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5 Things You Can Do For Haiti

January 22, 2010

As the world reacts massively and quickly to the earthquake devastation in Haiti, you are probably wondering how YOU can do the most good in this first phase of relief. In the immediate phase, what’s needed are donations of money to experienced disaster relief organizationsclick here for a great NYT article about why. In the future, skills and materials will be needed as well, and we will keep you updated about what will help the most as conditions change.

AmeriCorps Alums knows our audience wants to give… but few of us have millions, or even hundreds, of dollars to donate right now.  By pooling your resources and thinking creatively you can maximize your gift to the Haitian relief effort and connect with your friends and community at the same time! Here are just 5 things alums across the country are doing…

1.  Have a garage/yard sale (invite all your friends of course) and donate the proceeds to your organization of choice.

2.  Plan or attend a benefit dinner or night out. Partner with a restaurant or other business to give you a venue and discounts and donate all the cover charge to one of the recommended organizations on the ground in Haiti

3.  Check out The Extraordinaries Haiti Earthquake Support Center… they are currently using your eyes and volunteer time to match pictures and find missing persons.

4. Got skills? Invite all your friends and family over and teach them something (for a small fee of course)!

5. Donate whatever funds you can spare to your organization of choice… every little bit counts! And keep an eye out for the second phase of relief. We’ll tell you when and where you can volunteer to help.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 22, 2010 10:16 pm

    I have a grandfather out there . So. I can not imagine the loss as many others have faced throughout the last week and change =/ GOD BLESS HAITI and THE LAND. know that we are watching and we are here ❤

  2. January 23, 2010 5:26 am

    This is great! I know a lot of people who are moved and want to help, but don’t know where to start. The garage sale approach seems like something even average folks can do to help out.

  3. January 23, 2010 1:32 pm


    Great post!!


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