Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts: How you can Help

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These are just some of the local, national and international relief efforts that are accepting donations for victims of the earthquake in Haiti

These are just some of the local, national and international relief efforts that are accepting donations for victims of the earthquake in Haiti:

Lower Hudson Valley Organizations


Saint Ann's Catholic Church , 16 Jefferson St. in Nyack, is accepting monetary donations for Haitian relief efforts.

Trendsetters Boutique at 38 Franklin St. in Nyack is collecting canned goods, powdered baby milk, first aid supplies, clothes and shoes. Call 845-353-5701 for information.

Tappan Zee Manor, 51 Mountainview Ave., Nyack, is collected medications, water, food, medical supplies, clothing, baby formula, diapers, batteries, flashlights and other basic supplies. Call 845-353-6100 for information.

Rockland County YMCA, 35 S. Broadway, Nyack,is accepting donations from 6 a.m. To 10 p.m. weekdays and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Requested supplies are water, nonperishable food, baby formula, diapers, batteries and flashlights.

Nyack Center, 58 Depew Ave., Nyack, will be accepting donations from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Sunday, Jan 18 as part of the community Martin Luther King celebration. The donated items can be baby formula, Parmalat, water, shoes, flashlights, batteries and first aid kits. Nyack Rotary will also be collecting funds for Shelterbox - an international relief effort to provide temporary housing during disasters.

Grace Church, 130 First Ave., Nyack, will be accepting donations for The Episcopal Diocese of New York: Send checks made out to "The Episcopal Diocese of New York" and marked "Haiti Relief" to Grace Church 130 First Avenue Nyack, NY 10960 or The Episcopal Diocese of New York, 1047 Amsterdam Ave., New York NY 10025. You also can make a credit card donation online and type "Haiti Relief" in the description box. Donations through Episcopal Relief and Development. To make an online donation, click here: Episcopal Relief Fund.


Hope for Haiti benefit concert: Peter Seeger will present “Hope for Haiti” on Sunday, Jan. 17, at 4:00 pm., Mariandale Retreat and Conference Center, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining. This benefit performance is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Hope. Also appearing will be Jan Phillips, singer and songwriter. All proceeds of the concert will aid Haitians who are suffering in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. Send your tax-deductible donation to: Dominican Sisters / Hope for Haiti, 299 North Highland Avenue, Ossining, NY 10562. For more information, call 914-941-4455, or visit the center's Web site: Mariandale


The Ramapo Haitian Task Force has set up a 24-hour hotline to coordinate local relief efforts. The number is 845-357-8730. Information: www.ramapo.org

Ramapo Town Clerk Christian G. Sampson is coordinating a Help Desk for local contributions to Haiti quake relief; call (845) 357-5100 ext. 263.

Spring Valley:

The Konbit Neg Lakay Community Center at 16 E. Church St., Spring Valley, is accepting monetary donations for the relief efforts in Haiti. The group is a community services agency for the area's large Haitian population.

Advocating for Change , a Spring Valley not-for-profit, is collected non-perishable items for Haiti. They may be dropped off at the NAACP building on Main Street (next to the Cultural Arts Center) and Spring Valley Commons on Slinn Avenue. For information, call 845-364-6896.

The Ben Gilman Medical Clinic, 175 Route 59, is accepting any contribution of food, clothing, or any other items. People can drop them off at a designated area. These contributions will be shipped to Haiti on an ongoing basis as the relief effort continues.

The Rockland County Haiti Relief Campaign , an umbrella organization, is collecting financial donations for the relief effort. Campaign members will travel to Haiti — at their own expense — and give the money to aid groups that they know and trust by Feb 1. Checks should be sent to: Rockland County Haiti Relief Campaign, 16 E. Church Street, Spring Valley, NY, 10977.

Jacoby & Meyers of Spring Valley, 296 Main Street, will serve as donation centers where funds will be collected for the American Red Cross. All donations received by Jacoby & Meyers, LLP will be sent to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, Haitian Relief.


Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern, along with the other regional hospitals in the Bon Secours Charity Health System, are accepting monetary donations to the Bon Secours Mission Fund. Here's how to contribute: Send donations to the Bon Secours Mission Fund, c/o Edward F. Gerardo, Bon Secours Health, System, Inc., 1505 Marriottsville Road, Marriottsville, MD. 21104.


Local lawmakers are collecting donations of clothes and other necessities to send to Haiti. The locations are: Majority Leader Patricia McDow's and Council Member Wilson Terrero's office, City Hall, 40 South Broadway, Room 407 and Assemblyman Mike Spano's office at 35 E. Grassy Sprain Road, #406B. Contact: 914-377-6311 or 914-779-8805 for more information.

