Haiti Humanitarian Aid
Update: The USAID Haiti links listed below have been moved to this page: http://www.usaid.gov/helphaiti/ . (posted January 26, 2010)
Subsequent to the recent earthquake in Haiti, inquiries on where to direct donations of commodities and offers of volunteer assistance may be forthcoming. The US Agency for International Development (USAID), http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/haiti/eq/cidi_offers.html USAID, is the lead federal agency (along with Department of Defense) responding to the Haiti earthquake disaster.
The form for specifically offering commodities is located at: http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/haiti/eq/dscmd.html. You can indicate that the commodities are a donation.
The form for offering your personal services is located at: http://www.usaid.gov/locations/latin_america_caribbean/country/haiti/eq/dstechas.html.
You must indicate on the forms that you agree to have your information shared with government and non-government organizations (NGOs) who may then contact you.
Alternatively, NGOs may be contacted directly, and efforts directed through these agencies. An extensive list of such organizations and their Haiti activities is at http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti.
In addition, The White House now has a page on Haiti relief at http://www.whitehouse.gov/haitiearthquake . At the bottom of this page is a widget for downloading to your web sites that will direct people to ways to assist. At the moment, the widget links back to this same White House page, but it will be changed to link to a USAID page that will have more specific info. Once you add the widget to your web site, it will automatically be directed to the appropriate URL as things evolve.
Other federal agencies (including CDC and the U.S. Geological Survey) are also beginning to dedicate new web pages to the situation as it continues to develop.