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In communities around the world, individuals are responding with support for the Japanese people. In the wake of the earthquake and tsunami on March 11, thousands of Japanese citizens are dead or missing and tens of thousands lack food, shelter and water. Ongoing concerns with nuclear power plants and the release of radiation are adding to the devastation. Our human interconnectedness makes this tragedy hit close to home.

Donate to the Central Community Chest of Japan>>>

The Central Community Chest of Japan, part of the United Way worldwide network, is actively working to meet the immediate needs of the people of Japan and those affected by the disaster through direct relief and recovery efforts. The Central Community Chest of Japan coordinates the Japanese Council for Disaster Relief Project for Volunteers in collaboration with a coalition of Japanese nonprofit organizations. The Central Community Chest of Japan is also working closely with the government, local businesses and other NGOs on the ground response.

Donate to the Central Community Chest of Japan>>>

The Central Community Chest of Japan has promoted national welfare throughout the country for more than 60 years. Central Community Chest of Japan is a national organization with a vast network of local members. There are 47 Prefectural Community Chests, one located in each Prefecture, and there are 2,217 district offices and branch offices located in municipalities throughout the country.


United Way’s Response to the Recent Earthquakes and Tsunamis in Japan and the Pacific

The hearts and minds of the United Way movement around the world are with the people of Japan. With communications disrupted by the disaster, we were finally successful on March 12 in connecting with Central Community Chest of Japan. They are safe, but they have not been able to contact all of the local Community Chests in disaster-stricken areas. Central Community Chest of Japan is convening local Community Chests to create one central fund and are collaborating with government, local businesses and other nonprofits to coordinate response on the ground.

As soon as we have solid information about the central fund, we will immediately provide this information to the United Way network. We are not activating the United Way Worldwide disaster fund but will direct to the local fund. The Community Chest of Korea has already committed $500,000.
Here are the ways we are helping now:

• United Way Worldwide is planning to create an electronic link for the disaster relief fund; stay tuned to this website for more information as it develops;
• For the time being, United Way’s existing International Donor Advised Giving (IDAG) Program provides an immediate opportunity for individuals or organizations wanting to make donations to disaster efforts of greater than $5,000 – click here for more information;
• As there are hidden costs and complications associated with contributions of goods or services, we are discouraging unsolicited product donations;
• Those trying to locate U.S. citizens living or traveling in Japan are directed to contact the U.S. Department of State, Office of Overseas Citizen Services toll free from within the U.S. at +1.888.407.4747, from outside the U.S. at +1.202.647.5225 or on their website

We’ll keep you posted as more information is available and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Tampa Bay residents:  Channel 8, working with United Way of Tampa Bay, has activated 8 ON YOUR SIDE’s phone bank so you can call in this evening and get information on how you can help.  Tune in to WFLA Channel 8 to help.

Thanks, Channel 8 and Florida Communications Group for this community service.

How People Can Help:

(A)    Individuals can make monetary donations online at  These contributions will go directly into the United Way Worldwide Disaster Relief Fund.  You can conveniently use a credit or debit card to make this donation.  Or you may wish to send a check to:

United Way Worldwide
Haiti Disaster Relief
PO Box 630568
Baltimore, Maryland 21263-0568

Make your check payable to United Way Worldwide/Haiti Relief Fund

Individuals may also text a $5 donation by texting HAITI to UNITED (864833).

(B)    Corporate partners and other workplace organizations in the Tampa Bay area are encouraged to contact Afira DeVries at 813-846-8099 or by email at for business donations of any type.

(C)    Individual in-kind donations of materials (clothing, blankets, medicines, etc.) are being managed by United Way’s partnership with AidMatrix.  The web address is ; follow the online procedure to identify your donation.  Please note: Most in-kind donations will not be collected locally and/or be transported to Haiti until rescue and recovery operations are complete.  This may take several days or more while military and rescue efforts are underway.

(D)    Individuals who have an interest in volunteering to assist in local relief efforts are encouraged to contact the following sites:

Red Cross Web Site:
Salvation Army:
Catholic Charities:

Late breaking information will be made available on this blog or you may wish to follow us on Twitter @UWTB.


Donate to recovery efforts in Haiti

Click Here to Donate Now.

On the evening of January 12, 2010, a major 7.0 magnitude earthquake hit Haiti. It is the most powerful quake to hit the impoverished country in more than 200 years. The tremor struck 15km (10 miles) south-west of the capital Port-au-Prince, and was quickly followed by two strong aftershocks of 5.9 and 5.5 magnitude. Reports describe the destruction to affect as much as 70 percent of the buildings, with debris filling the roads making emergency response difficult. The Prime Minister reported on January 13 that hundreds of thousands of lives may have been lost.

You can help people affected by donating to the United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund.

Gifts to the Fund support long-term recovery efforts to rebuild lives and infrastructure devastated by disaster and to address educational, financial and health-related challenges.
United Way Worldwide members in the Caribbean region have mobilized their staff, volunteer leaders and resources in response.

More on our Disaster Relief Effort in the days ahead.  Follow this blog for late breaking information on how you can help.

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