Message from Citizen Corps: How to Help in Haiti

Thursday January 14th, 2010

“…Let me just say that this is a time when we are reminded of the common humanity that we all share. With just a few hundred miles of ocean between us and a long history that binds us together, Haitians are neighbors of the Americas and here at home. So we have to be there for them in their hour of need…Despite the fact that we are experiencing tough times here at home, I would encourage those Americans who want to support the urgent humanitarian efforts to go to where you can learn how to contribute."

President Barack H. Obama
Remarks by the President on Rescue Efforts in Haiti
January 13, 2010

Greeting Colleagues:

Thank you for the display of compassion and generosity toward the Haitian people and know this will be instrumental in continuing to help during this disaster. If you are looking for way to help, the most effective way to support the individuals and families of Haiti is through cash donations and support in locating family members.


The State Department Operations Center has set up the following number for Americans seeking information about family members in Haiti: 1-888-407-4747.


Cash donations allow for voluntary organizations to quickly pay for response and recovery efforts, and quickly provide direct financial assistance to disaster survivors to meet their own needs. Those interested in making contributions to help the victims in Haiti can do the following:

  1. You can go to for additional information regarding help for Haiti and watch the President's remarks or read the transcript

  2. For those looking for additional opportunities to donate to organizations involved in recovery efforts in Haiti following the devastating earthquake that struck near Port au Prince on Jan 12, 2010, you may contact the Center for International Disaster Information. The Center, operated under a grant from the United States Agency for International Development's Office of Foreign Disaster Assistance and initial support from IBM, has become a valuable resource to the public, as well as US government agencies, foreign embassies and international corporations. CIDI has established a dedicated page to coordinate Haiti support at:

  3. For those interested in learning more about how best to donate or provide assistance in Haiti click here. You can also go to for more information

  4. Additionally, interested donors can visit to obtain a list of credible responding agencies for international emergencies and to get valuable information on making informed decisions when supporting charities. In addition, donors can visit

We leave you with these words from Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:

"The entire Department of Homeland Security (DHS) extends its sympathy for the devastation and loss of life in Haiti following last night's earthquake--a disaster that has called the world to action in response…I encourage the American people to donate what funds they can afford to disaster relief organizations such as the American Red Cross to allow these voluntary groups to provide goods and services to disaster survivors as quickly as possible." January 13, 2010

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