Sunday, January 31, 2010

How Did You Decide to Help Haiti for the Rest of 2010?

Last week in my post, Keeping Your Balance While Helping Haiti, I suggested that you research organizations working in Haiti that you would like to support by donating, volunteering, or helping in some other way throughout 2010. We need to support the people of Haiti now, but also in the future, when the hard work of rebuilding begins.

Although I have a particular interest in grassroots organizations, I decided to donate to a large organization, CARE. CARE is a humanitarian nonprofit that works in poor communities. They focus on women and children. I contributed to their Haiti Emergency Response Fund, and am going to set up a small ongoing monthly donation for the rest of 2010, starting in February.

I also put a CARE web badge on my blog, began following their Twitter feed, joined their Facebook Page, put a CARE theme on my iGoogle page, and subscribed to their Notes from the Field blog, and their Policy and Advocacy blog. Because I have an interest in social action book clubs, I signed up to receive e-mail updates and discussion guides about three books they recommend reading.

Have you chosen a way to support an organization working in Haiti throughout 2010? What ways did they offer for you to take action? Did you wish there were more ways to get involved?

For ideas about how to help the Haitian earthquake survivors, check out my post Helping Haiti: Places to Donate, Creative Fundraising Ideas, and Being a Smart Donor.

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  1. that's the point, Britt. now there is the emergency, but the need will be all across the year... and maybe so long!
    Personally, I've donated trough, a sort of federation of italian charities that work together during emergency. Probably I'll continue to donate to one of them during the year, and spread the word among friends.

  2. Anonymous9:41 AM

    The form of contribution I enjoy are through Trees For The Future. They have been in Haiti for at least 8 years and partner with villages to plant trees and develop agriforestry where the value of the entire forest is practiced for financial, food, shelter, community, and environmental stability. These trees will be there for generations along with the awareness that keeps them rooted and growing.

  3. Hi Alberto and roomsforpeace -

    Thanks for sharing how you are helping!


  4. Anonymous9:34 AM

    hi, britt. i am dedicating 100% of the profits of the sale of all fine arts prints of a new painting, called "Courage" to Beyond Borders Haiti (, as well as half the entire sales price of the original painting. This is the link to it:

    Patricia E. Ortman
    Executive Director
    Girls Gotta Run Foundation, Inc.

  5. Wonderful idea, Patricia!

  6. One of the more exciting longterm strategies I've seen has been Haitian-Americans, particularly in South Florida, partnering with other Haitians to begin entrepreneurship development. When the aid groups leave there is a growing confidence that the Haitian people will rise up and take control of their own destiny.


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