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Tuesday, September 06, 2005

Hurricane Katrina - African American Relief Efforts

The following links highlight African American organizations and individuals that have joined in aiding the victims of Hurricane Katrina (also posted on Please take the time to review these listings, and carefully pick an organization that you feel will best relay your support to those in need. If you can not find something here, don't stop looking. Find out what your church is doing. We all need to play a part in supporting our fellow American citizens. Go inside the superdome with Oprah, and see what you can do to help.
Personal Donations: Thus far I have donated to BlackAmericaWeb and Red Cross Relief Efforts
In this time of national crisis and overwhelming tragedy, click here to find out what you can do to help with the relief effort or find support.
NAACP Disaster Relief Fund
In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the NAACP has launched the Disaster Relief Fund to raise monies through its members and those citizens of good will who want to help. The funds raised will be used to: 1) provide immediate assistance to the worst affected victims, 2) mobilize resources to feed, cloth and shelter displaced victims, and 3) to ensure the equitable distribution of money and resources from Federal, state and local government and other relief agencies.

The Relief Fund is providing support to families who are assisting those displaced by Hurricane Katrina.These funds raised by the Relief Fund will go to individual families who have opened their homes to families displaced by Hurricane Katrina, to supplement their personal households as the recovery efforts continue.
This site includes a listing of organizations that you can donate and things that you ans an individual can do to help these families in need.It also included the following alternative media outlets where you can get a more accurate and balancedpresentation of the New Orleans catastrophe....

PLEASE VISIT all these websites.

Five things you can do to help immediately:
1. Duplicate what we are doing elsewhere in New York City, in your city ortown, on your college campus, at your church, synagogue, mosque, or otherreligious institution, via your fraternity or sorority, or via your localcivic or social organization.

2. Cut and paste the information in this eblast about Items needed by survivors of the New Orleans catastrophe:* Monetary donations* Where you can ship non-perishable items* Alternative media outlets* Five things you can do to help immediatelyand share this information, as a ONE SHEET, with folks near and far, viaemail, or as a hand out at your event, religious institution, and with yourcivic or social organization.

3. Voice your opinion to local and national media, and to elected officials,via letter, email, op ed article, or phonecall, regarding the coverage ofthe New Orleans catastrophe, as well as to the federal government's ongoinghandling of the situation.

4. Ask the hotel you frequent, such as the Marriott or Holiday Inn, to giveyour hotel points to an individual or family in need of a stay for a night,a few nights, or longer, depending on how many points you have. Be sure toget confirmation that your points have been applied in that way. Encourageothers to do the same. Also inquire if your airline Frequent Flyer mileagecan be used for hotel stays as well.

Finally, either offer to pay for hotel rooms, or encourage others to do so,including your place of employment or worship or your organization.5. Dare to care about other human beings, no matter their race, gender,class, sexual orientation, religion, geography, culture, clothing,hairstyle, or accent or language. Like September 11th, the New Orleanscatastrophe is a harsh reminder that all life is precious, as is each day wehave on this earth.

AND REMEMBER that our attention and response to the New Orleans catastropheneeds to happen in three stages...DISASTER, RECOVERY, and REBUILDING. Weneed you for all three stages.

posted on:

Thu Sep 1,10:53 PM ET

NEW YORK - BET is the latest network to announce a telethon to benefit victims of Hurricane Katrina, airing as a two-part, four-hour broadcast Sept. 9. From 6 to 7:30 p.m. EDT, the network will present a special edition of "106 & Park: BET's Top 10 Live," followed by the telethon, which continues until 10 p.m. Russell Simmons, Chris Rock, Wynton Marsalis and rappers Master P, Juvenile and David Banner are among those scheduled to appear. Announced Thursday, the initiative is in partnership with the National Urban League and the American Red Cross.
posted on: Yahoo News
According to the Associated Press, Sean "Diddy" Combs and Jay-Z have pledged $1 million to the American Red Cross to help victims of Hurricane Katrina. The two rappers announced their donation yestertoday, saying they hoped to inspire others, especially blacks, to give. Jay-Z said he had put in calls to NBA star LeBron James and rapper Kanye West for donations.

