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Disaster Relief and General Donation Information

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Evaluate a Charity Before Making a Donation
Every day there is "disaster" somewhere on this planet. If at any time you wish to donate to a charity, here is help in determining which charities are worthy of your dollars.

BEWARE OF "CHARITABLE ORGANIZATIONS" THAT POP UP DURING A DISASTER. They could be scammers. Also be careful of new organizations that mean well, but don't know what the heck they are doing. A waste of your money.

Below is a list of Highly Rated Charities Assisting in Disaster & Other Relief Efforts: Organizations that are going to spend your money appropriately, and who has done this kind of work before.

American Red Cross
Donations to: The American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund
To ensure that your donation goes directly to the American Red Cross, you can make a secure online donation through our website, call 1-800-HELP-NOW to make a donation by phone, or contact your local American Red Cross chapter. You may also mail your donation to the American Red Cross Disaster Response Fund at P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013; or visit one of our official Red Cross donation partners.
1-800-HELP-NOW (435-7669)

www.redcross.org

AmeriCares
When a country is faced with hardship as a result of hurricanes, floods, earthquakes or terrorist attacks, AmeriCares responds immediately with life-saving relief assistance and continues its support as long as there is a need.
www.americares.org

*America's Second Harvest  **VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!
Truckloads of food are sent to affected areas. Corporate assistance and donations are always needed. Companies, manufacturers or retailers are needed to donate full truckloads of dry storage product, and donations for transport of product are generally needed.
www.secondharvest.org

Brother's Brother Foundation
Tractor trailer loads of goods are sent to affected areas. Donations to help purchase goods & cover shipping costs are always needed.
www.brothersbrother.org

Catholic Charities
Catholic Charities agencies are working to meet the immediate needs of refugees, as well as planning for the process of providing assistance for long-term recovery efforts. The long-term services that Catholic Charities may provide include temporary and permanent housing, mental health counseling, direct assistance beyond food and water to get people back into their homes, job placement counseling, and medical and prescription drug assistance.
Phone: 1-800-919-9338
www.catholiccharitiesusa.org

Christian Relief Fund
Provides child sponsorship, family sponsorship, and operates children’s homes and schools in third-world countries. CRF sponsorship programs and homes provide food, clothes, medical care, schooling, and Bible teaching in 22 countries.
www.christianrelieffund.org

Convoy of Hope
Wherever a disaster strikes, Convoy of Hope is ready to respond with food, water purification systems, blankets, generators, medical supplies, shelters and more.
www.convoyofhope.org

Desire Street Ministries
Though Hurricane Katrina devastated the ministry’s home in New Orleans, and scattered area residents, the Hurricane is also opening doors for Desire Street Ministries to have even greater impact than before. We invite you to join us as we seek to continue shaping the lives of the youth in our care, reach out to an impoverished community in Baton Rouge, continue redevelopment efforts in New Orleans, and seek to duplicate the ministry in other pockets of poverty.
www.desirestreet.org

Direct Relief International
Non-Profit Humanitarian Medical Relief Organization
www.directrelief.org

Feed the Children
International non-profit Christian organization providing food, clothing, educational supplies, medical equipment and other necessities
www.feedthechildren.org


Feeding America: Hunger-Relief Charity
Feeding America is our nation's leading domestic hunger-relief charity and helps provide food to over 37 million AMERICANS each year.
www.feedingamerica.org

Find your LOCAL Feeding America FOOD BANK
Search for local Feeding America food banks in your neighborhood.
www.feedingamerica.org/foodbank-results.aspx

Food for the Poor
An international Christian humanitarian aid organization that provides food, housing, medical services, education and ministry to poor people and families
www.foodforthepoor.org

Islamic Relief
An international relief and development charity, which aims to alleviate the suffering of the world’s poorest people. It is an independent Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) founded in the UK in 1984 by Dr Hany El Banna. As well as responding to disasters and emergencies, Islamic Relief promotes sustainable economic and social development by working with local communities - regardless of race, religion or gender.
www.islamic-relief.com

Mercy Corps
Focuses on disaster response, sustainable economic development, health services, and emergency and natural disaster relief.
www.mercycorps.org

Northwest Medical Teams International
Responds to some of the most devastating & difficult disaster scenes around the world. Within 48 hours, we send volunteer medical professionals to natural and manmade disasters to care for the sick and injured. Volunteer teams and staff work to establish long-term solutions to international communities plagued by chronic poverty, lack of medical care and minimal educational opportunities.

We partner with 240 in-country organizations in more than 100 countries, distributing medical supplies to people in need. In the USA, we annually disperse more than $1 million in supplies & products to social service agencies.

