Sunday, November 10, 2013

How to Help the Philippines After Typhoon Haiyan

To assist, please consider donating to any one of the following emergency relief nonprofits listed below.  As always, please research any nonprofit you are considering donating to before doing so.  You can research organizations (for free) at Charity Navigator (which has already set up a 'safe organizations for donors to give to list' for the Philippines Typhoon Haiyan disaster response).  Always remember, after a major disaster, that unfortunately there are scam artists creating fake organizations or relief funds.  Be prudent before donating, research organizations you are considering giving to, and your donation will go to assist victims, as you intend.

International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies are already on the ground in Philippines and conducting search efforts and have emergency supplies ready to be distributed now.  To quote their site's web page about the IFRC's Haiyan assistance work, "The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam." - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dpuf

Red Cross is also already on the ground in the Philippines.  To quote their Haiyan web page (on their site), besides also providing search and rescue services and having emergency supplies at the ready, the Red Cross, "The American Red Cross deployed two disaster relief specialists on Saturday to assist in the assessment and relief efforts. Since communication is still very limited in the hardest hit communities, the American Red Cross will also send two telecommunication specialists and a satellite system in the coming days.  The Red Cross has activated its family tracing services. If you are looking for a missing family member in the Philippines,..."  - See more at: http://www.redcross.org/news/article/Red-Cross-Sends-Support-to-Philippines-for-Typhoon-Response

UNICEF "UNICEF staff in the Philippines are rushing into position to deliver aid. More emergency experts are on the way. In Copenhagen, 60 metric tons of emergency supplies — for the health, medical and shelter needs of children — are being readied for an emergency airlift, to arrive within 48 hours."  See more at https://secure.unicefusa.org/site/Donation2?df_id=16500&16500.donation=form1

Doctors Without Borders "Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines, on Nov. 9."  "... MSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits." 
MSF is strengthening its teams with an additional 30 people including medical personnel, logisticians and psychologists arriving in the coming days. MSF is also sending 200 tons of medical and relief items, which will arrive in Cebu within the next three days. A first cargo plane will leave from Dubai tomorrow, and a second will depart Belgium on Tuesday. The humanitarian cargo includes medical kits for treating wounded, material for medical consultations, tetanus vaccines, and relief items such as tents and hygiene kits.  - See more at: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=7140&cat=field-news#sthash.iuq0r3WE.dpuf
- See more at: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=7140&cat=field-news#sthash.iuq0r3WE.dpuf
Emergency teams from Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) arrived in Cebu, the Philippines, on Nov. 9. - See more at: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/news/article.cfm?id=7140&cat=field-news#sthash.iuq0r3WE.dpuf
The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam. - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dpuf
The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam. - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dpuf
The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam. - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dpuf

he IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam. - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dpuf
The IFRC has released 500,000 Swiss francs (545,000 US dollars) from its Disaster Relief Emergency Fund to assist the humanitarian effort on the ground, as the typhoon is now leaving the Philippines and heading across the South China Sea towards Viet Nam. - See more at: http://www.ifrc.org/news-and-media/news-stories/asia-pacific/philippines/thousands-of-homes-destroyed-by-typhoon-haiyan-in-philippines-63686/#sthash.MYj3F4Pu.dp
 
 
Animal Welfare
 
Humane Society International

The Philippine Animal Welfare Society (whose acronym is "PAWS" but is not affiliated with the American animal welfare organization, PAWS, but is its own stand alone Filipino nonprofit).

Veterans, Thank You. Here Are Resources To Assist Veterans and Their Loved Ones...

"To Cheer Up Or Support Those Currently Serving Our Nation and Their Loved Ones:

Support Our Troops "- a nonprofit enabling the public to send care packages to U.S. service men and women, offers other programs such as Find-A-Group - a database that allows the public to find out what organization support the troops and their families, and you may donate if you wish to.

USO "- a private nonprofit chartered by Congress, the United Service Organizations provides not only entertainment to the troops, overseas, as we all know; but more.  There are a variety of services and programs supporting our troops but their loved ones back home, including care package programs, free phone cards for service people and their families, and much much more.

For Veterans and Their Loved Ones:

U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

Joining Forces "- a White House initiative's website that provides veterans' employment resources and other veterans' and military spouse resources and support.

Veterans Crisis Line "- a website providing a helpline for "confidential veterans" assistance from the Department of Veteran Affairs, resources for veterans having difficulties with depression or contemplating suicide, and resources for the loved ones of veterans facing crisis.

National Alliance On Mental Illness's Veterans and Suicide web page " lists both government and private (non-government) resources available to both veterans and their loved ones who are dealing with a vet's depression, suicidal thoughts, or other mental health and wellness issues.

"For U.S. Employers Wishing to Hiring United States Service Men and Women, (and for U.S. Veterans Returning to the Workforce specifically see the Society for Human Resource Management's link, below):

U.S. Small Business Association's Veterans web page " providing information on the federal programs that encourage small business employers to hire U.S. veterans and what each program's benefits, requirements, etc. are.

Society for Human Resource Management's Military Employment Resource page, "online, provides resources for veterans returning to the workplace (such as what rights they have according to the law, etc.), resources for employers: hiring tool kits, federal contractors lists, how to work through communication issues with hired veterans, best practices, and more." [Source: Out of Gratitude to Our U.S. Service People - Resources To Support, Cheer Up, Hire, and Help Them and Their Loved Ones]

Advice On Any Individual Seeking Grants for Themselves (as Opposed to Grants for An Organization, Etc.):

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