If you want to help in the relief effort...

September 02, 2005|By ANDREW SCHOTZ

For those who want to donate to the Hurricane Katrina relief effort, the Federal Emergency Management Agency recommends cash.

FEMA urges people who want to do something besides give money to contact volunteer agencies rather than just show up in disaster-struck areas.

Organizations on FEMA's list of those accepting cash donations are:

  • American Red Cross, 800-435-7669 (800-HELP-NOW)

  • Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348

  • America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070

Organizations that are soliciting both cash and volunteers include:

  • Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171

  • Catholic Charities USA, 703-549-1390

  • Christian Disaster Response, 941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554

  • Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818

  • Church World Service, 800-297-1516

  • Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998

  • Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522

  • Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210

  • Nazarene Disaster Response, 888-256-5886

  • Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283

  • The Salvation Army, 800-725-2769 (800-SAL-ARMY)

  • Southern Baptist Convention disaster relief, 800-462-8657, ext. 6440

  • United Methodist Committee on Relief, 800-554-8583

The state of Maryland also has a Web site where people can help Hurricane Katrina victims. The address is It links to the FEMA Web site and to the USA Freedom Corps Volunteer Network.


The Guidestar Web site ? ? lists organizations that are helping, plus tips for choosing which charity to support.

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