Friday, October 07, 2005

The New Orleans Coalition for Legal Aid and Disaster Relief

The New Orleans Coalition for Legal Aid and Disaster Relief: "he Coalition seeks to bring together resources from all parts of the legal community (law school faculty, students, and practicing lawyers), as well as non-lawyers, to facilitate the fair distribution of federal, state, and private disaster relief to New Orleanians (wherever they may be) in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. We will also assist other groups that provide emergency legal services to those in need.

Though the Coalition developed from the efforts of Tulane Law School faculty, students, and alumni, the Coalition is independently organized as the From the Lake to the River Foundation, Inc., membership and participation are open to anyone (especially lawyers and law students) who want to help with this crucial relief effort."

Head of Catholic Charities New Orleans Calls for Much More Federal Assistance for Hurricane Recovery - Yahoo! News


Head of Catholic Charities New Orleans Calls for Much More Federal Assistance for Hurricane Recovery - Yahoo! News: "To: National Desk

Contact: Shelley Borysiewicz of Catholic Charities, 703-549-1390 ext. 147 or

WASHINGTON, Oct. 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- 'Despite many approaches to create economic enterprise zones and increase employment through business tax credits, it is clear that the Gulf Coast region will need to receive much more federal assistance to help us rebuild individual lives, families, and communities,' testified James R. Kelly, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of New Orleans, before a Senate panel yesterday.

'Hundreds of thousands of victims of Katrina and Rita are in need of a comprehensive array of housing, services, and assistance,' said Kelly at a hearing of the
Senate Finance Committee examining how tax policy and business incentives can help rebuild businesses and communities and help support families in the wake of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. 'The responders -- Catholic Charities, FEMA, the Red Cross, the Salvation Army, churches, state, and local government -- we have all been overwhelmed by the sheer numbers.'"

The Chronicle: Daily news: 10/07/2005 -- 02-House Republicans Offer Bill to Aid Colleges and Students Affected by Hurricanes

The Chronicle: Daily news: 10/07/2005 -- 02: "House Republicans Offer Bill to Aid Colleges and Students Affected by Hurricanes


Most students who took out loans this fall to attend colleges that have been closed temporarily by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita would not have to repay them, under a bill introduced on Thursday by Republican lawmakers on the U.S. House of Representatives education committee.

That legislation (HR 3975) would also allow borrowers in hurricane-affect"

KRISTV.COM - Corpus Christi, TX - Post Office having hard time getting mail to evacuees

KRISTV.COM - Corpus Christi, TX - Post Office having hard time getting mail to evacuees: "Post Office having hard time getting mail to evacuees
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CORPUS CHRISTI - For the last several weeks, Corpus Christi post offices have been receiving mail for Hurricane Katrina evacuees who relocated to this area. Postal workers said it's been hard getting this mail out to evacuees.

The mail keeps on coming in for Katrina evacuees, the only problem is a lot of it isn't going out."

Public Losing Confidence on Storm Spending - Yahoo! News

Public Losing Confidence on Storm Spending - Yahoo! News: "Public Losing Confidence on Storm Spending

By WILL LESTER, Associated Press Writer Fri Oct 7, 4:23 AM ET

WASHINGTON - Americans are losing confidence that the federal government will wisely spend billions of dollars set aside for recovery from Hurricane Katrina, an AP-Ipsos poll found.

Just three weeks ago, the public was evenly split on whether the money would be spent wisely, according to the poll. Now, six in 10 say they are not confident the money will be well spent.

Federal officials were left red-faced after scuttling a debit-card plan almost as soon as they announced it, few hurricane victims moved into cruise ships leased off the Gulf Coast at considerable cost and Congress pushed to reverse many no-bid government contracts." - Louisiana evacuees try to decide if Houston's home - Louisiana evacuees try to decide if Houston's home: "Some evacuees settling in; others unsure home is here
New Orleans residents, chased once more by Rita, weigh whether to start over in Texas
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The Chronicle, 10/6/2005: Donations to Help Hurricane Victims Taper Off at Some Charities

The Chronicle, 10/6/2005: Donations to Help Hurricane Victims Taper Off at Some Charities: "Donations to Help Hurricane Victims Taper Off at Some Charities

By Elizabeth Schwinn

After the initial outpouring of giving to help victims of Hurricane Katrina, donations to some of the nation's largest relief charities have slowed substantially, even as the Gulf Coast recovers from its second major hurricane, Rita, which caused a wide swath of damage along the Texas and Louisiana coasts.

