Where to donate for Haiti earthquake relief

Friday, January 15, 2010 | 12:47 p.m. CST; updated 5:09 p.m. CST, Friday, January 15, 2010

There are numerous ways Columbia residents can pitch in to help earthquake victims in Haiti. Locally, the Festival of Sharing and the Office of Creative Ministries are collecting supplies for emergency medical and health kits at Missouri United Methodist Church, 204 S. Ninth St. Church World Service already has delivered to Port au Prince kits that were assembled during the Festival of Sharing last fall, but more kits will be necessary. For a list of supplies included in the kits, visit the Office of Creative Ministries Web site.

This following list of relief agencies was provided by InterAction, a coalition of nongovernmental organizations based in the U.S. The information on the various relief efforts came from each organization's posting at InterAction.

Action Against Hunger

Water treatment supplies, emergency vehicles and communications equipment are en route from the organization's base in Gonaives, Haiti. In addition, a team has been mobilized to arrive with emergency stocks from Paris.

247 W. 37th St., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10018
(877) 777-1420, ext. 117

ActionAid International USA

ActionAid has been working in Haiti since 1996. They are deploying an emergency team to deliver clean water, shelter and goods like blankets and soap.

1420 K St. N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC, 20005
(800) 957-1768

Adventist Development and Relief Agency International

ADRA is launching an initial response worth $85,000 to meet the immediate needs of survivors. Needs include water purification supplies, food, temporary shelter materials, hygiene kits and medical assistance. ADRA is also providing millions of water purification tablets and other nonfood items for survivors

12501 Old Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
(800) 424-2372


African Methodist Episcopal Church Service and Development Agency

This agency will provide humanitarian relief and care on site through a system of local clinics and micro-credit operations.

1134 11th St., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 371-8722


American Friends Service Committee

Financial aid will go to immediate material needs and to help Haitians themselves rebuild their communities.

American Friends Service Committee
1501 Cherry St.
Philadelphia, PA 19102
(888) 588-2372


American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

The committee is conducting a rapid assessment of the situation on the ground and reaching out to its network of partners to determine critical next steps based on immediate needs.

711 Third Ave., 10th Floor
New York, NY 10017
(212) 687-6200


American Jewish World Service

Donations to the organization's "Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund" will enable its network of grantees in Haiti to meet the urgent needs of the population based on real-time, on-the-ground assessments.

45 W. 36th St., 10th Fl
New York, NY 10018
(212) 792-2900


American Red Cross

Staff members are on the ground or en route. The organization has relief supplies — hygiene kits, buckets, mosquito nets and kitchen sets — to assist up to 25,000 people. As needs are identified, the American Red Cross is prepared to mobilize additional support.

International Response Fund
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, DC 20013
(800)435-7669 (HELP NOW)


Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team

There is a team on the ground in Port-au-Prince setting up medical and food relief.

2502 Lindley Terrace
Rockville, MD 20850
(301) 738-7122


American Refugee Committee International

The American Refugee Committee has deployed an emergency response team to Port-au-Prince. The organization has funds in hand to support immediate food and nonfood item distribution; water, sanitation and hygiene needs; and primary health care. It will stay in Haiti through the recovery period, focusing on shelter, reconstruction and livelihoods.

430 Oak Grove St. Suite 204
Minneapolis, MN 55403
(800) 875-7060



AmeriCares is mobilizing emergency disaster relief and medical aid with a pledge of $5 million  and is working closely with in-country partners to target the most devastated regions.

88 Hamilton Ave.
Stamford, CT 06902
(800) 486-4357


Baptist World Alliance/Baptist World Aid

Baptist World Aid is working through its members in Haiti and with its international rescue teams.

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


Brother's Brother Foundation

The foundation is working with partner organization Food for the Poor to send requested medical relief supplies to those in need in Haiti.

1200 Galveston Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15233
(412) 321-3160



CARE has more than 100 staff members in Haiti and is deploying additional emergency personnel. Contributions will support immediate emergency operations including getting desperately needed food and water to the survivors.

151 Ellis St.
Atlanta, GA 30303
(800) 521-CARE


Catholic Relief Services

The relief organization has made an initial commitment of $5 million for immediate use in the relief effort. It is mobilizing food, gearing up emergency capacity and deploying emergency shelter and hygiene kits in Haiti, as well as bringing supplies in from neighboring Dominican Republic.

