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ICT Director lists legitimate Web sites for charitable donations

Information and Communication Technologies Director Dave Rocks today said warnings are being issued about fraudulent Internet sites collecting donations for those affected by last week's terrorist attacks.

aid various organizations are posting lists of legitimate Web sites. Helping.org, a charitable outreach of AOL that provides services to nonprofits, has posted a list of Web sites and charities accepting online donations and aid. For more information, visit: http://helping.org

Also the following direct links to help - and help the helpers - were provided by the Albuquerque Community Foundation through their connection with charitable organizations:

Silver Shield Foundation
A client of Changing Our World's services division is in a position to help the families of firefighters and police officers killed in the World Trade Center collapse. The Silver Shield Foundation is collecting funds for the educational needs of the children of the firefighters and police officers who perished in their heroic duty. For information on making a contribution, please call Martin Duffy at our offices, 212-499-0866, ext. 27 or send e-mail to silvershield@changingourworld.com.

September 11th Fund
The United Way of America and the New York Community Trust have announced the establishment of the September 11th Fund in response to the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Anyone wishing to contribute to the Fund may send their donations to the United Way, 2 Park Avenue, New York, NY 10016, or by calling 212-251-4035. Donations are also being accepted on United Way of New York City's website: http://www.uwnyc.org.

International Association of Fire Fighters
Help fallen fire fighters and their families by donating to the International Association of Fire Fighters' Emergency Fund.

New York State Fraternal Order of Police Fund
The New York State Fraternal Order of Police has set up a fund to help police and their families affected by the tragedy at the World Trade Center.

New York Times Neediest Cases Fund
The New York Times Company has begun a special campaign to raise money for the victims of the attack on the World Trade Center through its Neediest Cases Fund. Donations can be made online at www.charitywave.com or sent to: The New York Times 9/11 Neediest Fund, P.O. Box 5193, General Post Office, New York, NY 10087.

American Red Cross
To make a secure online donation to the relief efforts, visit:
http://www.redcross.org/donate/donate.html, or call (800) HELP-NOW (800) 435-7669) or (800) 257-7575 (Spanish). Or send your donation to the American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, D.C. 20013. To donate blood, please call (800) GIVE-LIFE (800-448-3543), or contact your local Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/where/where.html.

Catholic Charities USA
Catholic Charities agencies nationwide are mobilizing to help victims and their families recover from the devastation in New York, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania. To contribute to the organization's disaster relief fund, send checks to Catholic Charities, P.O. Box 25168, Alexandria, VA 22313-9788, or contribute online at: http://www.catholiccharitiesusa.org/donation/donation.htm.

United Jewish Communities
United Jewish Communities has opened the UJC Emergency Relief Fund to assist in the recovery, relief, and rehabilitation of the victims of this tragedy and their families. Checks should be made payable to UJC Emergency Relief Fund and sent to: UJC Emergency Relief Fund, 111 Eighth Avenue, Suite 11E, New York, NY 10011.

Helping.org has posted a list of Web sites and charities accepting online donations and aid for those affected by Tuesday's terrorist attacks. For more information, visit: http://helping.org/promos/cs_wtc.adp.

National Organization for Victim Assistance
The National Organization for Victims Assistance has established a Fund for Terrorist Attack Victims. For more information on how you can help, visit:

Emergency Telephone Numbers - New York Times
The New York Times has posted a list of emergency resources on its Web site to help anyone who is trying to locate loved ones who may be missing or injured as a result of the attack on the World Trade Center. The page also includes a list of WTC tenant companies and relevant contact information.

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA): How To Help Victims Of The Terrorist Attacks
The Federal Emergency Management Agency is urging those willing to volunteer or make donations to use the following numbers:
-- to give blood: (800) 448-3543);
-- to make financial contributions: (800) HELP-NOW and (800) SAL-ARMY;
-- to volunteer general services: (800) 801-8092.

New York Blood Center
Thanks to the overwhelming response of New Yorkers and others, the New York Blood Center is urging anyone without an appointment or not participating in a previously scheduled blood drive to postpone making a donation this week. Those interested in making a donation over the next few weeks are urged to contact the New York Blood Center's toll-free line at (800) 933-2566.

New York Fire Department
The New York Fire Department is asking for the following assistance:
-- if you are a doctor and would like to offer your assistance, please contact (518) 431-7600;
-- if you are an EMT, paramedic, nurse, or nurse's aide and would like to offer your assistance, please call (800) 628-0193.

New York State Emergency Information Page
New York Governor George Pataki has posted a list of emergency contact numbers on the state's Web site:
Resources include volunteer information, blood donation location information, and telephone numbers of concerned family members and friends trying to locate missing persons.