Update: JTA news "Jewish groups pitch in to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina"
Mainstream Jewish organizations are coordinating an enormous outpouring of charitable and volunteer efforts in the aftermath of hurricane Katrina. The attached joint memo deals with relief efforts at the local community level; it exemplifies the high-level degree of coordination. (If only FEMA and Homeland Security had the kind of leadership...)
I received a cover letter that stressed: "Please know that we are concerned with ALL the residents of the area and contributions you send will go to help all residents of the area." (I think this is implicit in the attached memo.) This emphasis is important to me, in light of the disproportionate poverty of the many non-Jews who need help.
PS I deleted the memo's contact info, due to confidentiality and spam concerns. Let me know if you need this information.