Several local businesses are collecting donations of water, canned food, diapers, first aid supplies and granola or energy bars for distribution in Haiti. The drop-off centers are at these locations: Lilly’s Beauty Salon (331 Walnut Street), Luis Auto Shop (150 School Street), Amigo Travel (314 New Main St.), Life Cleaners (300 Nepperhan Ave.), Clean City (244 Warburton Ave.) and Blue Hair Studio (140 Lake Ave .) For more information, visit this Spanish-language Web site: Duricimo.com

The Afya Foundation is accepting donations of these items: water purification tablets, electrolyte tablets, water, small water buckets, Ensure (or any liquid food supplement), respiratory masks, personal care items, gauze, bandages, IV starter kits, syringes, gloves, needles, ringers, hand sanitizer, topical antiseptic, casting materials, cotton. Also, sheets, blankets, sleeping bags, towels, closed toed shoes, clothing. The foundation is collecting the items at the Afya Warehouse at 510 Nepperhan Ave. Note: They cannot accept supplies which are expired or less than 5 months from expiration. The organization also is accepting monetary donations. To learn more, visit the group's Web site here: Afya Foundation

One Nation City of Praise, a church at 320 Walnut Street, is accepting clothing and non perishable food items only. No monetary donations will be accepted. Drop offs are at the front of the church.

Westchester County:

People interested in volunteering to help with the relief effort should call the American Red Cross in Westchester County at 914-946-6500, Ext. 200. Ask for the volunteer division.


Action Against Hunger: Action Against Hunger teams on the ground have begun to carry out rapid evaluations across the city, while additional support, equipment, and materials—including water treatment supplies, emergency vehicles, and communications equipment—are en route. Link: Action Against Hunger

American Jewish Committee: The American Jewish Committee (AJC) is working with the Israel Forum for International Humanitarian Aid, a non-governmental agency, to bring humanitarian medical assistance to Haiti. To donate, click here: American Jewish Committee.

American Red Cross: The American Red Cross is sending money, supplies and staff to Haiti to support relief efforts. Donations to the International Response Fund can be sent to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013 or made by phone at 800-REDCROSS or 800-257-7575 (Spanish) or online at American Red Cross . The Red Cross also will accepted donations via cell phone: You can donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999."

Americares: AmeriCares, based in Stamford,CT., are delivering emergency shipments of medicines and supplies, including medical supplies for survivors with trauma injuries. , AmeriCares has already committed $5 million in medical and humanitarian aid and is sending emergency response experts to Haiti The group is preparing an emergency airlift to Haiti. To donate, click here: AmeriCares

Baptist Haiti Mission: This organization operates a hospital in Haiti and reports that 100 percent of its relief funds go directly to the field. Link: Baptist Haiti Mission

Carma Foundation: The mission of Carma is to measurably improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in Haiti. To donate, click here: Carma Foundation

Catholic Charities: To donate to Catholic Relief Services by phone, please call 1-800-736-3467 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 11:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You can also send in a donation via the mail. Mail your check to: Catholic Relief Services P.O. Box 17090 Baltimore, MD 21203-7090. To donate online, click here: Catholic Charities

Catholic Medical Mission Board: Monetary contributions can be made by sending checks, payable to CMMB-Haiti, to CMMB, 10 West 17th Street, New York City, New York 10011, or by calling 1 800 678 5659. Pledges can also be made via the group's Web site at Catholic Medical Mission Board

CHF International: CHF International, based in Silver Spring, MD, will distribute immediate necessities to survivors in the aftermath of the natural disaster, specifically food, aid, water and shelter. In the coming weeks and months, CHF will build temporary homes, employ people in the cleanup of their communities and aid reconstruction efforts by creating earthquake-resistant buildings. To donate, visit the group's Web site at: CHF International

Direct Relief: This organization has announced it will commit up to $1 million in aid for the response and is coordinating with its other in-country partners and colleague organizations. Direct Relief’s partners in Haiti include Partners in Health, St. Damien Children’s Hospital, and the Visitation Hospital. Link: Direct Relief

Doctors Without Borders: The first reports are now emerging from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) teams who were already working on medical projects Haiti. They are treating hundreds of people injured in the quake and have been setting up clinics in tents to replace their own damaged medical facilities. To donate, click here: Doctors Without Borders

