It has been a month since the deadly 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, and while millions have donated money, supplies and, in some cases, their time to assist the people of Haiti, the desire to help continues, as well as the need for guidance.
"Our biggest piece of advice is that you really want to look for organizations that have a track record of reliability in terms of their service, in terms of their commitments," said Ken Berger, president and CEO of Charity Navigator, the United State's largest independent charity evaluator.
"When a crisis occurs like this, you want an agency that's older, that's been around for a while," Berger said, adding that "in emergencies, it's really important to go with those you know and those you trust."
Also, if you want to donate money, don't be discouraged if the money is not getting allocated right away, Berger said.
Charity Navigator recommends staying away from neighborhood organizations unless you know them personally. "Go with an organization that has a strong track record in Haiti of significant time, or a track record in disaster relief over a significant period of time," Berger said.
Also, "Use your head as well as your heart," he said. "Do a little due diligence and think through the best way to give."
Below is a list of helpful resources if you want to donate to the earthquake victims:
Click here for a full report on the quake and its aftermath.
The U.S. State Department asked those wanting to help to donate $10 by texting "HAITI" to "90999." The $10 donation will go automatically to the Red Cross "to help with relief efforts" and will be charged directly to your cell phone bill, the Web site said.
Hours after the quake struck, the American Red Cross pledged an initial $200,000 to assist people affected by the devastation. The American Red Cross has partnered with the Haitian Red Cross, which is leading the response efforts.
The American Red Cross offers several ways to donate to various funds, including international relief to Haiti.
Click here to visit the American Red Cross Web site to find out more or donate online.
People who wish to donate by phone can dial (800) Redcross, or (800) 257-7575 for Spanish.
Those who wish to donate by mail can do so by contacting their local Red Cross chapter or by mailing a donation to the following address:
American Red Cross
P.O. Box 37243
Washington, D.C. 20013
Former president Bill Clinton is the United Nations special envoy to Haiti.
Catholic Relief Services made a $5 million commitment for emergency supplies and is sending water-purification tablets, plastic sheeting, hygiene kits and mosquito nets to Haiti.
For more resources on how to help, please visit Whitehouse.gov.
Mercy Corps is focusing on securing clean water and proper sanitation for survivors in two communities, creating jobs for residents clearing rubble and debris from their neighborhoods, and alleviating post-quake trauma in children.