Gulf Coast Relief Notes
(ways to help / be informed)

Here in Minneapolis:

A number of downtown area faith congregations are dedicating themselves to coordinate relief efforts for Gulf Coast communities devastated by hurricane Katrina.  The resulting “Minneapolis Relief Fund” is housed at the Minneapolis Foundation.
To donate: online click here, or send your check to:
Minneapolis Relief Fund
c/o Minneapolis Foundation
800 IDS Center, 80 S. 8th St.
Minneapolis, MN 55402

In addition, the Minnesota Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters is another resource for those who wish to donate and/or volunteer.   
Faith organizations founding the Minneapolis Relief Fund: (*=MAP
member - my note )
Basilica of St. Mary*, Church of the Ascension, Gethsemane Episcopal Church, Fellowship Missionary Baptist Church, First Unitarian Society*, Plymouth Congregational Church*, St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral*, Temple Israel, Wesley United Methodist Church, Hennepin Avenue United Methodist Church*, Islamic Center of Minnesota, Episcopal Diocese of MN, Central Lutheran Church, First Christian Church, St. John’s Episcopal Church


Can We Prevent This From Happening Again?

Healthy coastal wetlands are a natural barrier to hurricane strength. Scientists tell us that every mile of wetlands and marshes that lie between the Gulf of Mexico and terra firma reduces hurricane-related storm surge by one foot.

Learn more about how restoring wetlands can help the Gulf Coast, and send a letter to Congress asking them to support it as they help rebuild Louisiana:

http://www.environmentaldefense.org/article.cfm?contentID=4752


FEMA has listed the following agencies as needing cash to assist hurricane victims:
• American Red Cross, 800-HELP NOW (435-7669) English, 800-257-7575 Spanish; http://www.redcross.org
• Operation Blessing, 800-436-6348; http://www.ob.org/
• America's Second Harvest, 800-344-8070; http://www.secondharvest.org/
• Adventist Community Services, 800-381-7171; http://www.adventist.communityservices.org/
• Catholic Charities, USA, 703-549-1390; http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/news/katrina.cfm
• Christian Reformed World Relief Committee, 800-848-5818; http://www.crwrc.org/
• Church World Service, 800-297-1516; http://www.churchworldservice.org/
• Convoy of Hope, 417-823-8998; http://www.convoyofhope.org/
• Lutheran Disaster Response, 800-638-3522; http://www.elca.org/disaster/
• Mennonite Disaster Service, 717-859-2210; http://www.mds.mennonite.net/
• Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, 800-872-3283; http://www.pcusa.org/pda/
• Salvation Army, 800-SAL-ARMY (725-2769); http://www.salvationarmyusa.org/USNSAHome.htm
• United Methodist Committee on Relief. 800-554-8583; http://www.methodistrelief.org

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