International Rescue Committee: The committee, based in New York City, is a network of first responders, humanitarian relief workers, healthcare providers, educators, community leaders, activists, and volunteers. It provides emergency relief, relocating refugees, and rebuilding lives in the wake of disaster. To donate, click here: International Rescue Committee

International Medical Corps: International Medical Corps is deploying an Emergency Response Team to Haiti. The team is providing medical care and other emergency services. International Medical Corps

Luthern World Relief: Lutheran World Relief is responding to the affected communities through its partners on the ground in Haiti. To donate by phone at 1-800-597-5972, or by mail: Lutheran World Relief - Haiti Earthquake, P.O. Box 17061, Baltimore, MD 21298-9832 or online: Luthern World Relief

Mercy Corps This charitable organization, based in Portland, OR., is sending a team to Haiti to participate in relief efforts. To contribute online, click here: Mercy Corps

Operation USA: Operation USA is appealing for donations of funds from the public and corporate donations in bulk of health care materials, water purification supplies and food supplements which it will ship to the region from its base in the Port of Los Angeles. Donate online at www.opusa.org, by phone at 1.800.678.7255 or, by check made out to Operation USA, 3617 Hayden Ave, Suite A, Culver City, CA 90232. Link: Operation USA

Oxfam America: Oxfam has long experience in Haiti, and its response will include providing clean water, shelter, sanitation and helping people recover. To donate, click here: Oxfam America

Project HOPE: Project HOPE, based in Virginia, provides health care for needy people around the world and is collecting donations for medical supplies to Haiti. To donate, click here: Project HOPE

Salvation Army: The Salvation Army currently operates schools, clinics, a hospital, feeding programs, children’s homes and church-related activities spread across two major facilities in Port au Prince, close to the epicenter of the earthquake and at other locations in the country. To donate by phone1-800-725-2769; by mail:: The Salvation Army World Service Office, International Disaster Relief Fund, PO Box 630728, Baltimore, MD 21263-0728. Designate donations “Haiti Earthquake.” To donate online, click here: Salvation Army

Samaritan's Purse: Samaritan’s Purse dispatched a team just hours after the quake to help with water, shelter, medical care, and other emergency needs. The organization will focus on medical help, shelter, clean water, and hygiene supplies. To donate, click here: Samaritan's Purse

Save the Children: Save the Children is preparing to provide immediate lifesaving assistance, such as food, water, shelter and child-friendly spaces. It has verified the safety of all but 16 staff members in its main office. Save the Children, which has been working in Haiti since 1985, has provided emergency relief and assistance to Haitian children and families following various recent disasters, including hurricanes and floods. To donate, click here: : Save the Children

ShelterBox USA: ShelterBox is responding to the scenes of destruction in Haiti. The shelter boxes contain a tent, thermal blankets, insulated ground sheets and other survival necessities, along with a means of water purification. To donate by mail: ShelterBox USA, 8374 Market Street #203, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202, (941) 907-6036. To make an online donation, click here: ShelterBox USA

Surgical Implant Generation Network: This charitable organization, based in Richland, Wash., is sending a team of orthopaedic surgeons and medical personnel to Haiti to treat earthquake victims with fractured limbs. They also are collaborating with Medical Teams International as-well-as Doctors Without Borders, which has a facility in Port-au-Prince. To learn more about the group, and to donate, click here: Surgical Implant Generation Network

UNICEF: To donate to the ongoing emergency relief efforts in Haiti and the Caribbean region, visit the UNICEF web site at this link: UNICEF or call 1-800-4UNICEF.

United Nations World Food Program: World Food Program teams are on the scene, mobilizing emergency food assistance to families. To donate, click here: World Food Program

Yele Haiti Earthquake Fund: Wyclef Jean is one of Haiti’s most famous sons, and his tweeting about the earthquake there has been a galvanizing force on the Web. Jean is most famously a member of the Fugees. His publicist says he arrived Wednesday in Haiti to assist in relief efforts. Several of the most popular topics on Twitter referred to a tweet from the singer urging people to send a text to his Haitian charity, Yele, to donate $5 to the savaged country. (The number is 501501.) To donate online, click here: Yele.org

By text

By texting a keyword to a designated short code via a mobile phone, a micro-donation of $5 or $10 can be made to aid the millions of people affected by this tragedy. 100% of your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill, standard rates may apply. These are among the charities accepting text donations: Text the word "Yele" to 501501 to donate $5 on behalf of the Yele Foundation, founded by Wyclef Jean. 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 90999 to donate $10 on behalf of the Red Cross in the U.S.

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