In times of disaster we feel impotent before such massive destruction. But here are some things you can do if you feel like getting involved in helping with the oil spill.

1. Report injured wildlife and oiled beaches:

* To report oiled wildlife, call 1-866-557-1401. Messages will be checked hourly.

* To report oiled shoreline, call 1-866-448-5816.

* To report spill-related damage, call 1-800-440-0858.

* To file a claim, call BP’s helpline at 1-800-440-0858.

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Wildlife affected by oil hazard.

2. Volunteer

The Deepwater Horizon Response Center has set up several lines:

* To submit alternative response technology, services or products, call 281-366-5511

* To submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity skimming system, call 281-366-5511

* To volunteer, call 1-866-448-5816 or find a state specific volunteer opportunity:

3. Donate

* National Audubon Society, is working to aid birds and habitat affected by the spill.

* National Wildlife Federation, is responding to the spill and The Daily Green’s own Gloria Reuben has created a video urging you to take action (below).

*The Greater New Orleans Foundation, is assisting locally.

* Matter of Trust is accepting donations of hair, fur and nylons, which are used to aid in the oil response.

* Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences, which protects important shorebird habitat in the Gulf and throughout the Americas, will be documenting damage to birds and striving to restore them.

4. Websites with more information:

* The Administration’s coordinated response effort website has the latest news»

* Updates on the ongoing efforts on»

* Select Committee on Energy and Independence & Global Warming resource web page»

* EPA’s information about validated environmental air and water sampling results»

* NOAA Fisheries Service on impact to fishing and closures»

* Minerals Management Service»

* Fish and Wildlife Service updates»

* NASA imagery of the oil spill from space»

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