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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

The Deepwater Horizon Response volunteer request line is 866-448-5816, but operators will only take your name and e-mail address to send you contact information for agencies in each of the four affected gulf states:

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Volunteer Louisiana, http://www.volunteerlouisiana.gov.

Mississippi Commission for Volunteer Service, http://www.volunteermississippi.org.

Serve Alabama, http://www.servealabama.gov.

Volunteer Florida, http://www.volunteerfloridadisaster.org.

Those who live outside these states might have better luck contacting or donating to their local eco-organizations or to these large and small independent nonprofit groups working in the field along the gulf:

Catholic Charities Archdiocese of New Orleans, which is leading the humanitarian response, accepts donations and volunteer registrations via http://www.ccano.orgor 504-592-5685.

Louisiana Wildlife Rehabilitators Association, including the Clearwater Wildlife Sanctuary in Covington, La., accepts donations via http://www.lawraonline.com.

LA Gulf Response, a coalition of conservation organizations including the National Audubon Society and the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, says that volunteer assistance is not needed immediately but that people can register via www.lagulfresponse.org.

Louisiana Bucket Brigade, a nonprofit group that has five staff members and works on environmental health in communities that border oil and chemical refineries, has portals for volunteer work and donations at http://www.labucketbrigade.org.


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