Master PWith possibly thousands dead, water and food supplies running out and 80 percent of New Orleans submerged in rising waters, rap mogul and native son Master P has been busy trying to coordinate relief efforts to help citizens cope with perhaps the most catastrophic natural disaster ever experienced on U.S. soil.

While many in the mass media focus on looters and criminals, Black Engineer of the Year Alumni Brigadier General Robert Crear ('04), will play a major role in the Hurricane Katrina reconstruction efforts.
DiversityInc has compiled a list of reputable organizations to help those hurt by Hurricane Katrina.
American Red Cross
2025 E St., NW Washington,
DC 20006(800)
Hamilton Ave.Stamford,
CT 06902(800)
PO Box 1211
Albert Lea, MN 56007-121
PO Box 4857 Jackson,
MS 39296-4857
(800) SAL-ARMY

Catholic Charities USA
1731 King St.Alexandria,
VA 22314
(703) 549-1390
P.O. Box 6098Burbank,
CA 91510
(888) 479-4968

Union for Reform Judaism
633 Third Ave. New York,
NY 10017-6778
(212) 650-4000

Leading organizations of color are also accepting contributions to help Hurricane Katrina victims. National Association for the Advancement of Colored People
The NAACP Legal Department
4805 Mt. Hope Drive,
Baltimore, MD 21215
(410) 580-5790

National Urban League
120 Wall Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Telephone: (212) 558-5300

Rainbow/PUSH Coalition
930 East 50th Street
Chicago, IL 60615-2702
(773) 373-3366
(Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is only accepting food and other non-perishables).
National Council of La Raza
1126 16th Street, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
(202) 785-1670
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP)
601 E Street NW
Washington, DC 20049
posted on:
Hurricane Katrina Ravages HBCUs
Hurricane Katrina has affected several historically Black colleges and universities, reports a news release distributed through Dillard University and Xavier University in New Orleans and Tougaloo College in Mississippi are some of the HBCUs with damaged campuses, the release said.

The United Negro College Fund has established a special fund to help hurricane-ravaged schools in the gulf coast area.
Sep 1, 2005, 09:42

Where to donate to organizations who are:

  • Organizing at the grassroots level in New Orleans, Biloxi, Houston and other affected areas
  • Providing immediate disaster relief to poor people and people of color
  • Directed by, or accountable to, poor people and people of color
  • Fostering the democratic inclusion of poor people and people of color in the rebuilding process
More Donations and Outreach
According to the National Emergency Resource Registry the good that are currently most needed are:
  • Commercial Aircraft
  • Baby Food
  • Housing
  • Transportation
  • Emergency Supplies
I have been trying to find organizations that accept goods, in addition to the National Emergence Resource, but most larger organizations are limiting themselves to cash donations because it will require more people to go through the packages and make sure they are okay. I've read that the best thing to do is give goods to your local organizations, that are interested in partcipating in Hurricane Relief efforts.

More links:


A Message from a friend:

For those of you who have some airline miles lying around (or are looking to collect some more), many of the major U.S. airlines have programs in place to encourage their frequent fliers to donate to the ARC and other organizations. American AAdvantage and United Mileage Plus, for example, will offer 500 bonus miles to any member who donates $50+ to the ARC this month. Additionally, Delta, Continental, United, and others are encouraging their frequent fliers to donate some frequent flier miles directly to charities (miles-->dollars).

Also, if you have a lot of spare change lying around at home, you should know that you can donate all of it to the American Red Cross by taking your coins over to any Coinstar machine ( The last time I did this, it turned out I had $84 just in pennies, nickels, and dimes. That's not too bad at all!

It appears that there are a lot of creative ways to give, so for those of us who may not have a lot, there may still be way to contribute in a meaningful way.


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