By now I’m sure you are well aware of the turmoil in Haiti after the devastating earthquake on January 12th. Since then the world has seemingly bound together in support of this small Caribbean country, doing all they can to support them financially and physically. The rebuilding of Haiti will take some time, and they need all the help they can get. In these tough economic times it is hard to find the money to donate, regardless of how nominal. Trust me, I know! But along with money you can donate your time, your heart and your mind.
Lend a hand
Lending money is the best thing to directly help those suffering in Haiti, however if you prefer a more hands-on and intimate approach, volunteers are being accepted by various organizations. Mostly medical workers are needed, but there is also a need for humanitarians. Volunteering is currently considered a long-term commitment in Haiti. If you are interested in embarking on a life-changing and humbling experience, here is a list of organizations that are currently accepting volunteers,
Knowledge is power. Keep up to date on what is happening in Haiti and spread the word amongst your friends and colleagues. Some people do not feel moved to donate or help because they simply do not know enough. Stay updated in real time via haitifeed.com.
Hold a Benefit
You don’t have to know a lot of people or be the CEO of a major corporation to raise some funds. Remember, every dollar counts! Invite everyone you know over for wine and treats, and make it mandatory that everyone bring something (old clothing, furnishings or money) to donate. Or you can convince your boss to donate a certain percentage of sales from a day (or week!) of business to Haiti relief. It is great publicity and also a tax write off. Be creative and get people together for a great cause.
This one is a no-brainer. There are a myriad of organizations that are accepting donations for Haiti relief. Modern technology makes donating easier than it has ever been before. (You can text “HAITI” to 90999 to donate $10 to the American Red Cross.) Check out this comprehensive list of organizations that are accepting donations, and choose which one works best for you.
After the initial shock of an event, people tend to get absorbed in their own lives and forget about the long-term peril that is still taking place. The people of Haiti will still be reconstructing their lives for years to come. Don’t forget about them and keep checking in on their progress, donating and helping when you can.