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How To Help

While some charities have stopped accepting donations, there are still many ways to help those affected by September 11. The following is a list of organizations to which you can donate money or seek assistance.

To Donate Money:

Liberty Unites:
President Bush has announced a website,, for Americans to make online donations to various charities that will aid the victims of the attacks and their families.

World Trade Center Relief Fund:
Information on funding by the state government can be found by calling 1-800-801-8092, or writing P.O. BOX 5028, Albany, NY, 12205

Police & Firefighters:
To donate to the families and members of the Port Authority Police Department, send donations to: Port Authority Police, World Trade Disaster Survivors' Fund, c/o Port Authority PBA, Inc. 611 Palisade Ave., Englewood Cliffs, NJ 07632

The Leary Firefighters Foundation:
To donate to comedian and actor Denis Leary's fund, visit the foundation's website at

United Way:
To make donations to the September 11 Fund to aid victims and families of the attacks, call the United Way/ New York Community Trust Fund at 1-800-710-8002 or go to Checks can also me mailed care of the United Way, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016.

Red Cross
To make a donation, call 1-800-HELP NOW.
To offer further assistance, visit

To Volunteer:

NY Cares:
The NY Cares organization offers a constantly-updated list of volunteer opportunites for those wanting to donate their time to WTC-related events.

American Red Cross:
Volunteers are needed to fill a variety of American Red Cross assignments on the World Trade Center disaster relief operation. To volunteer, individuals should call the Volunteer Hotline at 718-624-0213 or come to the Red Cross Volunteer Recruitment Center at 165 Cadman Plaza East (A train to Brooklyn Bridge and High Street). Volunteer Recruitment Center hours are 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 8:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays. Walk-in volunteers are accepted on Sundays. Volunteer opportunities are available Monday through Sunday on all shifts.

Safe Horizon:
Safe Horizon has been deeply involved in responding to the grief and hardships caused by the World Trade Center attack through work at the Family Assistance Center at 51 Chambers Street and Disaster Assistance Service Center at 51 Chambers Street and 141 Worth Street. Although at first there were more volunteers than could be accommodated, there are now shortages of interviewers on specific days at various locations. Interviewers generally assess whether displaced workers and residents are eligible for aid provided by The September 11th Fund. Safe Horizon also needs clerical, phone, and computer help on certain shifts.

Anyone interested in volunteering should e-mail [email protected] or phone 212-273-9717 (recording).

Association of the Bar of the City of New York:
The Community Outreach Law Program of the Association of the Bar of the City of New York is coordinating lawyers who would like to volunteer to support those affected by the WTC tragedy. They can be reached at 212-382-6629 from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday to Friday.

To Give Blood:

To donate blood, call 1-800-GIVE BLOOD.