Response to the Nepal Earthquake
Although the Nepal disaster is half a world away, the United States and the International Relief Organizations are on the ground providing search and rescue, shelter, food, and health care to
the thousands of adults and children affected by this catastrophe.
You can find information about the various organizational efforts by googling “Nepal earthquake donations” or www.cidi.org. Agencies such as the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the International Medical Corps and Doctors without Borders continue to post reports on a daily basis. Please be guided by the advice of Voluntary Organizations Active in Disasters and do not collect used clothing and food to try to send it to Nepal.
Mountains of clothing create what is called “the second disaster.” Cash is best so that the humanitarian organizations can get their personnel, volunteers, and supplies in as quickly as possible and deploy as needs evolve. The United States is assisting with medical supplies, search and rescue teams, and is sending in temporary shelter materials for 35,000 people. Our thoughts are with those who are suffering and who have lost so much.
Become a World Meeting of Families Volunteer!
World Meeting of Families has launched the online volunteer registration for anyone wanting to give their time during the event from Sept. 22 to 27, 2015. The event, which will include
a Papal visit during the weekend, is expected to bring millions of people to Philadelphia. About 10,000 volunteers are needed. All volunteers must be at least 18 years old and the volunteer process will
go through Verified Volunteers. Each volunteer is subjected to a background check and it will take 24 to 48 hours to find out if you've been approved. Once approved, volunteers will need to participate in
formal training programs.
For more information on getting involved you can go to the World Meeting of Families website.
Be a Red Cross Volunteer!
Our volunteers touch lives in the community every day. They are the heart and soul of the Red Cross and represent every age, gender, religion, race and ethnicity. There are so many ways you can help. Start your Red Cross story today.
A critical need for volunteers exists throughout New Jersey and in your local community for the following positions:
- On Call Disaster Response volunteers to help with our after hours and weekend response calls, licensed health & mental health professionals, as well as volunteers to respond when we have to open evacuation shelters
- Blood Drive volunteers
- CPR instructors
Other volunteer opportunities exist! Training is required and provided free of charge.
Consider giving of your time, skills and talents to assist your neighbors. All Red Cross assistance is free and a gift from the American public.
Start your Red Cross story by visiting www.redcross.org
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno Recognizes the Importance of Volunteerism in Rebuilding New Jersey Communities
Volunteers Honored During Ongoing National Volunteerism Month Celebration
Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno and volunteers from the North Carolina Baptist Men(NCBM) who worked on rebuilding a home in Seaside Heights.
Trenton, NJ –Lt. Governor Kim Guadagno participated in two volunteerism events in Seaside Heights and at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) in Newark to recognize individuals who have dedicated their time and efforts to rebuild New Jersey communities severely impacted by Superstorm Sandy. The events were part of an ongoing celebration of service during National Volunteerism Month in April.
“Although nearly 18 months have passed since the storm, it’s important to not only remember, but promote the fact that so many volunteers remain engaged in the recovery process,” said Lt. Governor Guadagno. “These dedicated individuals are committed to restoring the communities that were affected in New Jersey, and in doing so deserve our highest praise and gratitude. Without their efforts, many families would not yet have been able to return to their homes, and I’m delighted to have the opportunity to thank them personally.”