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Haiti: How to Help

01/14/2010

Contributions to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund support recovery and long-term rebuilding needs of the devastated Haitian communities, as well as to meet the needs of Haitians affected by the disaster who have relocated to the USA and throughout the Caribbean.  Click here for information on United Way's response in Haiti.

Here are several ways you can help:

Give Now Online

Click here to donate online now.

Write a Check

Checks can be made out to United Way and mailed to United Way Worldwide
P.O. Box 630568
Baltimore, MD 21263-0568.
The memo line should include "United Way Disaster Recovery Fund."

Donate by Phone

Donate by calling  1-866-404-5826

Text-to-Give

You can make a $5 donation by texting HAITI to 864833 (UNITED). Standard text messaging rates apply.

International Donor Advised Giving Program.

If you or your organization would like to donate $5,000 or more to assist in United Way's disaster recovery efforts, please contact the International Donor Advised Giving Program at 703.519.0092.

In-Kind Donations

Gifts In Kind International works primarily with corporate donors who give product donations in large amounts. You can find out more at www.giftsinkind.org or call 703.836.2121.
AidMatrix Network is accepting in-kind donations for NGOs. Find out more ate www.aidmatrix.org or call 469.357.3185.

Volunteer

At present, United Way is not sending volunteers to Haiti. If you have prior disaster relief experience, have fluency of the local language and have expertise in technical fields such as medicine, communications logistics, water/sanitation engineering, we encourage you to register with Center for International Disaster Information (CIDI.org) volunteer database.

Partnership Opportunities

For more information about partnership opportunities with United Way Worldwide to rebuild Haiti, please contact James.VanderKlok@unitedway.org

When making donations....

  •  Financial contributions are preferred.
  • Cash donations help to avoid the labor and expense of sorting, packing and transporting donations.
  • Voluntary relief agencies use cash to meet specific needs more quickly.
  • Purchasing relief supplies available in the impacted community helps the local economy recover more quickly.
  • Donate through an experienced organization.
  • Coordination is essential to ensure that the right goods in the right amounts are collected, transported and distributed.
  • To prevent waste, donations of goods should be made only to agencies that have specific requests.
  • Confirm the need before collecting.
  • A community in crisis does not have the time, manpower or money to dispose of unneeded donations.
  • Donors should be wary of anyone who claims that "everything" is needed.
  • Do not assume that supplies will be transported at no charge.

 

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