UPDATES: Several local organizations are sponsoring/hosting benefits to raise funds for Haiti. Here are a few we’ve heard about – if you would like to add to the list, please comment below.
ABCDEFG Haiti – February 19, 7 p.m. to midnight: “Amazing Boulder Carnival Dance and Earthquake Fund Gathering for Haiti.” Join us in supporting our Haitian brothers and sisters at a fundraising extravaganza at the Boulder Elks Lodge, 3975 28th St. in Boulder. Music, dancing, tasty food, costumes and prizes, guest speakers, silent auction of fabulous items, and more. Our chef, Tom McNeill, is owner and executive chef of The Gourmet Cowboy in Vail. All hosted by Rockin’ Robin! Tickets are only $25. 100% of proceeds goes to the American Red Cross for its Haiti Relief and Development Fund. Info at ABCDEFGHaiti.com. Performers include Chris Daniels and Jaden (who totally rocks. If you haven’t seen this kid – she’s amazing).
As you’ve probably heard by now, Port-au-Prince, Haiti was rocked by an enormous, 7.0 magnitude earthquake almost directly under the city, and the area has been devastated. The estimate of the number of people impacted by the earthquake in the immediate areas of worst shaking is upwards of 2.5 million people. There are thousands of casualties, and relief work is just beginning to get underway as I write this, 24 hours after the quake.
President Clinton, the UN’s Special Envoy to Haiti since last year, speaking on NPR this afternoon and asked what the UN and Haiti needed, responded that “for the next week or so, the main thing we need is cash.” This is not unusual after a disaster of this magnitude — it is difficult to get people and teams of workers to the site, and what aid agencies need initially is the cash to cover the immense amount of food, water and medical supplies that must be purchased and shipped in before anyone thinks about dealing with clothing or other goods donations.
From the JTA:
Though Haiti does not have much of a Jewish community left, the Jewish world is mobilizing to help out in the recovery from last night’s massive earthquake.
In the United States, several Jewish groups — including the American Jewish World Service, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, American Jewish Committee and B’nai B’rith International — have set up mailboxes for people to make donations. And Israel has sent over rescue workers to help in the general cause and to find several missing Israelis.”
Though not comprehensive, here is a brief list of Jewish and non-Jewish aid organizations which are collecting money; some are also directly involved on the ground in Haiti. All links below go directly to a Haiti-information or specific donation page, plus any alternate methods are given. If you would like add organizations or share other info for getting involved, please comment below.
- Allied Jewish Federation: Mail check made out to AJF with “Haiti Relief Fund” in memo to AJF, 300 S. Dahlia St. Suite 300, Denver, CO 80246
- American Jewish Committee
- American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee
- American Red Cross: 1-800-REDCROSS. Send a $10 Donation now by Texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999.
- American Jewish World Service, 212-792-2900.
- B’nai Brith International
- Colorado Haiti Project (locally based)
- Doctors Without Borders, 888-392-0392
- UNICEF, 800-367-5437
Also, as with any disaster, the FBI urges people who are looking for ways to help with earthquake relief to be wary of solicitations that could be from scam artists.
“Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization or a good cause,” the FBI said, in passing along these tips:
- Ignore unsolicited e-mails, and do not click on links within those messages.
- Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
- Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files, because the files may contain computer viruses. Open attachments only from know senders.
- Decline to give personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions.
- Make contributions directly to known organizations, rather than relying on others who claim in e-mails that they will channel the donation to established groups.
The FBI says anyone receiving an e-mail that appears to be a scam should forward it to this website: www.ic3.gov