P.O. Box 17090
Baltimore, MD, 21203
(877) 435-7277


CHF International

CHF will distribute food, water and shelter in the immediate aftermath then will focus on the needs of the people as they transition from basic survival to recovery. This includes building temporary homes that meet international standards where a family can live during the recovery period; helping to generate livelihoods, by employing people in the clean up of their community; and aiding reconstruction efforts by creating earthquake-resistant buildings.

CHF International
8601 Georgia Ave. Suite 800
Silver Spring, MD 20910
(301) 587-4700


Christian Reformed World Relief Committee

The organization has staff, partners and community networks on the ground in Port-au-Prince who are coordinating an immediate response with food, water and shelter.

2850 Kalamazoo Ave., S.E.
Grand Rapids, MI 49560-0600
(800) 552-7972


Church World Service

Church World Service kits and blankets are ready to be sent to those in need. Other efforts will include the construction of temporary water systems, providing water purification materials, tents and food packages.

28606 Phillips St.
P.O. Box 968
Elkhart, IN 46515
(800) 297-1516


CONCERN Worldwide US

Concern Worldwide will provide food, water, shelter and medicine as the immediate priority for survivors.

104 E. 40th St., Room 903
New York, NY 10016
800 592-6623


Direct Relief International

Direct Relief International will commit up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations. Two shipping containers holding more than $420,000 of essential medicines, supplies and nutritionals have been sent to the Port-au-Prince St. Damien Children’s Hospital.

27 S. La Patera Lane
Santa Barbara, CA, 93117
(805) 964-4767


Episcopal Relief & Development

Episcopal Relief & Development has disbursed emergency relief funds to the Diocese of Haiti to help them meet immediate needs such as providing food, shelter and water.

815 Second Ave.
New York, NY 10017
(800) 334-7626, ext. 5129

Food for the Hungry

The operational focus in Haiti is HIV/AIDS and child/maternal health.

Food for the Hungry
1224 E. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ, 85034
(800) 248-6437


Friends of ACTED

The organization is launching a primary emergency response targeting the most affected areas of Port-au-Prince and neighboring areas, focused on water and sanitation, food assistance, emergency shelter, health and protection of most vulnerable community members, women and children. The Agency has already secured a donation of 1,000 shelter kits from Shelterbox.

Friends of ACTED
1400 16th St., N.W. Suite 210
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 341-6365


Friends of the World Food Program

The United Nations World Food Program is mobilizing all available resources to bring food assistance to earthquake survivors. The World Food Program will distribute high-energy biscuits and other food that require no cooking, in addition to airlifting 95 tons of food from its emergency hub in El Salvador. This will provide more than a half million emergency meals.

Friends of the World Food Program
1819 L St., N.W., Suite 900
Washington, DC 20036
(866) 929-1694


Giving Children Hope

Giving Children Hope is talking with partners in Haiti to determine the greatest needs of the earthquake victims. Giving Children Hope recently sent medical supplies to aid orphans and replenish a local hospital in Haiti.

8332 Commonwealth Ave.
Buena Park, CA 90621
(714) 523-4454


Handicap International

Already present in Haiti, Handicap International reacted rapidly to the earthquake, releasing $217,657. The organization will provide care to those injured by the earthquake, including support to hospitals, emergency shelter, emergency basic needs and food distribution for at least 5,000 people. A response team will coordinate the distribution of approximately 1 ton of equipment and emergency supplies.

6930 Carroll Ave., Suite 240
Takoma Park, MD 20912
(301) 891-2138


Hands On Disaster Response

Hands On Disaster Response will determine how and where the organization's main resource of volunteers would be most effective in the response and recovery efforts.

P.O. Box 546
Carlisle, MA 01741
(919) 830-3573


Heart to Heart International

Heart to Heart International is sending medical aid and medical volunteers in support of local relief efforts.

401 S. Clairborne, Suite 302
Olathe, KS 66062
(866) 341-4483

HelpAge USA

HelpAge USA has launched a Haiti Emergency Response Fund to assist the 800,000 older people most at-risk during a disaster of this magnitude. At this point, operations are focused primarily on search and rescue, followed by the provision of food, water, shelter and medical attention.