At the same time, however, housing charities and other groups involved in longer-term aid say donations are still coming in at a rapid clip, as donors and the news media shift their attention to recovery.

More than $1.7-billion has been raised to date, an increase of about $500-million over the previous two weeks. And even though gifts are slowing down for some charities, the overall response is record-setting: It took more than a month for nonprofit groups to raise $1-billion after September 11. More than $2.2-billion was eventually raised in response to the terrorist attacks."

The Chronicle: 10/13/2005: Sharing a World of Experience

The Chronicle: 10/13/2005: Sharing a World of Experience: "Sharing a World of Experience
Foreign-aid groups offer advice in hurricanes' aftermath

By Ian Wilhelm

When Arthur B. Keys Jr., a veteran international-aid worker, visited Katrina-ravaged parts of Mississippi, he felt a disturbing sense of deja vu.

'There's a one-mile swath along the coast where this 45-foot storm surge came in,' he says, 'and it looks just like Banda Aceh, in Indonesia,' after the tsunamis hit.

Mr. Keys, president of International Relief and Development, says the scope of the Gulf Coast devastation and its uncanny parallel to the deadly waves that struck South Asia last December, prompted his Arlington, Va.-based organization to provide assistance for the first time to a disaster in the United States."

Fund-raising may test public giving

Fund-raising may test public giving: "Fund-raising may test public giving


As many non-commercial, community and public radio stations regularly do, Bellevue's KBCS-FM (91.3) recently held a fund-raising campaign.

Unlike many of those campaigns, KBCS's pledge drive wasn't for itself. Instead, it was soliciting donations for community station WWOZ in New Orleans, which was forced off the air in late August by Hurricane Katrina.

While it's an example of the radio industry rallying around in times of trouble, it also points up an interesting challenge for this region's non-commercial, community and public stations as they enter the fall fund-raising season.

Having been hit up for charitable contributions for victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita (and earlier this year for victims of the East Asian tsunami), are potential donors tapped out?"

The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, North Carolina Area

The Dispatch - Serving the Lexington, North Carolina Area: "N.C. charities wonder how Katrina will affect fund-raising

The Associated Press

Although some North Carolina charities are worried that Hurricane Katrina relief efforts will tax their donation dollars, the keynote speaker at a conference of nonprofits said he believes the storm's victims are fading from the spotlight.

Paul Light, a New York University professor of public service, said Thursday that he believes donors are turning their attention elsewhere, especially now that President Bush has promised to use federal money to repair damaged communities."

Shelters forgo their own needs for others

Shelters forgo their own needs for others: "By Mary Esparra

As I wrote about in previous columns, many local animal shelters are doing what they can to help the animal victims of Hurricane Katrina. Some are offering space to displaced animals and some are taking up collections. Their generosity astounds me, as their own needs are so great.
Case in point: the Humane Society of Port Jervis/Deerpark.
For the past eight years, a major fundraiser for HSPJ has been its 'Walk for the Animals.' As with other charity walks, people pledge donations to volunteers who walk at the event. Port Jervis' event invites walkers to bring their dogs.
Here's what astounds me:
'As much as our shelter needs the money,' said volunteer Marion Durwachter, 'we decided after watching the news on Katrina, it would be nice to do something for those animals. There aren't as many fundraisers solely for the animals affected by the flooding.' "

Thursday, October 06, 2005

The Chronicle: 10/13/2005: Carving Out a Role in Disaster's Wake

The Chronicle: 10/13/2005: Carving Out a Role in Disaster's Wake: "Carving Out a Role in Disaster's Wake

Some experts question necessity of charities formed after Hurricane Katrina; others say they fill a need

By Harvy Lipman

When Terry Webb saw the destruction Hurricane Katrina caused throughout the Gulf Coast, he immediately wanted to take action to help the storm's victims. Mr. Webb, who owns a glass-installation company in Philadelphia, thought he and other contractors ought to be able to do more than give money to relief charities. The question was: What more could they do?" Katrina donation called unlawful Katrina donation called unlawful: "Katrina donation called unlawful
New Milford mayor to ask Town Council to rescind vote
By Nanci G. Hutson

Patricia Murphy
NEW MILFORD — Town council members wanted to help hurricane victims when they agreed to donate $30,000 to the American Red Cross.

Now, they're going to have to find another way to help.

The council's Sept. 12 promise to donate $30,000 to the Red Cross relief effort — about $1 per resident — ignited debate about whether it could extend such charity beyond its borders."

