With most disasters like Haiti everyone wants to help but doesn’t know how. The Red Cross text campaign has worked really well to raise immediate funds but the internet is also atwitter with people wanting to volunteer in Haiti. Is this a good idea? Is money more valuable right now than a bunch of unskilled volunteers getting in the way? Or does Haiti just need bodies right now to help with food distribution and maybe some foreigners to be there showing compassion?
I say keep the volunteers that aren’t especially skilled (doctors, nurses) should stay at home and have them send money to the organizations on the ground that can really get the job done. What do you think?
What has your organization done in response? I found this article from Peter Greenberg to really helpful, maybe consider passing it on to people calling you asking what they can do: How to Help Haiti