guide to: The best organizations to donate your time and money for the BP oil spill

photo courtesy of Contra Costa Times via flickr

photo courtesy of Contra Costa Times via flickr

On April 20 the Deepwater Horizon BP oil rig drilling in the Gulf of Mexico exploded killing 11 workers and causing oil to rapidly leak into the ocean. In the weeks since the accident, tens of thousands of barrels of oil have spilled into the surrounding ocean daily and have begun to wash up on the shores of coastal towns. As time goes on, the spill promises to destroy hundreds of miles of shoreline, kill surrounding wildlife and severely impact the economies of coastal towns in Alabama, Florida and Louisiana.

Evidence suggests that the disaster has only just begun. The Gulf Coast spill is reminiscent of the 1993 Exxon Valdez spill in terms of its reach, but threatens consequences even more grave. President Obama has referred to the latest spill as “a potentially unprecedented environmental disaster.”

The following are the top organizations to volunteer your time and/or make donations to help victims of the oil spill, courtesy of Charity Navigator and CrisisWiki.

*To help rehabilitate oiled birds and provide them with food and a safe habitat, donate to The American Bird Conservancy.

*With years of experience working with local environmental and community development issues, The Greater New Orleans Foundation has set up the Gulf Coast Oil Spill Fund to assist in both short-term support and long-term recovery for the coastal communities of New Orleans.

*Oceana is asking that you use this opportunity to make sure that expanded offshore oil drilling is not included in the climate bill by sending a message to your senators today.

*Oxfam America is requesting donations to help provide affected communities with financial assistance and to protect local wetlands and marshes.

*Send a message through Greenpeace to tell President Obama that it is time to break our addiction to oil.

*The National Wildlife Federation asks you to send the following message to President Obama to urge restoration of Louisiana’s Coastal Wetlands. You can also text “WILDLIFE” to 20222 to donate $10.

*Register through OilSpillVolunteers.com to volunteer or join a cleanup organization.

*Via the BP Volunteer Hotline you can report injured wildlife at 1-866-557-1401 or damages related to the spill by dialing 1-800-440-0858.

May 6, 2010 by Annie
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