Support relief efforts of Hurricane Katrina
Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Mayor Urges Cash Donations to Help Hurricane Victims
Release Date: Wednesday, August 31, 2005
Dayton Mayor Rhine McLin is joining other national and local officials to urge citizens to support relief efforts for victims of Hurricane Katrina by making cash contributions.
?What the victims of Hurricane Katrina need right now is financial support to the various volunteer agencies responding to their situation,? Mayor McLin said. ?More than donated goods or volunteers, relief agencies are looking for cash.?
According to FEMA, cash donations are especially helpful to victims because they allow volunteer agencies to issue cash vouchers to victims so they can meet their needs. Cash donations also allow agencies to avoid the labor-intensive need to store, sort, pack and distribute donated goods. 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.
To make a contribution, Mayor McLin said residents can contact the local Red Cross chapter at 222-6711. Other national relief organization contact information provided by FEMA is listed below:
American Red Cross
1-800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English
America?s Second Harvest
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
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
For further information: visit the website for the National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NVOAD) at www.nvoad.org.