Our Mobile Dental program serves more than 17,000 people annually, partnering with 200+ organizations, including schools, social service agencies and churches. Professional dental volunteers treat the homeless and uninsured in 29 Pacific Northwest counties each year.
www.nwmedicalteams.org

Operation Blessing International
a FEMA-approved charity. Operation Blessing helps equip at-risk children with the confidence and character to face life’s challenges, through academic and esteem-building after-school programs, provision of clothes and school supplies and other activities designed to enhance their skills and opportunities.

When disaster strikes, Operation Blessing is there. With emergency relief supplies, water, food and medical care, Operation Blessing teams meet urgent needs worldwide and remain alongside disaster victims as they recover. For adults facing poverty or unemployment, Operation Blessing provides practical training, professional instruction and tangible tools and resources to help struggling people overcome their situation.

Operation Blessing is waging a worldwide fight against hunger. Through soup kitchens, school lunch programs and a growing fleet of Hunger Strike Force trucks and local partners, hundreds of thousands of people benefit from Operation Blessing’s hunger relief work every year. With an expanding resource of medicines and supplies, Operation Blessing medical staff and volunteers provide medical and dental care free of charge to those in need both overseas and in the U.S.

Operation Blessing doctors perform life-transforming cleft-lip or cleft-palate surgeries for children worldwide suffering with facial deformities that affect their abilities to speak, eat and even smile.
www.operationblessing.org 

Operation USA

Their motto: Give and it gets there.
Every year millions of charitable donations never make it to their destination. When you donate to Operation USA, you immediately start to make a difference in the lives of those who need it most.

Operation USA assists developing communities here and abroad in addressing problems relating to natural and man-made disasters and chronic poverty through the creation of sustainable health, nutrition and disaster response programs. Provides essential materials, training, advocacy and financial support for such programs.
Phone: 1-800-678-7255
www.opusa.org

PetSmart Charities
Rescuing, sheltering, adoption, spay, neuter, and more.
www.petsmartcharities.org

Salvation Army
Disaster relief services, day care centers, summer camps, holiday assistance, services for the aging, AIDS education and residential services, medical facilities, shelters for battered women and children, family and career counseling, vocational training, correction services, and substance abuse rehabilitation. More than 30 million a year are aided in some form by services provided by The Salvation Army.
Phone: 1-800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769)
www.salvationarmyusa.org

Samaritan's Purse
International relief organization, with offices worldwide, working with local churches, crews will determine where best to work to meet the needs of the most vulnerable, particularly the poor and elderly.
www.samaritanspurse.org

United Way
In communities across America, 1,350 United Ways improve lives by mobilizing the caring power of their communities. More than fundraisers, United Ways are partners in change, working with a broad range of people and organizations to identify and resolve pressing community issues: Helping Children and Youth Succeed; Strengthening and Supporting Families; Improving Access to Health Care; Promoting Independence and Economic Self-Sufficiency.
national.unitedway.org

World Emergency Relief
Untold millions of people - and the programs helping them - need practical resources to make their lives successful. Food for starving children. Medicines for the sick. Seeds for farmers. Clothing for the naked and shivering. Even fire trucks for Brazil's rain forests.

WER receives daily requests for commodities. We verify needs and cultural appropriateness of supplies we can procure. We then seek those supplies from corporate donors and other charities.
www.wer-us.org


AND ONE OF THE MOST WORTHY CHARITIES OF ALL...  THE DISASTER OF SERIOUSLY ILL CHILDREN.

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: During the past three years, 85 percent of every dollar received by ALSAC/St. Jude has gone to the current or future needs of St. Jude. This is where doctors across the world send their toughest cases and most vulnerable patients. St. Jude is America's 3rd-largest health-care charity. All patients accepted for treatment at St. Jude are treated without regard to the family's ability to pay. There are six ways to donate, or you can Sponsor a participant or create your own fund-raising team.
www.stjude.org/donate


EVALUATING THE CHARITY YOU HAVE CHOSEN:

Charity Navigator: America's largest independent charity evaluator, provides free financial evaluations of America's charities.
www.charitynavigator.org

American Institute of Philanthropy: Top-rated charities according to the American Institute of Philanthropy.
www.charitywatch.org/toprated.html


Independent Charities of America:
Represents charities that meet the highest standards of public accountability and program effectiveness. Search their list by category, alphabetically, keyword.
www.independentcharities.org

Facts for Consumers from the Federal Trade Commission:
It’s wise to be cautious when making your donation decisions so you can avoid scam artists who try to make money by taking advantage of your generosity. Consider the following precautions to help ensure that your donation dollars benefit the people and organizations you want to help...
www.ftc.gov/bcp/edu/pubs/consumer/telemarketing/tel01.shtm


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