by Janis Brett Elspas
This is a call to join me in doing what you can to help those in Haiti that were affected by the 7.0+ earthquake yesterday. As a family of advocates for community service, my DH, kids and I make a habit out of volunteering in our own town and helping elsewhere in the world where it is needed most. And, as Southern Californians living in earthquake country ourselves, we have empathetic to those who have suffered from the big one that hit Tuesday in the Western Hemisphere's most-impoverished country.
According to a news story published by YourCause.com, a social media network where caring people can harness the power of Web 2.0 and the Internet to raise for funds to help people around the world, this is the most catastrophic earthquake to strike that country since 1984. There is widespread panic still emerging now as Haiti needs our help. Even before this terrible shaker, 70% of Haiti's population lives on less than two dollars per day and half of its 8.5 million people are unemployed.
Here's a list of more than 220 organizations that have rushed to Haiti's rescue -- and more groups are still forming as this post goes live. Check these to find out how you and your kids can help the people of Haiti through an established organization or start your own on the YourCause.com website.
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