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Highlanders Helping Haiyan Victims

Flag of the Philippines.svgOn November 8, Typhoon Haiyan (also called Yolanda), one of the largest typhoons ever recorded, ripped through the Philippines with sustained winds measuring 195 mph and gusts as high as 235 mph. Just three weeks before, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake rocked the islands in the same region. These natural catastrophes have destroyed entire villages and reportedly claimed over 10,000 lives.

The Campus Center and Career Development Services Civic Engagement with the Filipino Student Association are coordinating the Highlanders Helping Haiyan Victims to help those affected by these natural disasters. NJIT has a tradition of raising much needed charitable funds, including the victims of the earthquake in Haiti, the tsunami in Japan and the hurricane here in NJ. It’s time to come together again and help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines and surrounding areas! For more information or to volunteer, please contact Donna Minnich (minnich@njit.edu) or Rosalind Newton (rosalind.h.newton@njit.edu).

How can you help?

Volunteer - Attend - Donate

Volunteer

Volunteer to staff the Highlanders Helping Haiyan Victims Table in the Campus Center Lobby from Thursday, November 14 thru Friday, November 22 from 10am – 6pm. A sign-up sheet is at the Information Desk or email minnich@njit.edu with your desired day/time. Participate in this community service opportunity as individuals and student organizations – you will make a difference in someone’s life!

Host or Attend an Event

Student organizations are encouraged to plan activities to raise funds to help the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. Collect donations at an already planned event or activity, or create and host a new event to raise funds. Please contact Donna Minnich (minnich@njit.edu) in the Campus Center to coordinate your relief efforts. Events will be listed here as they are planned.

Filipino Student Association Reign or Shine

Sunday, November 24: 4:00 PM – 1:00 AM, Campus Center Ballroom

Description: All proceeds from FSA’s annual Urban / Hip Hop Dance Competition will be donated to help the relief efforts in the Philippines. Cost: NJIT student’s donation requested.

Non-NJIT students: $12 Advance, $15 Door.

Donate Funds

Donate needed funds directly on-line to one of the suggested relief organizations below or at the Highlanders Helping Haiyan Victims Table in the Campus Center Lobby from November 14 – 22. All proceeds collected at the table will be donated to UNICEF to directly help those affected by the typhoon.

Below is a list of some of the organizations assisting in the recovery efforts. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, and NJIT does not explicitly endorse any of the aid organizations listed below. This list is provided as a reference point for those considering donating to relief efforts (list from CBS News/ November 10, 2013).

International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the world's worst humanitarian crises and helps people to survive and rebuild their lives. They are sending teams to assist in the Philippines. Contact: www.rescue.org

United Nations Childrens' Fund (UNICEF) is currently rushing relief supplies to the region, and says up to four million children could be affected by the disaster. Contact: http://www.unicef.org/

International Committee of the Red Cross/Red Crescent is closely coordinating its relief efforts with the Philippine Red Cross, the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, and a number of National Societies of other countries. The ICRC has an office and staff on the ground in Tacloban city and will be focusing its emergency response in Samar province, where it has been operational for many years in the context of the armed conflict in the southern Philippines. Contact: sos@redcross.org.ph

Philippine Red Cross has deployed assessment and rescue teams to the areas affected. It is also helping people to find out about the safety of family and friends.

Contact: sos@redcross.org.ph

Doctors Without Borders works in nearly 70 countries providing medical aid to those most in need regardless of their race, religion, or political affiliation, and are always involved in disaster situations with crucial medical care. Contact: http://www.doctorswithoutborders.org/

International Medical Corps' Emergency Response Fund is a global, humanitarian, nonprofit organization dedicated to saving lives and relieving suffering through health care training and relief and development programs. They are gathering teams to send to the Philippines. Contact: https://internationalmedicalcorps.org

Save The Children supports children and families around the world affected by disaster. They are currently preparing to assist in the Philippines. Contact: http://www.savethechildren.org/

Mercy Corps is deploying some of their most seasoned emergency responders and will be working with partners on the ground to meet the urgent humanitarian needs of survivors. In the wake of one of the strongest storms in recorded history, families desperately need food, water, shelter and other basic supplies. Contact: www.mercorps.org

Oxfam International teams are on the ground assessing the extent of the damage and are ready to deploy water and sanitation materials to those affected. One of the affected areas is northern-most tip of Cebu. “The scene is one of utter devastation. There is no electricity in the entire area and no water. Local emergency food stocks have been distributed but stocks are dwindling. The immediate need is water, both for drinking and cleaning,” said Tata Abella-Bolo, a member Oxfam’s emergency team in Cebu. Contact: www.oxfamamerica.org

The mGive Foundation is collecting donations from U.S. wireless subscribers, who can text AID to 80108 to give a $10 donation to the organization's Philippines Typhoon Disaster Relief Fund. Charges will appear on the user's wireless bill or will be deducted from a prepaid balance. Text STOP to 80108 to stop or HELP for assistance. Contact: https://mgive.org/

Note: before you donate either your time or money, please be aware that there are always scammers looking to profit on disasters. If you find an organization you are thinking of giving money to, check their credentials at the Charity Navigator (http://www.charitynavigator.org/), which evaluates the financial health and efficiency of more than 5,500 organizations.