Cross Posted from Rosetta Thurman:

Yesterday, I made my very first donation by text. Tears rolled down my face as I punched in each number on my cell phone. I couldn’t stop crying because I wanted to do more. So much more.

As you all know, on January 12, a 7.0 magnitude earthquake struck Haiti. As a result, the country is in ruins, and more than 100,000 are feared dead. Up to 3 million people could be affected by this earthquake, the worst in 200 years. Given the recent events and devastation brought upon Haiti, I cannot think of anything more important that we can do right now than to lend your voice, efforts, and money to our brothers and sisters in Haiti who are in such desperate need now and will be for the long term. For right now, aid officials are asking folks NOT to collect donated goods as there is no on the ground capacity to distribute unsorted random goods and won’t be for some time. The devastation is such that they also don’t want people going down there independently as roads are closed and not passable. So, the best thing to do right now is to give cash. The quickest way to give is by mobile giving through your cell phone. Here’s how:

* SMS text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts
* SMS text “YELE” to 501501 to Donate $5 to Yele Haiti’s Earthquake Relief efforts (Yele was established by recording artist Wyclef Jean)
* Canadian folks can text the word “Haiti” to 45678 (Canada only) on behalf of the Salvation Army in Canada

Your donation goes to the recipient charity, and the donation appears as a charge on your carrier bill. You or your organization can also make a gift to any of these charities that are on the ground providing assistance. The Washington Post has compiled an even more comprehensive list of charities to support.

If you cannot give money, please give your thoughts and prayers to the people of Haiti during this tragedy.

If you cannot give money, please show your support on Twitter or Facebook. Many folks are looking for ways that they can help right now. Please consider updating your status message with something like this:

* Text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. (Facebook)
* Text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to Red Cross relief efforts. #Haiti (Twitter)

If you are in the midst of planning any events to support the relief effort, please consider collecting MONEY instead of supplies. Governments worldwide are responding to the current disaster by sending search and rescue teams as well as goods. Relief organizations are also ramping up their efforts and sending out calls for support. The best thing we can do from the U.S. right now is to send our thoughts, prayers, and money.

“Yele” means a “cry for freedom.” Let’s please do our part to let them know we hear their cry.

If you’re in Washington, DC, here are a few ways to get involved with relief efforts:

Helping Haiti from the Hill
Thursday, January 14, 2010
6:00-8:00pm
At
Hawk ‘n’ Dove
Upstairs bar
329 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003
Please join us for a happy hour fundraiser to support the emergency relief efforts that are severely needed in Haiti. Each contribution makes a difference, not matter the amount. Donations will be made to the Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti.Helping Haiti from the Hill
Helping Haiti from the Hill

Thursday, January 14, 2010, 6:00-8:00pm

Hawk ‘n’ Dove
Upstairs bar
329 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

Please join us for a happy hour fundraiser to support the emergency relief efforts that are severely needed in Haiti. Each contribution makes a difference, not matter the amount. Donations will be made to the Red Cross and Wyclef Jean’s Yele Haiti.
Crisis Camp Haiti

Saturday, January 16, 2010 from 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM

This Saturday, CrisisCamp will bring together volunteers to collaborate on technology projects which aim to assist in Haiti’s relief efforts by providing data, information, maps and technical assistance to NGOs, relief agencies and the public. This event is free and open to the public. You don’t have to be technical to volunteer time. Please visit the event page for registration, logistics, and more information as the planning unfolds.
January 20 Fundraiser for Haiti

The Black Professional Network DC will be hosting an event to raise funds for the victims of the recent 7.0 earthquake in Haiti where an estimated 100,000 lives may have been taken. Renowned singer Loide Jorge and her band will be performing. 100% of raised funds and goods will be provided to Yele, a nonprofit founded by Wyclef Jean that provides relief efforts in Haiti.

When: Wednesday, January 20, 2010 at 6:00pm-1:00am
Where: Liv, 2001 11th Street NW St (11th and U St) Washington, DC

Please post any events, fundraisers or other organized relief efforts that you know of in the comments. Are the Young Nonprofit Professionals Networks doing anything? Please let me know!

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