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Charities Responding to Hurricane Katrina

A huge number of charities are providing aid to those whose homes were destroyed and lives disrupted by Hurricane Katrina. Below is a list of charities on this website (or agencies affiliated with these charities) that are providing services in the wake of this natural disaster. All of these charities have met the federal charity drive’s 10 accountability standards.

We include a link to each charity’s website where you can learn more about how it is responding to the hurricane.

In addition, on our website, you can learn about each charity’s mission, see its answers to six basic questions about its work (such as, “How can I be sure that you will use my money wisely?”) and see how much it spends on administration and overhead. (For each charity you can learn this information by clicking on “All Charities A to Z” and then clicking on the charity’s name.)

As you think about which causes to support, please read our advice about giving in response to a disaster. We think you will find both some useful information about how to quickly check out any charity as well as some perspective about how to select a charity that goes beyond the usual advice.

ADRA International

The Adventist Development and Relief Agency International is working with local partners to distribute relief items in New Orleans, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

To donate by phone: 1-800-424-2372
To donate by mail: ADRA International
12501 Columbia Pike
Silver Spring, MD 20904
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

Air Serv International, Inc.

AirServ has arranged helicopter assistance to enable Entergy, the electric utility serving New Orleans and other areas hit by Katrina, to install new towers to restore electricity to storm-affected areas.

To donate by phone : 1-540-428-2323
To donate by mail:

Air Serv International, Inc.
6583 Merchant Place, Suite 100
Warrenton, VA 20187
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

Alley Cat Allies

Alley Cat Allies' Compassion Fund will assist grassroots and small- to mid-sized organizations providing on-site, hands-on care to the feline victims of Hurricane Katrina. Alley Cat Allies will locate and help caregivers and feline rescue groups in the Gulf States throughout the rebuilding of the devastated coast.

To donate by phone: 240-482-1983
To donate by mail: Alley Cat Allies
Compassion Fund
7920 Norfolk Avenue, Suite 600
Bethesda, MD 20814-2525
Please designate “Emergency Care”
or “Disaster Relief.”

American Red Cross form.asp

To donate by phone: 1-800-435-7699 (English speaking)
1-800-257-7575 (Spanish speaking)
1-800-220-4095 (TDD Operator)
To donate by mail: American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013

Please designate “Local Red Cross Chapter” (chapters are sending volunteers to hard-hit areas) or “Disaster Relief”

Americans Helping Americans

Americans Helping Americans is purchasing and transporting ready-to-eat food items, baby food and diapers, can openers, drinking water, over-the-counter medications, first-aid / medical supplies, personal hygiene items, bedding, towels, new clothing, cleaning supplies, rubber gloves, school supplies,…etc to these people who are desperately in need.

To donate by phone: 703-317-9412
To donate by mail: Americans Helping Americans
2550 Huntington Avenue
Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22303
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

Catholic Charities USA

Catholic Charities agencies from across the country are already working to meet the immediate needs of evacuees that have come into their communities, as well as planning to provide assistance for the long-term needs of the victims.

To donate by phone: 1-800-919-9338
To donate by mail: Catholic Charities USA
Hurricane Katrina
P.O. Box 25168
Alexandria, VA 22313-9788

Christian Relief Services

Christian Relief Services is accepting donations of money and relief materials to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina through its affiliate Americans Helping Americans. (see earlier listing)

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana

The Coalition has been an advocate for restoring the coastal ecosystem for many years. According to its website, the Coalition will be meeting with Administration officials, Congressional delegates and staffers, emergency response planners, business and industry leaders, and national conservation organizations to begin the necessary steps toward recovery and restoration.

“Our work in the past will not only help us better understand the immediate challenges we face but will also help us plan for the broader work of restoring our coast as well as restoring hope and promise to the region.”

The Coalition is a relatively small charitable organization. Contributions to it are tax deductible. It is not part of the Combined Federal Campaign nationally. However, in relation to its administration and fund-raising costs, it could qualify: they add up to just 12% of its budget.

