This section offers recommendations on the most helpful ways any of us can become involved in supporting relief efforts in the U.S. and abroad.
- Donate Money: The most effective and efficient way to provide relief to disaster victims is by donating money to organizations responding to the disaster. Make sure that you thoroughly research the organization to which you intend to donate.
- Volunteer: A coordinated community response is crucial in the aftermath of a major disaster. Volunteers with technical skills (doctors, nurses, engineers, etc.) or previous disaster experience are much needed. Those who feel that they meet the criteria for being an international disaster relief volunteer are invited to register in USAID CIDI’s Volunteer Database.
- Donate Frequent Flyer Miles: You also have the option to donate frequent flyer miles to charities involved in relief efforts; these organizations use your donated miles to fly aid workers to affected areas, hand-deliver humanitarian aid to remote communities, escort children in need, etc.
- Donate Material Donations: Material donations of new or used items are also helpful. You can donate to a local charitable organization within your community or sell collected items in a charity auction/yard sale and donate the proceeds to the disaster relief organization.
For additional information, see Guidelines for Giving and Guidelines for Appropriate International Disaster Donations from the Center for International Disaster Information or Making The Most Of Your Donation from InterAction.