Project Brotherly Love: Philadelphians Respond to Katrina

The following is an announcement from the Department of Human Services:
As you may be aware, Mayor Street has announced that the City will providing emergency housing and support to 1,000 families made homeless as a result of Hurricane Katrina. He has also committed the city to spend $1 million to provide food, transportation, medical and counseling services for the approximately 3-5000 individuals in these families.

You or your organization can be part of this effort.

You can donate money to the American Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund by calling 1-800-HELP-NOW or visiting the Red Cross Web site at

You can support area Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD) by visiting

Today, you can join Radio One and the City of Philadelphia for a fund-raiser in JFK Plaza/Love Park Friday, September 2, from 6:00 AM to 7:00 PM.

Our local area Red Cross is a national call center for victims of the hurricane and is receiving hundreds of calls each day. The callers are devastated and asking for our help to guide them to shelters and other critical services.

The call center needs experienced operators and data processors to staff the call center from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM seven days a week. The call center is at 23rd and Chestnut Streets. The Red Cross will provide parking, food and training. Call 215-299-0495 to volunteer.

In addition to the Red Cross, the South Mississippi Sun-Herald has published a list of charities active in responding to the crisis that can also use your donations. Most charities are requesting financial donations rather than goods or clothing. This enables them to use the funds within the communities that are most affected.

America's Second Harvest: ( for hunger relief. 1-800-344-8070.

Catholic Charities: ( (800) 919-9338.

Church World Services: ( 1-800-297- 1516.

Network for Good: ( provides easy access for donations to a number of charities including the Humane Society of America (for pets,) and various chapters of the United Way in Florida and Louisiana.

Salvation Army: (

Feed the Children: ( 800-525-7575.

Operation Blessing: ( for hunger relief. 800-730-2537.

United Methodist Committee on Relief: ( 800-554-8583.

Noah's Wish: ( Rescue and shelter for animals during disasters. Send checks to Noah's Wish, P.O. Box 997, Placerville, Calif. 95667, 530-622-9313.

Convoy of Hope: ( General disaster relief. 417-823-8998.

Samaritan's Purse: ( General disaster relief. 800-567-8183.

American Friends Service Committee: ( Emergency Relief. 215-241-7000

This information is provided to you as a public service of the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Division of Community-Based Prevention Services. For further information or if you have information you would like to share through this listserv, email DHSPreve


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