To donate by mail:
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana
746 Main St.
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.

One of the first charities to head to storm-affected areas, rescuing not just horses but all animals abandoned or lost in the hurricane.

To donate by phone: 301-854-5037
To donate by mail: Days End Farm Horse Rescue, Inc.
“Hurricane Katrina Relief”
15856 Frederick Road
Lisbon. MD 21765

Feed the Children

Providing supplies, including food, bottled water, cleaning supplies, paper products and other emergency essentials to Louisiana, Mississippi, as well as Texas, Georgia and Tennessee to assist in relief efforts for those who have been evacuated from the devastated areas. Feed The Children will continue to provide supplies and relief for as long as necessary.

To donate by phone: 1-800-525-7575
To donate by mail: Feed the Children
“Hurricane Katrina Relief”
P.O. Box 36
Oklahoma City, OK 73101

International Association of Fire Chiefs

Assisting with incident command as well as assessment and analysis of fire department losses.

Miracle Flights for Kids

Providing emergency transportation for children with special needs or those too infirm to travel by regular means with their families.

To donate by phone: 1-702-261-0494
To donate by mail: Miracle Flights for Kids
2756 N. Green Valley Pkwy #115
Green Valley, NV 89014-2120
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill

To aid victims of Hurricane Katrina with serious mental illnesses and their families, NAMI has established the NAMI Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund.

To donate by mail: NAMI Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
Colonial Place Three
2107 Wilson Blvd, Suite 300
Arlington, VA 22201-3402

National Mental Health Association

NMHA is responding to the immediate mental health needs of those people directly affected by Hurricane Katrina, but we’re also planning a long-term response to help these people heal and move forward.

In the short term, NMHA is helping by: distributing fact sheets on Coping With Disaster for adults, parents, teens and younger children; providing emotional and psychological support to those responding to this crisis, including disaster response teams, journalists, reservists, police officers, members of the National Guard and many others; providing support to the thousands of children relocated and forced to attend school in new communities; coordinating a nationwide response from 340 affiliates to support Mental Health Associations and the volunteers in the affected communities who are trying to respond while coping with their own personal traumas; rebuilding affiliates decimated by the hurricane and partnering with other national and local organizations responding to this crisis.

To donate by phone: 1-800-969-NMHA
To donate by mail: National Mental Health Association
“Mental Health Crisis Response Fund”
2001 North Beauregard Street, 12th Floor
Alexandria, VA 22311

NAACP Special Contribution Fund

Partnering with MOVE-ON’s to secure transitional and long-term housing for those displaced by Hurricane Katrina, and attend to other immediate and long-term needs. Needs office volunteers.

To donate by phone: 1-866-966-2227
To donate by mail: NAACP Special Contribution Fund
4805 Mount Hope Dr.
Baltimore, MD 21215
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

Operation Blessing

To donate by phone: 1-800-730-2537
To donate by mail: Operation Blessing International
“Hurricane Relief”
977 Centreville Turnpike
Virginia Beach, VA 23463

Rebuilding Together

Accepting donations of money and the labor of construction professionals to assist in rebuilding storm-affected areas. See website.

To donate by mail: Rebuilding Together
1536 16th St. NW
Washington, D.C. 20036
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Relief”

Save the Children

Special focus will be on dislocated children, working with partners to bring some normalcy into their lives, especially among children who have lost their homes and their communities. Working with state, federal and local authorities to help dislocated children adjust to crisis over the long term.

To donate by phone: 1-800-SAVETHECHILDREN
To donate by mail: Save the Children
54 Wilton Rd.
Westport, CT 06880
Please designate “Hurricane Katrina Fund for Children”

Salvation Army

To donate by phone: 1-800-725-2769
To donate by mail: Salvation Army USA
“Disaster Relief”
P.O. Box 4857
Jackson. MS 39296-4857


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