Over 100 families have arrived in Arlington after losing their homes in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. There are many local needs -- for financial assistance, housing, furniture and household items, gift certificates, help finding employment, and other kinds of volunteer assistance.
(1) MONETARY CONTRIBUTIONS: Financial donations allow relief agencies to quickly and efficiently help those most in need. They are also tax-deductible.
Local organizations to which you may send monetary donations for hurricane relief include:
- AMEN (Arlingtonians Meeting Emergency Needs) welcomes cash contributions and gift certificates for such items as food, shelter, clothing, and household goods. Please mail a check or gift certificates that you have purchased to P.O. Box 7429, Arlington, VA 22203. AMEN will distribute your contributions to social workers working directly with needy families.
- American Red Cross, Arlington Chapter has been providing emergency assistance to evacuees, including temporary shelter in local motels. Contributions may be sent to the Arlington Red Cross, 4333 Arlington Boulevard, Arlington, VA 22203. Call 703-527-3010 x737 or click here for further information.
- Arlington Community Foundation offers help through its Prompt Response Fund that provides grants to local nonprofits assisting evacuees here in Arlington; and its ARK Recovery Fund that will be targetted to assistance in the Gulf Coast states. Call 703-243-4785 or visit www.arlcf.org to contribute.
For a list of national charities accepting hurricane relief contributions, click here.
Note: In addition to emergency relief agencies, many other local charitable organizations will face fundraising challenges due to the increased attention given to hurricane response. When you make your year-end contributions, please remember the agencies that provide year-round services to our most vulnerable neighbors.
(2) OTHER DONATIONS
- Housing: If you know of apartments, townhouses or other residences available at no cost or low rent, please contact Joanne Cubbage, Arlington County Department of Community Planning, Housing and Development (tel. 703-228-3765).
- Child Care: To help pay for child care as parents search for employment, please send a check payable to Treasurer, Arlington County to Toya Bryant, Child Care Supervisor, Arlington County DHS, 3033 Wilson Boulevard, Suite 600A, Arlington, Virginia 22201. For further information, call 703-228-1685.
- Transportation: To donate frequent flyer miles that evacuees can use to return to their homes or relocate elsewhere (at least enough for a one-way trip), please contact Ann Stretch at Travelers Aid, Reagan National Airport (tel. 703-417-3979 or email@example.com)
- Household Items: Twin-sized sheets, linens and other household goods are urgently needed for families settling in Northern Virginia. Contact the Diocese of Arlington Refugee Services, Jessica Noon Estrada, Volunteer Coordinator, at 703-841-3871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
(3) VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES: There are many needs for volunteer help.
- If your organization (church, synagogue or other faith community; service club; civic association; or employee group) is able to assist an evacuee family, please contact Connie Francis at the Volunteer Office, email@example.com or 703-228-1026.
- For a complete listing of volunteer opportunities in the community, visit the Volunteer Office's Online Volunteer Connection (OVC) and click under "Spotlight" and "New Listings". You may also reach the Volunteer Office by phone at 703-228-1760.