Haitian Presidential Palace damaged by the earthquakeIn the aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Haiti, Westchester County officials are working to help coordinate the ways residents can respond to the tragedy.  

County Executive Robert P. Astorino, Board Chairman Ken Jenkins of Yonkers, Vice Chairman Lyndon Williams of Mount Vernon and Legislators Alfreda Williams of Greenburgh and Vito Pinto of Eastchester joined together at a news conference to detail ways county residents can help.

The magnitude 7.0 earthquake has affected about 3 million people in Haiti – one-third of Haiti's population – and devastated the capital city, killing an unknown number of people and destroying buildings.

“Our hearts and prayers go out to the people of Haiti and all  of their loved ones everywhere, especially here in Westchester," said Astorino. "As this tragedy has unfolded, people across Westchester have continued to ask, 'How can I help?' Toward that end, we have posted information on this Web site. In the days ahead, we will monitor the situation closely to see what other ways we can help."

Organizations for monetary donations

Organizations receiving necessities and a list of necessities

Information for residents who are trying to locate family in Haiti

The members of the Board of Legislators expressed their sympathy as well.

Haitian relief efforts are underwayJenkins said, “The thoughts and prayers of Westchester’s residents go out to the families directly affected by this tragedy. As the immediate relief effort is underway in Port-au-Prince and the surrounding areas, the Westchester County government is working with local community-based organizations, clergy leaders and caring residents from all parts of our county to identify needed resources.  As a county, we are more than ready to extend our help to the people of Haiti to the extent that we possibly can.”

Lyndon Williams noted that he is the representative to the largest population of Haitian immigrants in Westchester, saying: “I am truly saddened by the catastrophe that has hit Haiti, causing the tremendous destruction of one of the jewels of the Caribbean. At this point, the best way to help is through a financial donation. Unfortunately during times such as these there are some who try to talk advantage of the situation.  The County has compiled a list of local relief efforts for concerned residents who wish to donate their time, finances or necessities in response to the tragedy.”

Alfreda Williams said, “We should all say an additional prayer for the many selfless Westchester residents who were volunteering their time in Haiti when the earthquake occurred, and for some, whose safety is not yet known. I encourage all residents to reach out to one of the many international aid agencies currently on the ground in Haiti to ask how they may be able to help the rescue and relief effort. Westchester residents will do everything we can -- as soon as we can -- to help the people of Haiti recover."