And so we all know about the devastating earthquake in Haiti, and we are all affected.
One of my colleagues at BARCC is from Haiti; his outreach community is the local Haitian community, and it's thanks to him that we now offer services in Creole. He was one of the facilitators of my volunteer training, and he's part of the outreach group I'm in now that I work there. He is... above all else, a tremendously kind and graceful man.
His family and his wife's family are still in Haiti. And as of late this afternoon, they have not heard from them.
Here's how to help.
I encourage you to do your research when selecting a charity; I have issues with the Red Cross, United Way, and Salvation Army, for example, but I heartily recommend Doctors Without Borders, for example, and I've heard that Yele is giving 100% of donations to disaster relief and not skimming off the top for "administrative funds" like the United Way does.
So find a charity and give what you can. And please spare a thought for my colleague and his family, and for everyone in Haiti who is injured, homeless...
Agh. Just. Do what you can. Do everything you can. And keep an eye on the situation.