Friends, New Yorkers, Countrymen: Send Them Your Checks
You've heard of all the main ones the Twin Towers
Fund (for all uniformed-service workers), the American Red
Cross, the September 11th Fund (the United Way). Giving
to the big boys is simple on the Internet (libertyunites.org
have the best links), but some smaller, more targeted charities deserve
The Windows of Hope Family Relief Fund is specifically for
those touched by the deaths of the Windows on the World staff
and of all restaurant workers in the World Trade Center many
of whom weren't as financially prepared for catastrophe as their
white-collar neighbors. Send contributions to David Berdon & Co.,
415 Madison Avenue, New York, NY 10017.
The Service Employees International Union which had more
than 1,000 members at the World Trade Center, of whom 24 are unaccounted
for has established the SEIU September 11th Relief Fund
to aid the victims' families as well as unemployed tour guides,
elevator operators, cleaning people, and security guards. Send donations
to: SEIU September 11th Relief Fund, c/o SEIU, 1313 L Street, NW,
Washington, D.C. 20005, or donate at www.seiu.org.
ABM Industries the company responsible for much of the
maintenance work at the World Trade Center has established
the ABM Family Fund Trust to benefit the families of the
janitors, engineers, and window cleaners lost in the attack. Donations
should be directed to the ABM Family Fund Trust, Rincon Annex Box
193224, San Francisco, CA 94119.
New York-Presbyterian Hospital's William Randolph Hearst Burn
Center treated 25 of the most severely injured victims of the
attack. Contributions (212-821-0528) support patient care, research,
and training programs at the largest and busiest burn center in
The New York Firefighters Skin Bank is the only local bank
providing skin transplants to the burn centers in its region. The
catch: Donations are, as with organs, made posthumously. The upside:
Skin donation is approved by every major religion. You can sign
up with the State Health Department (877-752-3175).
The New York Women's Foundation (212-226-2220) is collecting
for those most vulnerable to displacement and loss of income. Send
donations to 120 Wooster Street, New York, NY 10012, and be sure
to write "Disaster Relief" in the check memo.
Win the ground-zero-sum game. While these groups don't directly
address the attack, they are located in or near ground zero. As
the city starts suffering the ripple effects of recession, they
need your money and attention. Contact the Community Food Resource
Center (212-662-1283), God's Love We Deliver (which brings
food to people with AIDS; 212-294-8162), and the Henry Street
Settlement (a local social-service group with a long history;
212-766-9200). Some offices have relocated, others are still paralyzed.
If you don't get an answer, try again in a few days. ROBERT