Typhoon Haiyan Relief

Our hearts go out to those affected by Typhoon Haiyan (Yolanda) in the Philippines last week. If you’re eager to roll up your sleeves, here are a few ways you can get involved to help those in need.

Give a little (money), get a little (warm fuzzy). Make a donation to assist those in the PhilippinesUNICEF
through UNICEF, the world relief fund. UNICEF was the first organization on-the-ground in the aftermath of this devastating storm, and they continue to provide temporary infrastructure for displaced and/or injured families. Funds received are focused particularly in the care of the 4.4 million children who have been affected by the storm.

Want more options? There are plenty of accredited nonprofits on the case: Pick your favorite and take action.

Find your loved ones. A Google Doc has been created to find someone you know or register information about someone who is safe and well online. According to the National Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Council, there are 2,344 confirmed deaths, with another 3,804 hurt.

Play to your strengths. Hundreds of nurses from across the country responded to a call for help on the RN ResponseRNRN Network (RNRN), an agency that organizes nurses for disaster responses. If you are a nurse, or know a nurse, who is willing to help in the Philippines, click here. You can also make a donation through the RNRN to fund this endeavor. The agency reports that over 370 nurses signed up in just five hours after posting the request, with more signing up every day.

Things that inspire us. In the largest scale fundraising effort it has ever made on a social media platform, the Red Cross is partnering with Facebook to accept donations for Typhoon Haiyan relief. Facebook has announced that 100% of the donations will go to the Red Cross.

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The Boston Marathon

American Red Cross

Our hearts go out to those affected by the tragedy yesterday at the Boston Marathon. Here are some resources for those who want to help or need assistance.

Hop online. Send tweets using the hashtag #BostonHelp to offer or request assistance of any kind. You can stay up-to-date on breaking news and show your support by liking the Facebook page R.I.P. for Boston Marathon Victims 2013. The #RunChat group is also encouraging people to wear blue and yellow, the Boston Marathon colors, to show support.

Share your digs. Boston.com has set up a Google Doc for those offering a place to stay, and for those who are displaced and need a place to stay in Boston.

Let someone know. The Red Cross Safe & Well page allows those affected to register themselves in their database as unharmed. Family or friends can search this database to check in on loved ones.


Get involved. The Salvation Army will be offering food, beverages and crisis counseling for those affected by this tragedy. Learn more here.

One last note – be careful. The Better Business Bureau has issued a release urging donors to give thoughtfully and avoid those seeking to take advantage of the generosity of others. Read the full story.

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