Charitable giving methodology not always logical | The San Diego Union-Tribune

Charitable giving methodology not always logical | The San Diego Union-Tribune: "Charitable giving methodology not always logical

By Jeffrey Weiss

October 6, 2005

DALLAS – Susan Mandel of Dallas was in many ways typical of the millions of Americans who stepped forward to help the victims of the Gulf Coast hurricanes.

Previously, her volunteer work had been limited to her kids' school and sports activities. But the televised images drew her to volunteer at Jewish Family Service in Dallas, where she met a woman who had lost everything to the storm.

'I asked her, 'How are you doing?' She answered, 'I'm not,' ' Mandel said. By the end of the day, the woman was living with Mandel's family. But Mandel has never considered seeking out a similarly needy Dallas resident."

Westport News - Editorial-"Fund-Raising In A Dangerous Time

Westport News - Editorial: "Fund-Raising In A Dangerous Time

W ith natural disasters, an economic downturn, the 'war on terror' and government cutbacks, some nonprofits may find themselves scrambling to meet increased demands and generate funds in a difficult fund-raising climate. Similar scenarios played out after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, and, more recently, after the South Asian tsunami.

Hurricane Katrina was a compelling event. The Chronicle of Philanthropy [Sept. 28, 2005] reported that more than $1.4 billion has already been donated to the hurricane relief effort. The American Red Cross has said it expects to spend $2 billion on the Katrina relief effort.

While the response so far is heartwarming, the downside is that other charities, particular smaller ones, may have difficulty reaching their fund-raising goals as a result. The larger charities can probably get the word out that they are struggling but that task may be more daunting for smaller groups with less wherewithal. With this year's major fund-raising season coming up, some of the effects may not yet be visible." Editorials-Editorial: Rita's rage dies out, but the lesson lingers Editorials: "Editorial: Rita's rage dies out, but the lesson lingers

Web Posted: 10/06/2005 12:00 AM CDT

San Antonio Express-News

As Hurricane Rita raged toward land two weeks ago, millions of motorists hit the road, fleeing one threat only to encounter another.

Clogged with traffic, the freeways posed a different kind of danger, this one man-made. Drivers snaked along the roads, bumper to bumper, their gas and patience dwindling in the brutal heat. About 30 people died in Houston alone, most while trying to flee, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Texas officials were almost universally praised for their reaction to the hurricane, both before and after. But that reaction presented a cruel irony. While government officials were almost casual in their response to Katrina three weeks earlier, their Texas counterparts acted more forcefully, issuing a call to evacuate the area in the path of the hurricane." - Red Cross tries drive-through aid - Red Cross tries drive-through aid: "Red Cross tries drive-through aid
Project allows Katrina victims to stay in their cars while seeking help
Knight Ridder Tribune News

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Arrests Made in Alleged Katrina Scheme - Los Angeles Times

Arrests Made in Alleged Katrina Scheme - Los Angeles Times: "rrests Made in Alleged Katrina Scheme
# FBI says four workers at a Red Cross call center in the Bakersfield area funneled relief checks to relatives and friends. The probe is expanding.

By Eric Malnic, Times Staff Writer

Nine people in the Bakersfield area have been charged with wire fraud in a scheme that siphoned off Red Cross funds intended for victims of Hurricane Katrina, the FBI said Tuesday.

Four were contract workers at a Red Cross national call center in Bakersfield, said Lawrence Brown, first assistant U.S. attorney in Sacramento. The other five were friends and relatives who picked up relief checks they weren't entitled to, he said." - Louisiana Politics and News - Louisiana Politics and News: "Here is a release from the Office of Governor Blanco regarding the Louisiana Disaster Recovery Board:

Baton Rouge, LA--Governor Kathleen Babineaux Blanco on Tuesday announced a first round of board selections for the newly formed Louisiana Disaster Recovery Foundation (LDRF) and the selection of Xavier University of Louisiana President, Norman Francis, as chairman of the new board, with loaned executive, Dr. Emmett Carson, Chairman of the national Council on Foundations, to serve as interim CEO. The non-profit foundation was established to accept donations that will be used to meet the needs of the thousands of Louisiana citizens whose lives have been devastated by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita"

Will charities feel pinch?

Will charities feel pinch?: "Will charities feel pinch?
Gulf Coast aid may have varied impact

By Peter Smith
The Courier-Journal

Some Louisville-area nonprofit organizations say they believe their regular fund-raising efforts have been slowed by the recent outpouring of giving to hurricane and flood victims on the Gulf Coast.

