18 Ways That You Can Lend a Helping Hand to Victims of the Gulf Coast Oil Spill

Although we are normally a music blog, I am going to step completely outside of the box for this post. As our regular readers may already know, Contrapuntist and I vacationed in New Orleans this past spring (see this post). Even though we were only there for a few days, the city stole our hearts. I feel sad and enraged every time I hear more bad news about the oil spill. We plan to donate to the relief effort, and I would also like to take the opportunity to share a list of charitable organizations where you can either donate money or volunteer to help out. Information about the following organizations was taken from ABC News, CNN Impact, and the Better Business Bureau:

American Bird Conservancy
Defenders of Wildlife
Deepwater Horizon Response
Ducks Unlimited
Environmental Defense Fund
Friends of the Earth
Greenpeace Fund
International Fund for Animal Welfare
LA Bucket Brigade
National Audubon Society
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Nature Conservancy

Dine out for the Gulf Coast is another simple way to donate some money by going out to eat at a participating restaurant from June 10-12.

Gulf Aid recently had a fundraising concert including New Orleans musicians such as Lenny Kravitz, John Legend, and the Preservation Hall Jazz band. (see our previous post) and continues to accept donations.

In addition to the environmental disaster, let’s not forget about the many families affected by this disaster. Local Louisiana Catholic charities are accepting donations.

A word of caution. As indicated in this article from the Rome Observer, be careful of fraudulent organizations masquerading as charities. You can research a charity through the Better Business Bureau or through the American Institute of Philanthropy.

Last but not least, I’d like to share with you a video from the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) which brought tears to my eyes. It merges the most ridiculous comments from BP CEO Tony Hayward with horrible images of the disaster in the Gulf. Poor Tony Hayward wishes he had his life back. Well, how about the multitude of dead animals, not to mention the 11 oil-rig workers? If only they could have their lives back…

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