In his letter, Actors' Fund executive director Joe Benincasa writes, "Recognizing that many of our colleagues have been deeply affected by the effects of Hurricane Katrina, The Actors' Fund has been working with the guilds and unions to make sure we get the word out about where people can turn for emergency assistance. Our website (www.actorsfund.org) as well as those of Actors' Equity, SAG, AGMA and AFTRA, are providing contact information to get help. . . . Professionals in the entertainment industry in need of assistance should call The Actors' Fund at (800) 221-7303, say where they are calling from, and ask to have an intake worker paged. Those who get voicemail should dial extension 119."
Those wishing to support the Actors' Fund to help those in the entertainment industry in time of need can send donations to The Actors' Fund of America, 729 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor, New York, NY 10019.
The Actors' Fund is a national non-profit organization that provides for the social welfare of all entertainment professionals. Visit www.actorsfund.org for more information.
Donations for Hurricane Katrina victims can also be made to one or more of the following organizations.Red Cross: 1-800-HELP-NOW or www.redcross.org
Episcopal Relief & Development: 1-800-334-7626 or www.er-d.org
United Methodist Committee on Relief: 1-800-554-8583 or gbgm umc.org/umcor/emergency/hurricanes/2005
Salvation Army: 1-800-SAL-ARMY or www.salvationarmyusa.org
Catholic Charities: 1-800-919-9338 or www.catholiccharitiesusa.org
FEMA Charity tips: www.fema.gov/rrr/help2.shtm
National Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster: www.nvoad.org Louisiana
Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals: www.la-spca.org
Operation Blessing: 1-800-436-6348 or www.ob.org
America's Second Harvest: 1-800-344-8070 or www.secondharvest.org
Adventist Community Services: 1-800-381-7171 or www.adventist.communityservices.org
Christian Disaster Response: 1-941-956-5183 or 1-941-551-9554 or www.cdresponse.org/cdrhome.html
Christian Reformed World Relief Committee: 1-800-848-5818 or www.crwrc.org
Church World Service: 1-800-297-1516 or www.churchworldservice.org
Convoy of Hope: 1-417-823-8998 or www.convoyofhope.org
Lutheran Disaster Response: 1-800-638-3522 or www.elca.org/disaster
Mennonite Disaster Service: 1-717-859-2210 or www.mds.mennonite.net
Nazarene Disaster Response: 1-888-256-5886 or www.nazarenedisasterresponse.org
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance: 1-800-872-3283 or www.pcusa.org/pda
Southern Baptist Convention - Disaster Relief: 1-800-462-8657, ext. 6440 or www.namb.net/Disaster_Relief_Homepage.htm