HelpAge USA
4750 41st St., N.W., Suite 410
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 714-1119


Holt International Children's Services

Holt International has a child care center 40 miles north of Port-au-Prince, as well as a family preservation program for more than 100 families. Funds are needed for additional supplies and resources to maintain the center and the anticipated influx of children and families.

Holt International Children's Services
1195 City View
P.O. Box 2880
Eugene, OR 97402
(541) 687-2202


Humane Society International

Humane Society International has offered to send veterinary experts to vaccinate, treat injuries and rescue animals affected by the disaster.

Humane Society International
2100 L St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20037


International Orthodox Christian Charities

IOCC has mobilized its disaster response team and is coordinating with orthodox and ecumenical partners to monitor and respond to the emerging needs in Haiti.

110 West Road, Suite 360
Baltimore, MD 21204
(877) 803-4622


International Medical Corps

International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Haiti, focusing on life-saving medical care and relief to survivors of the earthquake.

1919 Santa Monica Blvd., Suite 400
Santa Monica, CA 90404
(800) 481-4462

International Relief & Development

An emergency response team will travel to Haiti to provide emergency commodities, such as water, sanitation kits, hygiene kits and shelter materials.

1621 N. Kent St.
Arlington, VA 22209
(703) 248-0161


International Relief Teams

International Relief Teams is partnering with other international relief agencies to supply substantial aid including medicines, food, shelter and other relief supplies and medical personnel to the devastated region.

International Relief Teams
4560 Alvarado Canyon Road, Suite 2G
San Diego, CA 92120
(619) 284-7979


International Rescue Committee

The International Rescue Committee is deploying its emergency response team to launch an immediate response to get medical care, clean water and emergency sanitation to survivors and supporting overwhelmed local partners on the ground.

International Rescue Committee
122 E. 42nd St.
New York, NY 10168
(877) 733-8433


Islamic Relief USA

Islamic Relief USA has launched a $1 million appeal for the victims of the quake and is coordinating a massive shipment of much-needed aid to Haiti.

3655 Wheeler Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22304
(888) 479-4968


Jesuit Refugee Service/USA

Jesuit Refugee Service is mounting an emergency relief effort to provide food and other urgently needed assistance in partnership with Jesuit parishes and other Jesuit programs in Haiti.

Jesuit Refugee Service/USA
1016 16th St. N.W., Suite 500
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 629-5948


Life for Relief & Development

Life for Relief and Development plans to provide food, water, temporary shelter, hygiene kits and medical aid.

Life for Relief and Development
17300 W. 10 Mile Road
Southfield, MI 48128
(248) 424-7493


Lutheran World Relief

The organization has partners on the ground in Haiti and is responding immediately.

700 Light St.
Baltimore, MD 21230
(800) 597-5972


Medical Emergency Relief International, USA

Merlin’s emergency response team will immediately begin working with Haitians and other international agencies to meet the most urgent needs: water, sanitation, shelter, disease prevention and restoration of basic health services.

1600 K St. NW, Suite 450
Washington, DC 20006
(202) 449-6398


Medical Teams International

Medical Teams International is mobilizing two volunteer medical teams to Haiti immediately. They are in touch with partners on the field and gathering medical supplies and financial support.

14150 S.W. Milton Ct.
Tigard, OR 97224
(800) 959-4325


Mercy Corps

Mercy Corps is sending a team of emergency responders that will assess damage and seek to fulfill immediate needs of quake survivors.

45 Ankeny St.
Portland, OR, 97201
(888) 256-1900


Operation Blessing

Operation Blessing’s Haiti national director, Eric Lotz, is on the ground making first responder assessments, and disaster relief teams are mobilizing to bring emergency relief to victims.

977 Centerville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA 23463
(800) 730-2537


Operation USA

Operation USA is working with on-ground partner agencies to provide medical care, access to safe water, shelter and energy supplies.

Operation USA
3617 Hayden Avenue, Suite A
Culver City, CA 90232
(800) 678-7255


Oxfam America

Oxfam is rushing in teams from around the region to respond to the situation where assistance is most needed. The response will include providing clean water, shelter, sanitation and helping people recover.

