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General information on what you can do, where ever you are

Simple things you can do right now!

There are many small things you can do that will have an impact and you can start now

Please select 1 particular group doing specific projects you believe in before you give any money or other support. See the list of groups doing relief work in Tohoku in other entries on this site. There are many other groups but there are also some scam sites. Get some more ideas about what you can do http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wFZRoHjG_cs&feature=related

Select 1 specific group will make it easier to promote giving for a specific need.  In general, people are more likely to give to “X NGO EQ relief support fund” than to a general “EQ relief fund”. Please PR accordingly. If you need advice on orgs – visit the other pages or contact me!

1. Teachers overseas or just away from the disaster area
Having your students make cards or drawings for the survivors can really help by bringing a smile to people’s faces. Spend a week in your school on an art project to raise the hopes and spirits of people in need of comfort, Consider how the small efforts of a child can have an impact!

2. In your workplace: Simple Fundraising
Contact the CSR dept or volunteer committee.
Set up a matching gifts campaign in your company and find local businesses to support. We need to support the restart of local businesses and shopping districts.

3. In your workplace, school, local hang out or with friends: Collection box for cash donations:
Select 1 particular town that needs your help and the group involved in a recovery project there.  (Please list of groups doing relief work in Tohoku) and put out a box in your shop or workplace. Encourage people you know who have a restaurant or bar to do the same.For the box please label it very clearly with information such as:

  • the name of the organization you are giving the money (BAJ, for example)
  • the campaign (Tohoku/Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, for example)
  • a simple appeal with a simple ask (ABC restaurant asks all customers to help by giving at least 500 yen to help people in Ishinomaki develop a new community center for example)
  • name and contact information for the person in charge and the URL for the organizations you support (Ask Mary for more information about BAJ, for example)

* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

4. In your class room or workplace: DRIVES: Collection box for items
Needed items: only focus on gathering items that are in need. We want people to get the economy going by buying local goods from local shops.
If there is something people need and you decide to sent it –  you are going to be responsible for all transport costs.
For the appeal and box

  • please be clear on what you are gathering(for example: blankets and men’s warm clothing including jackets but no suits, )
  • the name of the organization you are giving the money (for example Second Harvest)
  • the campaign (for example: Tohoku Earthquake )
  • a simple appeal with a simple ask (for example: ADC Bank asks all staff to help by donating at least 3 cans of food to help Second Harvest support people in Minami-Soma)
  • name and contact information for the person in charge and the URL for the organizations you support

* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

5. In your class room:
If you are a teacher or a student (talk to your teacher )
* have class on the EQ focusing on what we can do

  • After talking about the impacts of the EQ and tsunami, develop a concrete list of  needs people have.
  • Introduce some organizations helping the people.
  • Encourage students to get involved by letting them brainstorm a big list of things they can do to help.
  • Then let the kids decide what they want to do as a group: have an event to raise money, sell chocolate to raise money, etc.

6. With friends or co-workers Have a party
– big or small, in a restaurant or in your home, in a club or event at a cafe
Ask everyone to make a donation and /or do a raffle of even joke items to make it entertaining. There are many possibilities of what you can do without it seeming like an event that is too fun and making light of the situation.
Select 1 group or project and have the information available at the event so people know what they are giving to.
* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

7. ANYPLACE ANYONE ANY TIME => Cash donations
– see the other pages on donations in Japan and overseas.

Everyone has a role to play: examples of things other people are doing

Ramen relief
http://ivanramen.blogspot.com/.

Father and son team cut hair
http://www.nytimes.com/imagepages/2011/03/26/world/jp-26refugee.html

Got a story to share? share it with me and we can share it with the world.

 

3 responses to “Action

  1. selena

    March 15, 2011 at 9:05 am

    Hey Sarajean – thanks for this. I’ve posted it on my blog and on Facebook, and it’s already been passed around by several of my friends.

    -selena-
    (from the last few terms at TUJ)

     
  2. Tami Maxwell

    March 16, 2011 at 2:35 am

    Hello Sarajeanr,

    I am an American in California. I have been looking on the internet for ways to help Japan. I have given financially, but want my teenagers to get involved and make a difference at school. What can my daughter do at her school to help the Japanese survivors? A blanket drive? A bake sale? She’s president of Youth Act…a club that raises money and awareness for those in need.
    Can they put together higiene kits?

    Blessings,
    Tami Maxwell

     
  3. sarajeanr

    April 1, 2011 at 3:20 pm

    thanks so much!

     

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