief and Development
Catholic Medical Mission Board
American Refugee Committee
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 "SAVE" to 20222 (in the U.S. only) to donate $10 on behalf of Save the Children.
Text the word "Haiti" to 45678 (in Canada only) to donate 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.
The FBI has also established a toll free Haiti fraud line. Concerned individuals with allegations of fraud may call (866) 720-5721, fax (225) 334-4707 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. The phone number and e-mail are overseen by the Federal Bureau of Investigations and National Center for Disaster Fraud.
Charity Navigator also has tips for funding relief efforts and choosing charities.
Please read the comments below for other organizations who are responding to the crisis:
January 12, 2010; 10:01 PM ET
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