Friday, July 25, 2008

Hurricane Relief: How You Can Help

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Tens of thousands of people in the U.S. Gulf Coast have fled their homes in response to Hurricane Ike, while others are still in great need in Hurricane Gustav's wake. Relief efforts are underway for evacuees and to support state and local authorities in their response.



You can help victims of disasters like Hurricane Gustav and Hurricane Ike by making a donation to the charities below. The relief funds for charities that are active in disaster work allow them to mobilize immediate assistance to people in need.

American Red Cross:
Helping evacuees in shelters in Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana and Texas by moving workers, ready-to-eat meals, cots and blankets to more than 200 mobile feeding trucks.
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Pre-positioning emergency relief supplies in a Memphis warehouse to rapidly respond to people's needs.
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Best Friends Animal Society:
Moving hundreds of animals out of the local shelters in Louisiana to make room for hands-on rescue work after the storm.
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Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans:
Preparing to begin a humanitarian response after the storm.
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Feed the Children:
Delivering truckloads of relief items for evacuees and storm victims.
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Food for the Poor:
Providing relief to Haiti and have created the Hurricane Gustav Relief Fund to speed additional help to storm victims.
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Mercy Corps:
Preparing to help those in harm's way through a network of local partners and neighborhood groups.
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Mississippi Hurricane Recovery Fund:
Providing relief for Mississippians impacted by Hurricane Katrina and other emergencies including Hurricane Gustav.
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Operation USA:
Partnering with established networks of community health clinics that are working around the clock to anticipate needs resulting from a major storm with storm surges.
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Salvation Army:
Preparing mobile feeding units and kitchens in Alabama, Florida, Louisiana and Texas.
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Save the Children:
Assisting their Gulf Coast staff with children and families as they arrive at shelters.
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World Vision International:
Coordinating with hundred of churches and community groups to host and help evacuees. Emergency supplies ready in Mississippi and Dallas; more on standby across the country.
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You can keep checking this list, we will be updating it with charities who are on the ground helping people affected by this storm as that information becomes available.

If you would like to donate in-kind goods, you can do that via the individual state portals listed here or at America Responds With Love.

Friday, June 20, 2008

Support Midwest Flood Relief

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The worst flooding in the Midwest in 15 years has swamped vast sections of the U.S. farm belt, forced tens of thousands of people from their homes and caused at least one billion dollars in damage. Several charities have established special funds and sent disaster teams to the area.

Your donation today will help these charities continue to provide shelters, clean up supplies and meals for the victims along the Mississippi. Please designate your donation to Midwest Flood Relief or as indicated below in parentheses.

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Friday, June 13, 2008

Bring an End to the Global Food Crisis

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According to Reuters Alertnet, more than 850 million people around the world go to bed hungry every night. Most of the world's hungry are not short of food because of a one-off disaster or crop failure but because of chronic, long-term poverty and food-price increases.
Help families get the food they need to survive by making a donation to one of the charities below providing support. Also consider monthly giving so that your contribution can continue to help communities around the world in the months ahead.
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Monday, May 05, 2008

Help victims of the Myanmar cyclone

Tropical Cyclone Nargis hit the Southeast Asian country of Myanmar, also known as Burma with winds of up to 120 mph, leaving thousands dead and hundreds of thousands more people homeless. Restrictions on international aid have slowed down assessment and relief operations. InterAction members are responding to this crisis through a variety of mechanisms, including but not limited to: emergency medical assistance, transitional shelter, provision of non-food items, and debris clearing.

Help the victims by making a donation to one of these agencies below preparing supplies to be delivered as quickly as possible.

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Action Against Hunger; preparing to launch an emergency intervention of water purifying tablets, water, rehabilitation/protection of water points, essential non-food items and emergency shelters, hygiene promotion, environmental clearing/clean up, food, cash and/or vouchers

ActionAid; working in Irrawaddy, identifying the key needs of the affected population along with local partners to supply funding and emergency response

Air Serv; is preparing to be a first responder, with helicopters ready to deliver crucial supplies and relief workers

American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC); mobilizing large-scale relief effort with international partners; dispatching rescue workers; sending medical supplies; assessing longer-term development needs

American Red Cross; has pledged funds and supplies in support of Myanmar Red Cross's efforts distributing drinking water, clothing, food, plastic tarpaulins and hygiene kits

American Refugee Committee; working to distribute emergency supplies; pending approval of entry visas a rapid assessment team will be deployed to the region

AmeriCares; assembling life-saving medical and other humanitarian supplies to be shipped immediately to partners on the ground in Myanmar

Ananda Marga Universal Relief Team; sending a relief team from SE Asia to Burma

Baptist World Alliance; has pledged $50,000 to assist with emergency relief efforts and is coordinating relief efforts with Baptists around the world

Catholic Relief Services; supporting the emergency relief and response efforts of the Caritas Internationalis network

Christian Reformed World Relief Committee; is appealing for funds and planning immediate intervention that includes shelter, water, and kitchen and medical supplies

Church World Service; coordinating relief operations with a comprehensive assessment on-going

Direct Relief International; partnering in Thailand and other neighboring countries to offer assistance to medical relief efforts for people affected by the storm

Doctors Without Borders; distributing food, plastic sheeting, jerry cans and fuel for water pumps, and treating water; planning a mosquito-net distribution in the coming days to prevent malaria and and dengue fever

Global Giving; providing emergency medical care, shelter, water and food and other immediate needs

Habitat for Humanity; assembling a technical team to partner with other organizations in support of long-term shelter reconstruction efforts

International Committee of the Red Cross; distributing preliminary and essential relief items - mosquito nets, tarpaulins, water and purification tablets

International Medical Corps; securing emergency supplies including medical supplies, blankets, water purification tablets, sanitation items and hygiene kits

International Rescue Committee; deploying operations, logistics, water and sanitation experts and hopes to bring in medical staff soon for an operation that would provide clean water, sanitation services, shelter materials, other urgent supplies and health care

Latter-day Saint Charities; have a field team in-country and cooperating with other international agencies in disaster response

Lutheran World Relief; assessing the situation and planning a response on behalf of the Action by Churches Together (ACT) network

MAP International; working with partner organizations on the ground in Myanmar and other international agencies in order to assess the situation and respond

Mercy Corps; helping partners on the ground bring relief to affected families

Operation USA; responding with shelter, water purification and health care supplies after an assessment is completed by staff currently in the area

Oxfam; sending aid through partner organizations with a mixture of cash funding, technical expertise and equipment where required

Save the Children; distributing food, plastic sheeting, water purification tablets and other non food items

The Salvation Army; dispensing rice, clean water and other relief

UNICEF; providing child protection, water, sanitation, hygiene, nutrition and education

United Methodist Committee on Relief; continues to monitor the situation and expects to respond to help the people of Myanmar recover as opportunities become available

World Concern; pending a needs-assessment, expecting that to follow-up with food, water, and other basic needs

World Food Programme; distributing food in cyclone-damaged areas of Yangon

World Vision; providing assistance in the form of zinc sheets, tents, tarpaulins, and medicine

Thursday, February 28, 2008

It’s Tax Time – Claim Your Charitable Deduction!

Login to access your donation records; sort by date and print a copy. When you donate to your favorite charity through Network for Good, your records are stored in one place, ready to claim.

Tax tips; get answers to common questions about charity and tax deductions.

• Get some advice from Charity Navigator's video guide.

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• Put your refund to work by making a donationtoday. You can also set up a monthly donation to your favorite charity. It's quick and easy and you can change the designation at any time.

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As we dive deeper into 2008, consider making all your charitable gifts with us--it will save you time (and sanity!) this time next year.