January 19, 2010

Haiti Relief Opportunities

Many members of the Vanderbilt community are wondering how they can assist the people of Haiti, who are suffering in the aftermath of the massive 7.0-magnitude earthquake earlier this week that left behind thousands of people dead, injured, trapped in debris and homeless.

Should faculty and staff want to assist in relief efforts, the most effective means is often through donations to reputable organizations that are coordinating and providing emergency response (see list below).

To help immediately, text "HAITI" to 90999 and $10 will be given automatically to the Red Cross, charged to your cell phone bill.

The Vanderbilt Office of Active Citizenship and Service is coordinating student response efforts. See more information at http://www.vanderbilt.edu/oacs/for_students/disaster.html

Early next week, the American Red Cross will be meeting on campus with interested Vanderbilt groups in an effort to promote a tangible response to this crisis in Haiti. Please complete this online form if you or your organization is interested in assisting the relief efforts in Haiti: https://sitemason.vanderbilt.edu/form/jVYWCQ.

OPPORTUNITIES ON CAMPUS AND IN THE NASHVILLE AREA:

The Vanderbilt Carribbean Students Association will collect monetary donations for relief in Haiti through Theo’s Work, Inc. They will be on the wall every Thursday until March 18.

PROJECT C.U.R.E. is accepting donations of first aid and hygiene supplies (bandages, gauze, medical tape, baby bottles, baby diapers and wipes, crutches, etc.) for delivery to Haiti. Donations can be delivered to their Nashville distribution center during hours of operation or sent by mail at any time. Please call 615-837-7575 to schedule an appointment to drop off supplies and equipment.

Nashville-based Soles4Souls is collecting shoes and monetary donations for victims of the Haitian earthquake. The Department of French and Italian is collecting shoes on campus. Shoes can be dropped off at 215 Furman, or individual and small group donations can be made at any one of their participating locations. Larger donations (like shoe-drives) can be made at their warehouse.

The Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee has systems to simplify and expedite the process of helping people in need. Gifts of any size are welcome from those who want to help, and grants from the Haiti Earthquake Response Fund of The Community Foundation will be given to nonprofits and aid groups for immediate response, clean-up, and restoration efforts in the aftermath of the earthquake.

The following organizations are currently providing direct relief to Haiti for individuals who want to help:
o American Red Cross: http://www.redcross.org/
o Americares: http://www.americares.org/
o Beyond Borders: http://www.beyondborders.net/index.php
o CARE: http://www.care.org/
o Catholic Relief Services http://crs.org/accountability/
o Doctors Without Borders: http://doctorswithoutborders.org/
o Florida International Volunteer Corps, www.favaca.org  
o Interaction: http://www.interaction.org/crisis-list/earthquake-haiti
o Operation USA: http://www.opusa.org/
o Oxfam America: http://www.oxfamamerica.org/
o Pan American Development Foundation, www.panamericanrelief.org  
o Samaritan’s Purse, www.samaritanspurse.org  
o UN ReliefWeb, www.reliefweb.int  
o UNICEF: http://www.supportunicef.org/site/pp.asp?c=9fLEJSOALpE&b=1023561
o Yele Haiti: http://www.yele.org/

For further information about the crisis, visit the U.S. State Department Web site at http://www.state.gov/