Other fund-raisers say, however, that it's too soon to tell what the trend will be, and that they are optimistic that people will continue to support the area's groups. Some smaller charities may feel a short-term financial pinch but believe their work on the disasters could help in the long run."

The Chronicle: Daily news: 10/05/2005 -- -"A Texas University Hit by Rita Plans to Reopen in 2 Weeks; a Louisiana Campus Hopes It Can, Too

The Chronicle: Daily news: 10/05/2005 -- 02: "A Texas University Hit by Rita Plans to Reopen in 2 Weeks; a Louisiana Campus Hopes It Can, Too


Lamar University officials announced on Tuesday that they hoped to reopen their hurricane-ravaged main campus in Beaumont, Tex., on October 17, along with three branch campuses that were damaged less severely. Classes are scheduled to resume on October 19.

At McNeese State University, a Louisiana institution damaged by Hurricane Rita, officials are also hoping to reopen by the third week of October, but have not set a date. The campus, in Lake Charles, La., was still without power on Tuesday."

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

PND News - Fraudulent Charities Focus of Crackdown

PND News - Fraudulent Charities Focus of Crackdown: "Fraudulent Charities Focus of Crackdown

In the wake of an unprecedented number of bogus appeals to help victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita, law enforcement officials have launched aggressive efforts to find and prosecute the perpetrators, the Washington Post reports.

State and federal officials have filed charges in at least four cases involving allegedly fraudulent appeals, and the federal government is examining thousands of suspicious fundraising Web sites and bogus fundraising efforts. 'We're going to act quickly and aggressively to detect any kind of fraud and vigorously pursue it if we find it,' said Alice Fisher, chairwoman of the Justice Department's Hurricane Katrina Fraud Task Force. The task force, which includes representatives of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the Secret Service, the U.S. Postal Inspection Service, the Federal Trade Commission, and the Department of Homeland Security, is working with state law enforcement and charity officials to identify fraudulent activity."

ABC News: Small Businesses Offer Big Help to Katrina Relief Efforts

ABC News: Small Businesses Offer Big Help to Katrina Relief Efforts: "Below are examples of how small firms are pitching in for Katrina's victims.
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Cell Phone Power

'There are a lot of people who got out with the clothes on their back, their wallets and their cell phones,' said Compact Power Systems' director of marketing, Rodney Rad. 'Our lives these days revolve around the cell phone.'"

The Galveston County Daily News-Doing what couldn't be done

The Galveston County Daily News: "Doing what couldn't be done
By Ivan Arceneaux

Published October 3, 2005
They said evacuate. I said it couldn’t be done.

At every hurricane preparedness meeting I ever attended, the county judge and the mayor said, “Evacuate.”

I said it couldn’t be done. Galveston County residents can’t evacuate because 2 million people just 30 some miles up Interstate 45 will block the way.

Then the Texas Department of Public Safety came up with a three-pronged route plus a time-sensitive evacuation plan that looked plausible.

I said it could possibly be done. But, I wouldn’t evacuate because a guesstimated 1,500 or more elderly and special needs people would not be able to evacuate."
: "Tax breaks for Katrina donors

Scripps Howard News Service
October 04, 2005

WASHINGTON - Don't have deep pockets to help with hurricane relief? Donate time, vacation days or frequent-flier miles instead.

Under temporary rules, the Internal Revenue Service will let taxpayers donate unused vacation, leave or sick days for workers whose employers agree to send cash payments to charities that are offering help to Hurricane Katrina victims through 2006.

IRS Commissioner Mark Everson says the program stands to save money for employers and employees, especially the two-thirds of taxpayers who don't itemize and don't get to take the charity deduction." | 10/04/2005 | Blacks rise to help their community | 10/04/2005 | Blacks rise to help their community: "Blacks rise to help their community

The black community is rallying around a cause -- to help black victims of Hurricane Katrina.


From humble offerings of crumpled singles in church collection plates to the fittingly named SOS: Saving OurSelves telethon by BET, blacks are responding with money and in-kind contributions for victims of Hurricane Katrina.

A crop of black charitable organizations are benefiting from the unprecedented outpouring after the storm's devastating toll among African Americans."

To Run from Rita :: PNNOnline ::

To Run from Rita :: PNNOnline ::: "To Run from Rita
Posted by: shadowlands on Tuesday, October 4, 2005
Topic Special Features

A few weeks ago, PNNOnline ran a fascinating first-person account by Darren W, Brown about his volunteer experiences with New Orleans residents who escaped the horrors of Hurricane Katrina by evacuating to Houston. In his continued account, Warren says, 'the past few days I have been pondering on many thoughts dealing with the emotions that were heartfelt inside of myself from the stories that were shared directly with me. But suddenly, a great since of urgency set in and dwarfed my Hurricane Katrina related notions.'

