All of us are now aware of the crisis that has taken place in Haiti.  The nightly news is cluttered with pictures of dusty, bloodied Haitians in distress, and being the people that we are, Americans want to know how to help.  Here are a few organizations that are mobilizing efforts in the country:

InterAction, a coalition of U.S.-based international nongovernment organizations, has a list of agencies and how to donate to them listed at www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti.

U.S. Fund for UNICEF, www.unicefusa.org/haitiquake or (800) 486-4233.

Hearts With Haiti, www.heartswithhaiti.org, with offices at West Raleigh Presbyterian Church, supports three children’s homes. One of its homes, St. Joseph’s, was destroyed in the earthquake.

Family Health Ministries, www.familyhm.org, run by a Durham OB/GYN and his wife, a nurse practitioner, works to improve health, nutrition and education in Haiti.

Hearts and Hands for Haiti, www.heartsandhandsforhaiti.org, run by Stan Wiebe in Raleigh. Wiebe was in Port-au-Prince when the earthquake erupted.

Haiti Fund Inc., www.haitifundinc.org, works with farmers to improve growing practices.

The Haiti Connection, www.thehaiticonnection.org, is a Raleigh-based organization that builds coalitions for educational, medical and spiritual projects.

Hope for Haiti, www.hopeforhaitifoundation.com, is based in Raleigh and supports schools and medical clinics.

Horne Memorial Methodist Church in Clayton has volunteers in Haiti. They are collecting medical supplies and other items. Donations need to be received by this morning. For more information, e-mail jlee@walthomgroup.com.

Amurt, an international relief organization, is on the ground in Haiti. Donations can be made through www.amurt.net.

The Catholic Diocese of Charlotte is collecting donations. Checks may be sent to Haiti Disaster Relief, Catholic Diocese of Charlotte, 1123 South Church Street, Charlotte, NC 28203-4003.

Presbyterian Church USA takes contributions at www.pcusa.org/pda.

The N.C. Conference of the United Methodist Church accepts donations at any United Methodist Church or at www.new.gbgm-umc.org/umco.

The United States Islamic Relief USA is planning to ship $1 million of supplies to Haiti. Go to www.IslamicReliefUSA.org or call (888) 479-4968.

IF YOU ARE TRYING TO LOCATE RELATIVES IN HAITI, HERE ARE SOME RESOURCES TO USE:

The US State Department asks Americans who are looking for family members in Haiti to call 1-888-407-4747. Due to the heavy volume, callers may get a recording. Outside of the US, call 202-501-4444.

Also, Americans in Haiti can call the Embassy’s Consular Task Force at 509-2229-8942, 509-2229-8089, 509-2229-8322, or 509-2229-8672. They can also e-mail ACSPaP@state.gov to request assistance.

And of course, please offer all of your prayers and thoughts to all Haitians and Haitian-Americans as forces search tirelessly for survivors…

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