Some health advocacy groups have organized interest-specific and disease-specific volunteer opportunities, donations and other resources for victims of Hurricane Katrina. A sampling:
To give help . . .
National Kidney Foundation of the National Capital Area seeks volunteer drivers to shuttle evacuees from their temporary homes in the Washington area to dialysis centers. Volunteer medical professionals and social workers are also needed. To assist, call 202-244-7900. www.kidneywdc.org, www.kidney.org.
People Animals Love (PAL), a Northwest Washington nonprofit pet therapy group, seeks volunteers and their pets to visit people who have been moved to the Armed Forces Retirement Home from a similar facility in Gulfport, Miss. For orientation information, call 202-966-2171 or see peopleanimalslove.com. For the retirement home's donation list, see www.afrh.gov.
Y-ME National Breast Cancer Organization is collecting gently used wigs and prostheses for evacuees. To donate, call 1-800-221-2141 or send mail to: Y-ME, 212 W. Van Buren St., Suite 1000, Chicago, IL 60607. www.y-me.org.
To get help. . . .
National Institutes of Health is providing medical consultation over the phone for primary caretakers of evacuees. To learn more about environmental/toxic concerns, infectious diseases and tropical/geographical medicine, ophthalmology and more, call 866-887-2842. www.nih.gov
-- Samantha Sordyl