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    Relief Efforts Begin in the Wake of Japan’s Massive Earthquake

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    Relief Efforts Begin in the Wake of Japan’s Massive Earthquake

    Japan begins recovery efforts

    Japan begins recovery efforts

    As Japan struggles to recover from the floods, power failures, fires, shuttered airports and paralyzed transit systems as a result of the 8.9 magnitude earthquake and subsequent tsunami that struck on March 11, humanitarian organizations are mobilizing to provide relief to those affected.

    The caring people that work at Goodwill® member agencies in the United States, Canada, and 13 other countries, send their thoughts and prayers to the people of Japan.

    As Goodwill’s mission is to generate opportunities for people to achieve economic stability and build strong families and vibrant communities through community-based job training and employment placement programs, we encourage you to contact and support your choice of the following agencies that are providing immediate, broad-based humanitarian relief to the people of Japan:

    • The AMERICAN RED CROSS has opened Emergency Operation Centers in the affected areas, staffed by the chapters.
    • The INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS is putting together relief teams, as well as supplies, and are in contact with partners in Japan and other affected countries to assess needs and coordinate our activities.
    • The SALVATION ARMY, which has been in Japan since 1895, is currently providing emergency assistance to those in need.
    • SAVE THE CHILDREN is mobilizing to provide immediate humanitarian relief in the shape of emergency health care and provision of non-food items and shelter.
    • GLOBALGIVING has established a fund to disburse donations to organizations providing relief and emergency services to victims of the earthquake and tsunami.
    • The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is raising funds to help children in Japan impacted by the recent earthquake and tsunami.

    GuideStar enables donors to make better decisions by providing comprehensive information about nonprofits. View GuideStar’s Giving to Disaster Relief and Recovery in Japan to better understand how your donation to disaster relief and recovery efforts in Japan can be most effective.

    NOTE: We will continue to provide updates to this page.

    Arlene McCrehan
    As Senior Director for Digital Media, Arlene leads the social, mobile and public web initiatives for Goodwill Industries International. Her team’s social media initiatives were recently profiled on fastcoexist.com, and recognized by the Society for New Communications Research and the International Association of Business Communicators. Blogger Beth Kanter interviewed Arlene about Goodwill’s strategic integration of mobile technology for her book, Measuring the Networked Nonprofit. McCrehan also provides guidance around information architecture, design and content in the implementation of new technologies, campaigns and micro sites. She is the co-inventor of the Donation Impact Calculator (patent pending).
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