If you’re like me, you’ve been watching, reading or listening to the news of death and destruction after the earthquake in Haiti, wondering how best to help, possibly infuriated by claims that us non religious folk are less likely to donate or volunteer in such efforts. Some research yielded the following.
As of a few hours ago, it was reported that Jet Blue and American Airlines were arranging to fly medical volunteers from New York to Haiti for free. I was unable to find further information about this, but there is a phone number circulating on Twitter: 212-697-9767.
Update: This has been confirmed to have been a false rumor.
If you are not a doctor or nurse, the best way to help is to donate money to relief organizations that have a handle on the situation. Sometimes it’s hard to know whether an organization is really spending your money the way they claim they are, so I prefer to give to secular groups who don’t have ulterior motives beyond helping people in dire situations. Here is a list of secular organizations who appear to have relief efforts mobilized on the ground in Haiti:
Spread the word:
If you have a website or blog, post links to relief sites. Doctors without Borders has a handy little button you can put right on your page.