226 Causeway St.
Boston, MA 02114
(800) 776-9326


Partners In Health

Partners in Health and its partner organization Zanmi Lasante have worked in Haiti for nearly 25 years and is one of the largest nongovernmental health care providers in the country.  They are coordinating relief efforts to leverage the skills of more than 120 doctors and nearly 500 nurses and nursing assistants who work at Zanmi Lasante’s sites. This is Paul Farmer's organization, as chronicled in the best-selling book, "Mountains Beyond Mountains."

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

Physicians for Peace

Donations will go directly to provide immediate trauma relief as well as longer term assistance for amputees.

Physicians for Peace
229 West Bute St., Suite 200
Norfolk, VA 23510
(757) 625-7569


Plan USA

Plan has released $100,000 of emergency funds and is on the ground in Haiti.

Plan USA
155 Plan Way
Warwick, RI,02886
(800) 556-7918


Project Concern International

Project Concern International is mobilizing an emergency response to deliver medicines, hygiene kits and other lifesaving supplies.

5151 Murphy Canyon Road, Suite 320
San Diego, CA 92123
(858) 279-9690


Relief International

Relief International is carrying out a rapid damage and needs assessment for food and nonfood items, health, education and temporary shelter. Longer-term assistance plans such as livelihoods, cash for work and local capacity development for disaster risk reduction are simultaneously being developed.

5455 Wilshire Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90036
(323) 932-7888


Stop Hunger Now

Stop Hunger Now will be coordinating relief efforts to partners in Haiti by organizing shipments of meals and financial support.

2501 Clark Ave. Suite 301
Raleigh, NC 27607
(919) 839-0689


Unitarian Universalist Service Committee

The organization responds strategically to disaster situations where human rights are threatened, focusing on the rights of marginalized and oppressed people.

UUSC/UUA Haiti Earthquake Relief Fund
P.O. Box 844001
Boston, MA 02284-4001
(800) 766-5236


United Methodist Committee on Relief

The organization is working with partners Action by Churches Together, Church World Service, Global Medic and the Methodist Church.

United Methodist Committee on Relief
475 Riverside Drive Room 330
New York, NY 10115
(800) 554-8583

United Way International

Donations to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund support long-term recovery efforts. Members in the Caribbean region have mobilized staff, volunteer leaders and resources in response to the disaster.

United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund
701 N. Fairfax St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 836-7112


US Fund for UNICEF

Despite heavy damage to its own offices in Port-au-Prince, UNICEF is ready to provide immediate support to victims. UNICEF officials estimate that half of those affected by the quake are children. In coordination with other UN agencies present on the ground, UNICEF will provide supplies to allow access to adequate sanitation, safe water and basic health care.

US Fund for UNICEF
125 Maiden Lane, 11th Floor
New York, NY 10038
(800) 486-4233 (UNICEF)

World Concern

The organization is providing blankets, emergency shelters and supplies of clean water.

19303 Fremont Ave. N
P.O. Box 33000
Seattle, WA 98133
(866) 530-5433

World Hope International

World Hope International is mobilizing its Haitian staff and volunteers to respond with food, safe water, cooking fuel and other basic supplies.

World Hope International
625 Slaters Lane, Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
(703) 923-9414


World Vision U.S.

World Vision's initial response includes distributing first-aid kits along with basic necessities such as soap, blankets, clothes and water using pre-positioned emergency supplies and staff in Haiti. Global relief experts and additional supplies are being mobilized.

World Vision U.S.
P.O. Box 9716
Federal Way, WA 98063
(888) 562-4453 (CHILD)


-- Compiled by Dalene Rovenstine of the Missourian's staff

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Ellen Frost January 19, 2010 | 1:51 p.m.

Please add Haiti Health Foundation ( to your list. The largest functional health organization in southwest Haiti, the Haitian Health Foundation is located in the city of Jérémie. For more than 28 years, HHF has created a stable preventive and curative health and development program in the poorest area of the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. In addition to the city of Jérémie, HHF provides support to over 225,000 people in 104 rural mountain villages. Haitian Health Foundation has received the highest rating – 4 stars – on and is proud of an overhead of less than 8 cents per donated dollar, with over 92 percent of funds collected going directly to services for the poor.

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