How to Help Japan – and Prepare Your Own Community

Japan Disaster ReliefFor the past week, we’ve all been looking for ways we can help those in crisis in Japan. At VolunteerMatch, we want to make sure that anyone in our community that wants to help is able to give their time, their money, or both to causes working on the relief effort.

That’s why we’ve partnered with Network for Good to create a special page to help the VolunteerMatch community address disasters like the tragic earthquake and tsunami in Japan. Network for Good has been a leader in online giving for 10 years, facilitating over $500 million in donations for nonprofits so far.

This page is not only for relief efforts in Japan, however. It will remain up to help us all address disasters in the future. It also contains resources that will teach us to be better prepared when a disaster does strike.

VolunteerMatch on Network for Good

You’ll see on the page a list of nonprofits that are part of the VolunteerMatch community and are working on the ground in Japan. You can read a summary of what they’re doing to help, and easily click “donate now” to contribute to their efforts.

Just as critical as disaster response is disaster preparedness. Both individuals and nonprofits can learn to prepare their communities for disasters by clicking on the “Disaster Preparedness” link on the page and exploring the VolunteerMatch Disaster Preparedness & Relief Map. Search by geographic area for disaster training volunteer opportunities, or use the search page to search for virtual opportunities in disaster preparedness and relief.

So if you’re looking for answers to the question: “What can I do to help?” Here’s the answer:

(Photo: Official U.S. Navy Imagery)