This is a devastating time for those affected in Oklahoma and there are many people with hearts of gold willing and ready to help. However, do not let your charity become a burden to those cities. Having worked at the Volunteer Action Center at the University of Arkansas, I’ve learned of some best practice after a disaster.
The very best ways to help in an immediate aftermath are through blood drives and monetary drives. Please DO NOT go to Oklahoma City until recovery is complete. The trained first responders and recovery teams need to do their job and assess the area before soliciting help. Follow the Volunteer Action Center for an update on when untrained volunteers will be needed for clean up.
Please visit the sites below with listings of official relief organizations and ways to help. Do not provide unsolicited donations as that can become a huge logistics issue or unsolicited volunteer help since you can be turned away. Research reputable organizations and their requests before assisting. Recovery and rebuilding is long term for any disaster area. There will eventually be a better time to provide direct, hands on service.
For Untrained Volunteers: NBC News Article and Huffington Post Article and Oklahoma Nation Facebook
Become Trained Volunteer for Future: Red Cross
Blood Drives: Red Cross (Jones Center May 21st from 2-7)
For Military Veterans: Team Rubicon
Animal Aid: OK Humane Society and OKC Pet Food Pantry
Shelters For Displaced: Oklahoma Nation List
Do you know of any other organizations requesting monetary donations, other donations, local blood drives, or sites with constant updating lists of organizations needing help? Comment below this blog post or Facebook post!