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"Emergency Resources for Haiti"

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To donate $5 to the Yéle Haiti Earthquake Fund, text ‘YELE’ to 501501 or click here to donate online





Kevin Powell and April Silver prepared a document "Help Haiti"click here for the PDF document.

IFCO/Pastors for Peace In response to the devastating earthquake in Haiti, IFCO/Pastors for Peace is supporting Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees (HWHR), Lakou New York, and Movement of Dominican Haitian Women (MUDHA) in rapidly delivering humanitarian aid to the people of Haiti.

Institute of the Black World 21st Century - You can make a tax deductible contribution to the HSP's Haiti Relief Fund.

The American Red Cross -- http://www.redcross.org

UNICEF http://www.unicef.org

Oxfam America http://www.oxfamamerica.org

Partners in Health http://www.pih.org

World Vision http://www.worldvision.org

Operation USA http://www.opusa.org

Convoy of Hope http://www.convoyofhope.org

Samaritan's Purse http://www.samaritanspurse.org

The Salvation Army http://www.salvationarmyusa.org- The Salvation Army is also collecting $5 dollar donations by text. Mobile phone users in the United States can text the word HAITI to 52000.

Marguerite Laurent's blog

Several celebrities and grassroots organizations in Atlanta, Miami and New York have joined forces in a mass effort to provide aid to the victims of the 7.0 earthquake in Haiti.

Singer/songwriter Melky Jean's Carma Foundation, Atlanta-based The Haitian Alliance, New York's Haitian Memorial Foundation, the City of Miami and WEEN (Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network) are offering local communities ways in which they assist in the Haiti relief effort.

Celebrities and executives such as Melky Jean, Jamie Hector, Daphnee Duplaix, Sha Money, Tony Yayo, Mona Scott-Young, Raekwon, Claudine Joseph, Patty Laurent, and La La Vazquez have all signed on to help spread the word about this grassroots movement.

FOR NATIONAL DONATIONS TO HAITI

The Port-au-Prince offices of the Carma Foundation - whose mission is to improve the health of poor and vulnerable women and children in Haiti - were seriously affected by the Haiti earthquake.Make a monetary donation at http://www.carmafoundation.org/ to help Carma send missionaries to Haiti to aid in the relief effort.

MIAMI:
· The City of Miami, District 5 is accepting donations of emergency supplies such as clothing, water, first aid and canned food to send immediately to Haiti. Contact Tracy Lozama in the District 5 office at 305-253-5390 for more information.

ATLANTA:
· Make a monetary donation to The Haitian Alliance to help send missionaries and emergency supplies to Haiti at www.transformhaiti.org.

· The Haitian Alliance is also collecting relief materials such as drinking water, first aid items, toiletries, non-perishable food rations, baby formula, linens and more.
The Haitian Alliance Drop-off Locations:

* WRFG Radio -Mon - Fri; 11:00AM - 6:00PM; Sat (1/16) - 2PM-4PM; 1083 Austin Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA 30307-1940
* Northside Women's Specialists-Mon - Fri; 8:30AM - 5:00PM; 980 Johnson Ferry Rd, Suite 620,Atlanta, GA 30342-1608
* Northside Women's Specialists - Mon - Fri; 8:00AM - 3:30PM; 1015 Mansell Road, Roswell, GA 30076-1507
* Club Intrigue - Mon-Sun; 4PM - until; 5471 Memorial Drive, Stone Mountain, GA 30083
ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING EVENT:

Rebuild Haiti: A Benefit Concert for Haitian Relief - Tues, Jan. 19; Lenny's Bar - 486 Decatur Street Atlanta, 30312 - 7pm to 12am; Tickets: $8 at the door. (100% Profits will be Donated to The Haitian Alliance for the Haitian Relief efforts); For more information, visit www.unitedforjamaica.org.

Six bands participate in A Night of live Reggae and feel-good music. Monetary and in kind donation boxes will be accepted. Please see: http://www.TransformHaiti.org for list of needed items.
NEW YORK:

· The Haitian Memorial Foundation and WEEN are seeking volunteers to donate and gather supplies as well as travel to Haiti to assist in the global relief effort.

To offer your help/resources, call I. Maxime Auguste at (914)7513303. You can drop-off emergency supplies at the HMF office at 435 South Broadway, Suite #1, Yonkers NY 10705. www.haitianmemorialfoundation.org.

· Supplies Drop-Off Location: To donate dry food, non perishable items, sneakers, flat shoes, sandals, clothing, blankets, baby wipe, water bottles, etc to aid workers who are on-the-ground in Haiti, please see the address and times below: 2115 Nostrand Ave, 3rd Fl (b/w Flatbush & Glenwood), Brooklyn NYC Time: 12p - 8p Dates: Fri 1/15, Sat 1/16, & Sun 1/17

ADDITIONAL FUNDRAISING EVENT:
If you're in the New York area on Monday, January 18, you can drop off emergency supplies at the Benefit Bash for Haiti hosted by Patty Laurent, Mona Scott-Young, Daphnee Duplaix, Wiener Milien (NYC TV), the Heavy Hitters, I. Maxime Auguste (Haitian Memorial Foundation) and more. Location: Crimson (formerly Strata), 915 Broadway, New York, NY 10010. For more information call 212-844-9829 or email pattylaurent.signature@gmail.com.

Below is a summary of informational tools and resources for the coming days as it relates to the situation in Haiti. Please send this to your networks.

In these first critical hours, we are focusing on saving lives and supporting recovery, but we know that several of you are pooling resources and supplies in your own communities. White House Haiti Earthquake For the most up to date information throughout the coming days please continue to monitor http://www.whitehouse.gov/HaitiEarthquake

A top priority is accounting for the thousands of American citizens who are currently in Haiti. Families of Americans living in Haiti who are trying to find the status of their loved ones are encouraged to contact the State Department at 1-888-407-4747. This line is experiencing a high volume of calls at this time, so we ask for your continued patience.

Cash donations are the most efficient and effective way to help the relief effort in Haiti right now. They allow humanitarian organizations to purchase (often within the affected region itself) the exact type and quantity of items needed by those affected by the crisis. Read about the advantages of monetary donations here. You can immediately donate to the Red Cross to assist the relief effort. Contribute online to the Red Cross, or donate $10 to be charged to your cell phone bill by texting "HAITI" to "90999." You can also find more ways to help through the Center for International Disaster Information, or through USAID’s interactive website, which has a list of NGOs and instructions on how to help: http://www.usaid.gov.

Right now, the airport is being used to facilitate search and rescue efforts. This is a complex and difficult environment, and all of our efforts have to be focused on prioritizing and moving the right resources into Haiti that can save lives in the next 48 hours. That is why we are encouraging private citizens to focus their efforts on supporting established aid organizations that are deploying resources to Haiti, and to hold off on travelling there themselves.

We ask that you keep track of offers of in kind services and supplies being offered in your communities in the coming days so that as needs on the ground are assessed we can quickly turn around the resources and get them to Haiti. Those looking to donate time, supplies or funds should contact the Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI) at 703-276-1914, or visit them online at http://www.cidi.org/incident/haiti-10a/

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