Girl Scouts can officially raise money for Haiti earthquake relief
Girl Scouts of the USA adopts a special rule to allow fundraising efforts
JANUARY 22 2010
From a memo from Kathy Cloninger, National CEO, Girl Scouts of the USA
The outpouring of support for the people of Haiti in the wake of the devastating earthquake last week has been remarkable, and Girl Scouts across the country have pitched in to help in many different ways. We know, however, that after natural disasters like these, sending funds is often the best way to help.
Given the catastrophic events in Haiti, the Executive Committee unanimously adopted, and the National Board this morning ratified, the following:
THAT the Executive Committee of Girl Scouts of the USA’s National Board of Directors, on the National Board’s behalf, adopts a special rule of order to allow girl members to engage in activities, which may include the direct solicitation of money, from January 14 through September 8, 2010, to support emergency relief for the January 12 earthquake disaster in Haiti. Monies raised shall be contributed only to organizations on the approved list of agencies (listed below); additions to the list shall be approved by the National President and CEO of Girl Scouts of the USA.
This now makes it possible for our girls to raise much needed funds for relief efforts in Haiti. Please take note that the money our girls raise can be contributed only to those agencies on the list below. Much of Haiti is in ruins and a second major earthquake struck the country on Wednesday. The loss of life and suffering has been heartbreaking. I hope that this action by the National Board will serve as yet another opportunity for all of us as a Movement to do what we can to help the people of Haiti in their time of need.
The American Red Cross
The American Red Cross is accepting donations through its International Response Fund.
Pan American Development Foundation
The foundation is encouraging people to donate through its Web site at
UNICEF requests donations for relief for children in Haiti via their Haiti Earthquake Fund. You can also call 1-800-4UNICEF.
You can donate to online at Oxfam America at www.oxfamamerica.org.
Save The Children
Save the Children has launched an emergency relief effort for Haiti,
Donate online, call 1-888-256-1900 or send checks to:
Mercy Corps Haiti Earthquake Fund
PO Box 2669
Portland, OR 97208
Doctors Without Borders
Doctors Without Borders has set up clinics to treat people in Haiti. Donate to Doctors
- The UN World Food Programme
The UN World Food Programme is gathering all available resources to deliver
food to the recently homeless and impoverished in Haiti. Donations can be
made through www.wfp.org/donate/haiti
CARE is deploying emergency team members to Port-au-Prince to assist in recovery
efforts. It’s focusing its efforts on rescuing children who may still be trapped in schools
that collapsed. Donate to CARE
- The International Rescue Committee
The International Rescue Committee is deploying an emergency response team to Haiti.
Donate to the IRC Haiti Crisis Fund.
- World Vision
World Vision has more 370 staff members in the Haiti. Donate to World Vision.
- United Nations Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF)
This fund is used for emergencies like the earthquake in Haiti. Donate online.
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