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Humanity Road Volunteers Paying It Forward
In 2010, Humanity Road responded to 72 events at a cost that averages to about $46 an event; less than many pay for a tank of gas. How is a small nonprofit able to make such a difference on a tiny budget? The key is a dedicated team of volunteers.
In all, seventy-three volunteers from thirteen countries and seventeen states within the USA contributed thousands of volunteer hours supporting disaster response for fifty three events and three disaster drills. This support was delivered online in the form of public service announcements in social media. Volunteers also assisted with identifying urgent needs, relaying local guidance during an event, as well curating critical information within online databases and crowdmaps. Major events supported during 2010 include the Haiti Earthquake, Hurricane Agatha and a subsequent Volcano eruption in May in Central America, the Gulf Coast oil spill, last September’s earthquake in Christchurch New Zealand, and disaster drills including San Diego Viz Center’s Exercise 24 and the UN OCHA sponsored Bogota, Colombia drill as part of the Standby Task Force.
These volunteers are dedicated humanitarians who are tenacious and skilled at connecting people in need with those who can help. “Having disaster strike your home town is debilitating,”
In honor of National Volunteer Week, Humanity Road recognizes the efforts of volunteers including those who have firsthand experience with catastrophic disasters and who are now paying it forward. Leesa Astredo, a native of New Orleans, has contributed thousands of hours of volunteer service in the years since her home town was impacted by Hurricane Katrina. In 2010, Leesa helped to provide vital information to victims of the Haiti earthquake and other major disasters. She also launched an online encyclopedia of disaster information called www.info4disasters.com. Simone Coutinho joined Humanity Road after catastrophic mudslides struck Brazil in 2010. Simone used her online research and disaster communication skills to assist victims of a massive blizzard this past winter in Chicago. “They bring immeasurable value in understanding and empathy, as they know firsthand what challenges people are facing” added Catherine.
Through skilled and self-directed work teams, Humanity Road and its network of global volunteers aim to provide the public and disaster response agencies worldwide with timely and accurate aid information needed in times of crisis. For more information or to download a copy of the annual report, visit www.humanityroad.org. Humanity Road, Inc. is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation.
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A global volunteer disaster response organization using Internet and mobile device technology to educate the public by delivering critical preparedness and recovery information before, during and after disaster.