Here’s How to Help Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts…Even If You’re Not Rich

How to help Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts...even if you're not rich.The reports coming from the Phillippines and Vietnam are painting a horrifying picture of devastation and desperation, as hundreds of thousands are left without the basic necessities of life. It’s impossible not to be moved to take action when faced with human suffering at this magnitude.

Since the storm struck, many people have contacted VolunteerMatch for advice on how to help. Yesterday one person emailed asking how to get her classroom involved, since soliciting donations directly from students is not necessarily appropriate. Another community member tweeted, asking if there are ways to go and volunteer.

 

We are all feeling that urge to find ways to do more, to go there and volunteer our time and sweat and passion. As we’ve covered before in the aftermath of previous disasters, however, volunteering your time is often not the most effective way to help disaster relief efforts. During this critical period the organizations on the ground need trained professionals, and they need money. Even donations of goods make things difficult, as they are costly to ship and complicated to distribute.

Bottom line: The best way to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan is to donate in support of the relief efforts. So we’re back to where we started, NOT being rich.

We have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you: Become a volunteer fundraiser for Typhoon Haiyan relief!

Raising money from your friends, family and community is an important way to volunteer. You can mobilize your volunteers and other community members (even students) to join in the effort.

Fundraising for disaster relief may not be what your organization normally focuses on every day, but rallying your community to help after this awful disaster will build teamwork and energize people to stay involved.

Check out the posts below to learn how to engage your supporters as volunteer fundraisers:

Are you and/or your organization doing something special to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts? Tell us about it in the comments!

Related Posts with Thumbnails

4 thoughts on “Here’s How to Help Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts…Even If You’re Not Rich

  1. Pingback: Here’s How to Help Typhoon Haiyan Relief Efforts…Even If You’re Not Rich | CauseHub

  2. Thank you for posting this blog. I’ve fallen in love with this website and will be checking in with it frequently now that I’ve found it. The way I am trying to help with informing others about how we can get involved in helping with the disaster relief efforts in the Philippines is by talking about it on my podcast and linking to blogs on my blog website. The podcast is called Generosity Philosophy and the website is http://www.generosityphilosophy.com

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>