Saturday, January 16, 2010
(Monticello) — County Manager David Fanslau announced today that the County has added links on the County website (co.sullivan.ny.us) to recognized charities that have been established to aid the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti last week. There is also information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation regarding fraudulent charities.
"The Earthquake victims in Haiti are in desperate need of assistance with the basic necessities like clean water and shelter. Please consider donating to recognized relief efforts if you are able,” said Legislature Chairman Jonathan F. Rouis.
“The Citizenry of Sullivan County have showed their compassion for the victims of tragedy on countless occasions, and once again there is a need to call upon our residents to assist the victims of the horrific earthquake in Haiti last week,” added Legislature Vice Chairman Elwin “Woody” Wood.
“As the Chair of the Public Safety Committee, I have witnessed first-hand the damage natural disasters have unleashed on its victims. For those that have the ability to donate to relief efforts in Haiti, I encourage you to do so, through a recognized charity, to aid the Haitian earthquake victims,” said Minority Leader Leni C. Binder.
“Sullivan County is a community rich with diversity, but united with compassion for all. It is time for all to be thankful for what we do have, and reach out to the Haitians in their time of great need,” said Legislator Jodi Goodman
The following charities and their links have been placed on the Sullivan County website:
The FBI issued a statement to remind Internet users who receive appeals to donate money in the aftermath of last Tuesday's earthquake in Haiti to apply a critical eye and do their due diligence before responding to those requests. Past tragedies and natural disasters have prompted individuals with criminal intent to solicit contributions purportedly for a charitable organization and/or a good cause.
Therefore, before making a donation of any kind, consumers should adhere to certain guidelines, to include the following:
Do not respond to any unsolicited (SPAM) incoming emails, including clicking links contained within those messages.
Be skeptical of individuals representing themselves as surviving victims or officials asking for donations via e-mail or social networking sites.
Verify the legitimacy of nonprofit organizations by utilizing various Internet-based resources that may assist in confirming the group"s existence and its nonprofit status rather than following a purported link to the site.
Be cautious of e-mails that claim to show pictures of the disaster areas in attached files because the files may contain viruses. Only open attachments from known senders.
Make contributions directly to known organizations rather than relying on others to make the donation on your behalf to ensure contributions are received and used for intended purposes.
Do not give your personal or financial information to anyone who solicits contributions: Providing such information may compromise your identity and make you vulnerable to identity theft.
For more information please contact, David P. Fanslau, County Manager, (845) 807-0450.