A few days after I submitted my original story, a strong tropical depression formed off the coast of Florida. Her name was 'Tropical Storm Rita'. Rita instantly became a star for she was of great concern to anyone who resides on or near the Gulf of Mexico. News coverage of Tropical Storm Rita was as immense as the fear that stretched along her pathway. During the early morning hours of Wednesday, September 21, 2005, Rita blossomed, and emerged into a full-fledged Hurricane, as she punished residents of both the Florida Keys and Cuba. As the hours progressed this past Wednesday, Hurricane Rita rapidly grew in intensity. She steadily gained strength and within hours, she was listed as a Category 5 Hurricane on a steady course that lead to Houston, Texas.


Miss. Lawmakers OK Casino Move to Dry Land - Yahoo! News

Miss. Lawmakers OK Casino Move to Dry Land - Yahoo! News: "Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour says he'll sign a bill this week to let hurricane-battered coastal casinos move a short distance onto dry land.

The state Senate passed the bill 29-21 on Monday. The House approved the measure last week.

The final vote came a month after Hurricane Katrina smashed many of Mississippi's floating casinos. Barbour pushed for the legislation in a special session dealing with hurricane recovery, saying the storm showed that the casinos would be safer on shore."

New Orleans Universities Plan to Rebuild - Yahoo! News

New Orleans Universities Plan to Rebuild - Yahoo! News: "W ORLEANS - In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, professors and students from the city's universities took academic refuge in other schools — some as far away as the University of Haifa in

Now, more than a month after the storm, New Orleans' universities — including Tulane, Loyola and Xavier — are putting together ambitious plans to reopen in January." - Companies assess Katrina response - Companies assess Katrina response: "Companies assess Katrina response
By Del Jones, USA TODAY
Corporations have surfaced from the Katrina disaster looking noble in the eyes of the public and with a swagger that says the next time a city is devastated, the private sector will be there to save lives."

W2COG Katrina Relief Efforts Show Results; Grid Consortium Project Delivers Communication Capabilities to Support Relief Efforts in Hard Hit Community

W2COG Katrina Relief Efforts Show Results; Grid Consortium Project Delivers Communication Capabilities to Support Relief Efforts in Hard Hit Community: "W2COG Katrina Relief Efforts Show Results; Grid Consortium Project Delivers Communication Capabilities to Support Relief Efforts in Hard Hit Community

RESTON, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Oct. 4, 2005--The World Wide Consortium for the Grid (W2COG), an international, collaborative association devoted to developing and delivering practical tools that advance and support netcentric operations (NCO) for global security and commerce, today released details regarding its humanitarian relief project, one of a number of ongoing projects it has undertaken. " "wins double up for donations
The south-side boys, along with their dad, plan to camp on a roof to raise money.


October 4, 2005

The roof of a grocery store is not your average campout location. Then again, Grant and Austin Smith are not your average kids.

At 7 years old, the twins are philanthropic powerhouses, and, once again, they're on a mission. This time the goal is to raise $7,500 for Hurricane Katrina victims and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation."

Monday, October 03, 2005

Beltway Blogroll: After Katrina: A Fundraising Blog Swarm

Beltway Blogroll: After Katrina: A Fundraising Blog Swarm: "BELTWAY BLOGROLL
After Katrina: A Fundraising Blog Swarm

The fundraising blog swarm triggered by one of America's most severe weather storms officially ended yesterday with a tally of nearly $1.2 million, but the contribution total continued to climb today. As of late this afternoon, it stood at $1,220,310.

Conservative bloggers organized the effort. Another online relief fundraiser to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina is still under way at liberal blogs.

Conservatives seized on the idea for a coordinated fundraiser first and excelled in both organization and the amount of money they raised. The fundraiser initially was to be a one-day event, but it was expanded to cover the entire Labor Day weekend. The more than 1,800 bloggers from 35 countries who participated used their online journals to make recurring appeals for donations to various charitable groups."

Hulshof puts DeLay funds into charity

Hulshof puts DeLay funds into charity: "While ARMPAC is not the focus of the indictment, it was aligned with DeLay. Democrats last week demanded that Hulshof return the money.

