On Tuesday afternoon, Haiti was hit with the most powerful earthquake ever recorded on the island. The quake of at least 7.0 magnitude has devastated much of the capital, Port-au-Prince, as well as having an immense impact on the rest of the island. The Red Cross has estimated that about 3 million people--one-third of Haiti's population--were affected by the quake, with an untold number of people injured and killed by collapsed buildings and homes.
A catastrophe of this magnitude requires everybody's help.
SEIU is home to a large Haitian population with family members directly impacted by this disaster, and we're going to do everything we can to ease suffering and help the survivors get past this tragedy. Our union is developing a relief initiative, Help Haiti, to direct donations from our members, our locals and the general public to effective respite and aid organizations, once a needs assessment has been completed. At the same time, SEIU Healthcare members--nurses, personal care assistants, doctors--are mobilizing to determine the types of direct support needed by the people of Haiti, as well as recruiting healthcare workers for possible deployment once more information is known.
Ways you can help:
- SEIU's relief initiative, Help Haiti, will direct donations from our members, our locals and the general public to effective respite and aid organizations, once a needs assessment has been completed.
- Donate to Partners in Health (PIH), which you can do online here. You can also call 1-800-REDCROSS to donate.
- The Red Cross is also allowing mobile donations towards Haiti relief--just text the word HAITI to 90999 to donate $10, and the charge will simply show up on your next phone bill.