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.
@VolunteerMatch Hi! I’m wondering if there’s a way to help out in person in Philippines. I’m currently unemployed and but I want to help!
— Anya Babko (@anya_babko) November 13, 2013
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:
- 6 Tips for Converting Event Volunteers into Effective Fundraisers
- A Great Idea: Involve Volunteers in Fundraising
- Make #GivingTuesday Count by Engaging Volunteers as Fundraisers
Are you and/or your organization doing something special to support Typhoon Haiyan relief efforts? Tell us about it in the comments!