Top Disaster Relief Organizations

Christian Relief Organizations You Can Trust

Disaster Relief Organizations
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When contributing to relief efforts through financial gifts or by donating relief supplies, it's important to do some careful research first, and give to reputable, well-established relief organizations. This will ensure that your gift makes the best possible impact toward disaster relief. Here are a few trustworthy organizations to consider.

8 Trustworthy Disaster Relief Organizations

Disaster Relief Organizations
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Samaritan's Purse is a worldwide, nondenominational Christian organization providing both physical and spiritual assistance to victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and hunger. The organization was established in 1970 by Bob Pierce and then passed on to Franklin Graham, the eldest son of Billy Graham, in 1978. More »

Catholic Charities USA is one of the largest social service networks in the nation, providing aid and financial support to people in need, regardless of their religious, social, or economic backgrounds. Catholic Charities was founded in 1910 as the National Conference of Catholic Charities. More »

Operation Blessing is an international relief and humanitarian organization providing food, clothing, shelter, medical care and other basic necessities of life. Operation Blessing was established in 1978 and is governed by a national board of directors that includes founder M. G. Robertson. More »

The Salvation Army assists Americans seeking the basic necessities of life–food, shelter, and warmth. They also have disaster response teams "on call" to serve at all disasters and civil disorders which place a community or its populace at risk. William Booth originally established The Christian Mission, which became The Salvation Army in 1878. More »

The United Methodist Committee on Relief (UMCOR) is a humanitarian agency providing relief in disaster areas, aid to refugees, food for the hungry, and assistance to the impoverished. UMCOR, established in 1940, maintains a corps of trained disaster specialists who can respond quickly to disasters and also keeps a supply of relief materials for emergency dispatch. More »

Episcopal Relief and Development provides ongoing emergency relief and assistance after disasters rebuilds communities  and helps children and families overcome poverty. The organization was established in 1940 by the Episcopal Church in the United States. More »

The American Red Cross is a humanitarian organization led by volunteers, providing relief to victims of disasters. The American Red Cross also helps to prevent, prepare for, and respond to emergencies. Clara Barton founded the Red Cross in 1881. More »

World Vision is a Christian relief and development organization dedicated to helping children and their communities worldwide reach their full potential by tackling the causes of poverty. World Vision was founded by Bob Pierce in 1950 to provide long-term care for children in crisis and developed its first child sponsorship program in Korea in 1953. More »

More Ways to Help With Disaster Relief

Beyond financial giving, here are a few practical ways to put compassion into action and help the survivors of disaster.

Pray - This is a no-brainer. One of the easiest and most positive ways you can help rebuild hope is to pray for the families of victims and survivors of disaster.

Give Relief Supplies - You can contribute by donating relief supplies. Be sure to give to a reputable, well-established organization to ensure that your gift makes the best possible impact toward relief.

  • Visit the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance at Give.org for established charity standards and recommendations for responsible giving.
  • Visit the Charity Navigator for a list of 4-star rated charities.

Give Blood - You can literally save a life by giving blood. Even when disaster occurs far from your hometown, or in another country, donating to your local blood bank will help keep national and international blood supplies stocked and ready for transfer to wherever they are needed.

Go - You can help by going as a volunteer to assist with relief efforts. To ensure your skills will be best utilized, it is important to go with an organized agency. The Disaster News Network reports, "It may be compassionate, but it's not helpful to show up without being affiliated with an organization that's already officially approved."

If you simply show up to help, your efforts will have a diminished impact, you are likely to get in the way, or worse, put yourself or someone else in danger.

Prepare - If you decide to go, begin to make plans now. Here are some suggested agencies currently accepting volunteers:

Tips:

  1. Invite people at work or school to pray with you for the relief efforts.
  2. Consider putting together a relief kit for one of the relief charities.
  3. Before you donate, investigate.
  4. Carefully research the best volunteer options before going.
  5. Ask your local church if any relief efforts are being organized.