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Haiti: Helping Haiti

General information on Haiti, including the 2010 earthquake, cholera, and the elections.

What Can I Do?

Caution When Contributing

If you plan to contribute to relief efforts, consider these tips from the United Way and Better Business Bureau:

• Don't give to charities you've never heard of; don't trust charity endorsements from obscure blogs or e-mails. If you give to an established charity online, make sure to donate via its main site - not a separate page that might be operated by imposters.

• Gifts of clothing, food or other in-kind donations may not be appropriate. Unless the organization has the staff and infrastructure to distribute such aid, the donations might be more of a burden than a help.

• Avoid groups with names that sound like established charities but are slightly different. These organizations might be scams.

• All legitimate charities have administrative costs, so beware of dubious claims from groups that say 100 percent of donations assist victims.

• Find out whether the charity is providing direct aid or raising money for other groups. You may want to avoid the middleman and give directly to charities with a presence in the region.

STL Post-Dispatch Four-Star Rated Charities

According to the St. Louis Post-Dispatch the following organizations are all "four-star rated" charities:

Haiti

Cathy Reilly, Professor
Reference Librarian
Florissant Valley
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Telephone: 314-513-4554

Kirsten Young-Abotsi
Manager, Library Systems
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Highland Park Instructional Resources
Telephone: 314-644-9562

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000