On August 16, 2021, a magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck southwestern Haiti, causing widespread and extensive damage, casualties, and fatalities.


USAID, as the lead agency for response from the United States, has deployed a Disaster Assistance Response Team (DART) to lead the U.S. government’s response efforts. This elite team, comprising disaster experts from USAID’s Bureau for Humanitarian Assistance, is assessing the damage, identifying priority needs, and coordinating with humanitarian partners. The DART is also coordinating with the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, as well as other U.S. agencies in the region.

Without doubt, our hearts and prayers are with the Haitian people in this difficult and dangerous time.  Many have reached out to see how they can help.  Most would agree that our aid should be focused on the survivors need, rather than our own. To support the needs of the Haitian people, New Jersey VOAD endorses the USAID recommendation that CASH IS BEST.


After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, large piles of used clothing, shoes, food, and household goods sent to Port-au-Prince went unclaimed and began spoiling, attracting rats and other vermin. Not only did these become a health hazard for aid workers and people living nearby, they also clogged up the runway used for relief flights. In the end, these piles of goodwill had to be bulldozed off the airstrip and burned as garbage.

This is one of the many reasons why, when trying to help, CASH IS BEST.

How You Can Help –

Send cash donations to reputable relief organizations working on the ground. They can make the most difference and save the most lives. Here’s how.

If you are interested in volunteering, this page has what you need to know.

Detailed information on how relief organizations use donations can be found at: GiveWellCharity Navigator, and Better Business Bureau.

Donations –

The organizations below are actively employed in the response and recovery efforts following the earthquake in Haiti.  Click on a link below to find out the organization’s level of involvement at this time or to make a financial donation.

Financial Gift

Financial gifts made to organizations and foundations are collected, managed and disbursed by those entities. NJ Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NJVOAD), the NJ Office of Emergency Management (NJOEM), and the NJ Governor’s Office of Volunteerism do not promote any one organization over another and do not have any involvement in how funds are managed or disbursed.