United Way of North Central Massachusetts has received over $500,000 in contributions from local donors to help the victims of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.

“Almost immediately after the earthquake struck Haiti, we had donors contacting us asking how they could help. The outpouring of support has been quite remarkable” said Phil Grzewinski, president of United Way of North Central Massachusetts.

The nonprofit agency serving North Central Massachusetts identified two funds for local donors to support. Operation Helping Hands, which is being coordinated by United Way of Miami-Dade in Florida, is providing emergency relief activities, while United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund will support the long-term recovery efforts by addressing educational, financial and health-related challenges.

Donations can be made online by visiting http://www.uwncm.org/. Checks should be made payable to United Way of North Central Massachusetts, 285 John Fitch Hwy, Fitchburg, MA 01420. Donors should indicate in the memo field of their check Operation Helping Hand or Disaster Fund.  For contributions made by check, there is no service or administrative fee, so 100 percent goes directly to the agencies.

Individuals can also contribute $5 to Haiti’s long-term recovery by texting: Haiti to United (864833). Standard text messaging rates apply.