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What's The Best Way To Help Nepal Right Now?

Where: Nepal
April 30, 2015 at 4:41 PM | by | ()

After Saturday's devastating earthquake, many people here in the U.S. want to help those in Nepal, but they aren't sure where to start.

If your instinct is to get on the next flight to Kathmandu, that might not be the best plan. Even if you have the time and resources needed to head to Nepal, food, lodging and volunteer coordination may be lacking, making some well-intentioned travelers more of a burden than a help.

But, that doesn't mean there won't be plenty of organized volunteer opportunities in Nepal in the future. Habitat for Humanity is already planning a longer-term response that will assist affected communities with permanent housing solutions.

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How You Can Volunteer to Help Tornado Victims in the Southeast

April 30, 2014 at 3:52 PM | by | ()

A severe storm system is to blame for more than 25 deaths in Alabama, Mississippi, and Tennessee over the last few days. Tornadoes have caused most of the damage, destroying homes and knocking out power across the central and southeastern United States.

Several organizations are already taking action and organizing volunteers who will deploy to the affected areas where they will help clear debris and rebuild.

One of these not-for-profits, Points of Light, is coordinating with HandsOn Network affiliates in the affected areas and Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster chapters across the U.S. to assess the situation and begin offering support.

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Projects Abroad is Already Organizing Typhoon Relief Volunteer Trips to the Philippines

November 20, 2013 at 2:01 PM | by | ()

In the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, several organization are calling on volunteers to help rebuild the Philippines.

One of those agencies, Projects Abroad, already has people on the ground concentrating on restoring schools and child care centers. Since disaster relief efforts are expected to last for the next several months, they organizing more volunteer trips to the region right now.

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Google Adds, Updates Street View Tours of Japan's Radiation Hazard Zone

September 10, 2013 at 10:18 AM | by | ()

Last March we told you about one of the newer and more creative Google Street View efforts, which had the Mountain View giant mapping towns and cities in Japan that had been abandoned—and were now functionally inaccessible—because of the Fukushima disaster. We always knew the radiation-soaked areas were going to be off-limits for a long time, but in recent days new readings have transformed "a long time" into "a very, very, very long time." This is all by way of saying that if you want to "visit" those areas, you're going to have to do it over the Internet.

Now comes word via the Google Maps blog that you can see more of those areas than ever before. The blog post—which formally announced the addition of 17 cities within the hazard zone—begins by linking to information about the project itself.

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How To Volunteer In Moore, Oklahoma Right Now

May 22, 2013 at 4:05 PM | by | ()

Oklahoma is still reeling from Monday's EF5 Tornado, so if you're game to hop in the car and head over to start helping victims, here are a few things you should know first.

Taking it upon yourself to help out after a disaster is admirable, but often it can be hard to know exactly where to go or what to do. Not to mention: finding a hotel room in a community with up to 200,000 people displaced. But there are already several charities organizing volunteer groups from around the country to help remove debris, distribute supplies, and support local organizations.

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Google Street View Adds Japan's Uninhabitable Nuclear Zone

March 29, 2013 at 2:36 PM | by | ()

You guys know that we have this weird love-hate relationship with Google Earth and Google Maps, which have basically become de facto travel technology because of all the insane places that Google has photographed. For a small taste of our ambivalence, see here and here for discussions regarding the phrase "now you can travel without ever leaving the comfort of your home." Has a douchier thing ever been said, anywhere? Travel should—and in a very precise sense, just is—about leaving your home.

That said, there are a couple of places we don't see ourselves traveling to. If Google wants to photograph those and dump them into Earth or Maps, we'll happily indulge ourselves for a few hours (read: days). Cue this news that Google Street View has just added shots of Namie, a city that used to house 21,000 residents but is right in the center of the Japanese nuclear zone created by the earthquake plus tsunami two years ago that destroyed the Fukushima plant.

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How to Help Restore Homes in Haiti Damaged by Hurricane Sandy

Where: Haiti
March 6, 2013 at 4:13 PM | by | ()

With all the focus on the damage Hurricane Sandy caused in the U.S., it's easy to forget that the storm wreaked havoc in other countries, too.

The non-profit organization Haven U.S. is planning a trip to the island of Ile a Vache in Haiti to help restore community buildings and facilities which were destroyed by Hurricane Sandy last October, and they are looking for volunteers to come along.

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How Tourists to NYC Can Help with Hurricane Sandy Relief

November 7, 2012 at 3:43 PM | by | ()

Since Hurricane Sandy hit New York and New Jersey last week, donations have been pouring in and we've been telling you how to contribute to the relief. Still, there's quite a lot of help needed on the ground and it's not jut locals pitching in; tourists are helping out, too.

After last weekend's NYC Marathon was canceled, runners who had traveled to the city from around the world filled backpacks with supplies and dispatched to Staten Island, the Rockaways, and other hard-hit areas to aid in the cleanup. Other visitors to NYC have followed the runners' lead this week by donating their time and money while in town.

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(UPDATED) United Airlines Will Match Donations Up to $50,000 for Hurricane Sandy Relief

October 31, 2012 at 11:39 AM | by | ()

UPDATE 11/01: United has doubled the amount they'll match, from $50,000 to $100,000. Don't forget the bonus miles offer.

Yesterday, United Airlines announced they will be helping out victims of Hurricane Sandy by supporting the American Red Cross, Americares, and Feeding America as they assist those affected by the super storm.

The United Airlines Foundation will match up to $50,000 in donations made by United customers and employees to these organizations.

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How You Can Help the Victims of Yesterday's Tornadoes in Northern Texas

April 4, 2012 at 12:38 PM | by | ()

After more than a dozen tornadoes tore through Northern Texas yesterday, volunteers are already gathering to help remove debris and assist those left homeless by the storms.

The Volunteer Center of North Texas has assembled a Mass Care Task Force, including the American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, the North Texas Food Bank and the Volunteer Center of North Texas.

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How You Can Volunteer to Help Tornado Victims from Kansas to Kentucky

March 7, 2012 at 12:55 PM | by | ()

Tornadoes last week tore through more than 10 states, causing many effected families to wonder how they'll continue on. At the same time, many others are asking what they can do to help.

Disaster relief organizations are setting up in the worst hit communities to begin cleaning up and assisting those in need, and they looking for volunteers.

In Harveyville, Kansas, which was hit by the first round of storms, over 500 volunteers and 55 private contractors are on hand helping to remove debris, but they still need more. The United Way of the Plains is currently coordinating volunteers. You can register to help by e-mail to harveyvilletornado@gmail.com.

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Joplin, MO Still Needs Volunteers to Help with Tornado Cleanup

January 18, 2012 at 3:05 PM | by | ()

Last week the Joplin, MO Convention and Visitors Bureau sparked controversy among residents of the tornado-ravaged town when they launched a new "Tornado Tourism" Map. Visitors can pick up the map, for free, at several local hotels and restaurants to find the best routes through the disaster zone.

The Visitor Bureau Director defended the map after residents called it "tacky" and "insensitive" saying, "We are not actively promoting the tornado, mainly, (the map) is a piece of information. Maybe people will have a reason to give, or put together a volunteer group because there's still a lot of work being done, or even come into town and buy something."

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