Wednesday, January 13, 2010


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, 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 website.

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  1. Thank you for the links! I want to donate but was wary of winding up donating to scam artists... so these are helpful :)

  2. Good point. With Haiti donations, everyone should be especially careful with scammers. Those considering donating should check an org out carefully BEFORE wiring any money. I'm working on a post on avoiding scams as a result of this tragedy which will be up live on MommyBlogExpert shortly.

  3. Yes. I think I have decided to go with the Canadian Red Cross. I am a student right now, but I am sure every bit will help.

  4. To all my friendly neighbors in CANADA: Please support the Canadian Red Cross, of course! You are a great example for us all. IF we ALL GIVE A LITTLE, WE CAN HELP A LOT