Many options open to help Haiti

As relief efforts continue, you can get involved in several ways. Here’s what you can do to help:


  • A benefit for the people of Haiti featuring jazz musician and Dillard alumnus Ellis Marsalis, among others, will be held at 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 20, in Lawless Chapel. Donations of any amount will be accepted, Marina said. For more information, call (504) 816-4857.

·        Donate $5 to music artist Wyclef Jean‘s Yele Haiti Foundation, by texting “Yele” to 501501. The money will be added to your next phone bill.

·        Donate $10 to the American Red Cross by texting ‘Haiti’ to 90999. The money will be charged to your next cell phone bill.

·        Music for Relief is offering a compilation of unreleased music, available for free download at The site encourages all donations.

·        National Nurses United is raising money to send nurses to Haiti. Currently, 10,000 nurses are volunteering to go to Haiti. Every dollar counts and will be spent directly on sending a nurse to Haiti. Visit

A complete listing of organizations committed to Haiti relief can be found by clicking the top link on Yahoo’s homepage and by visiting the

Also, Vonage is allowing anyone to place a free 10-minute call to Haiti by dialing (800) 809-2503. The U.S. State Department Operations Center has set up a toll-free number as well for Americans seeking information about family members: (888) 407-4747.

Additionally, there are several organizations on this campus are taking money donations and collecting water and non-perishable food items. Even if you have nothing to give, you can at least sign the Help Haiti: Drop the Debt Petition to convince global creditors to drop Haiti’s $1 billion debt. Visit and click the “Act now” link. Signature collection will end Friday, and at least 150,000 signatures are needed, with about 135,000 collected as the Courtbouillon went to press.