Volunteers should not report directly to areas affected by Hurricane Katrina in the Gulf Coast states unless directed by a voluntary agency. Instead, organizations are seeking cash donations to assist victims, according to Michael D. Brown, under secretary of Homeland Security for Emergency Preparedness and Response.
“Cash donations are especially helpful to victims,” Brown said. “They allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Donated money prevents, too, the prohibitive cost of air or sea transportation that donated goods require.”
Volunteer agencies provide a wide variety of services after disasters, such as clean up, childcare, housing repair, crisis counseling, sheltering and food.
Here is a list of phone numbers set up solely for cash donations and/or volunteers.
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English,
America's Second Harvest
Donate Cash to and Volunteer with:
Adventist Community Services
Catholic Charities, USA
Christian Disaster Response
941-956-5183 or 941-551-9554
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee
Church World Service
Convoy of Hope
Corporation for National and Community Service Disaster Relief Fund
Lutheran Disaster Response
Mennonite Disaster Service
Nazarene Disaster Response
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Southern Baptist Convention -- Disaster Relief
1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440
United Methodist Committee on Relief
This list of organizations is provided by the National Organization of Voluntary Agencies Active in Disaster.