Hulshof said in an interview yesterday that his campaign has written a check to the George Bush-Bill Clinton hurricane relief effort in an amount equivalent to the money he received from ARMPAC. Hulshof said he thought the amount was $14,500, although The Associated Press in July reported that the figure was $14,964, based on figures from groups that track political money."


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EDITORIAL: "According to the Denver Business Journal, nearly half of the charities surveyed by the Association of Fundraising Professionals experienced a drop in contributions immediately after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Last winter's tsunami in southeast Asia had a similar effect on nonprofit organizations, and 16 percent of the charities surveyed by a Colorado consulting firm said they would have to cut their budgets as a result."

The Baptist Standard :: The Newsmagazine of Texas Baptists

The Baptist Standard :: The Newsmagazine of Texas Baptists: " Posted: 9/30/05
Urgent--not chronic--needs tend
to prompt much charitable giving

By G. Jeffrey MacDonald

Religion News Service

WASHINGTON (RNS)--As Americans set new records for charitable giving in response to Hurricane Katrina--and donations for Hurricane Rita begin to arrive--some fundraisers are seeing a principle confirmed: When the sufferers are perceived as innocent victims, donors respond generously.

On the other hand, giving patterns suggest donors are losing patience with chronic problems such as poverty, in which suffering arguably is made worse by questionable choices. Private donations are shrinking for homeless shelters, AIDS-related services and programs for troubled youth, to cite just a few examples."

The Southern Illinoisan

The Southern Illinoisan: "Red Cross advertisements spark questions

If you read Friday's edition of the Southern Illinoisan, you probably saw several full-page ads promoting the Red Cross and soliciting monetary donations to help with relief efforts for victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. These ads were actually an act of charity that caused a few headaches for the local chapter.

Several readers called Sandy Webster, director of the local Red Cross, to get an explanation as to why the Red Cross was spending money on advertising to solicit donations. One woman explained very adamantly and clearly that she wanted her monetary donation to go toward the relief efforts and not toward advertising."

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Faith under siege - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper

Faith under siege - Commentary - The Washington Times, America's Newspaper: "Extremists at the grandiosely named Americans United for Separation of Church and State are at it again. The group, best known for trying to drive religion from the public square, now wants to make sure no faith-based organizations are reimbursed for rescuing and caring for thousands of victims of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency has announced plans to allow some faith-based groups to recoup some of what they've spent feeding, clothing, housing and counseling more than 500,000 people stranded in the worst national disaster this country ever faced. "

Editorial: FEMA storm aid justified

Editorial: FEMA storm aid justified: "Editorial: FEMA storm aid justified
October 1, 2005 ED1001

If religious groups get federal funds for helping hurricane Katrina and Rita victims, does that contradict the spirit of volunteerism? And what about separation of church and state when it comes to financing faith-based groups' aid to evacuees?

Those are among questions raised about FEMA plans to reimburse religious groups for assisting storm victims. Though opponents of the relief program cite legitimate issues, the federal government is right to offer aid on a limited, carefully managed basis.

Katrina Contributes To Drop in Spending

Katrina Contributes To Drop in Spending: "Katrina Contributes To Drop in Spending
Personal Income Also Fell in August

By Nell Henderson
Washington Post Staff Writer
Saturday, October 1, 2005; Page A01

Consumer spending plunged in August at the steepest monthly rate since the 2001 terrorist attacks as Hurricane Katrina slashed incomes, fanned inflation and caused $170 billion in losses from property damage, the Commerce Department reported yesterday in its first tally of the storm's economic effects.

The report came the day after the Labor Department said 279,000 people filed new claims for unemployment insurance benefits because of Katrina, which struck the Gulf Coast on Aug. 29." | Kids On Crusades | Kids On Crusades: "Kids On Crusades
Hurricane Relief Efforts Just Part Of Dramatic Rise In Youthful Volunteers
October 3, 2005
By JOANN KLIMKIEWICZ, The Hartford Courant

All summer long, Devon Aldave wanted to organize a carwash in his West Hartford neighborhood. 'Just for fun,' the 8-year-old says with a shrug when asked to explain. But, as do many childhood impulses, the notion faded with the summer.

Then came Hurricane Katrina."

Donation drop worries charities |

Donation drop worries charities | "Donation drop worries charities
Hurricanes, tsunami may hurt contributions

By Rob Schneider and John Strauss
The nation's charities already have weathered a tsunami and two hurricanes in the past year. Now some are bracing for a possible drought -- of donations.
Central Indiana charities are watching to see whether the public will continue to support people in need closer to home. Some expect to see local donations dip, especially following this year's back-to-back hurricanes."