Portlight Disaster Relief

2011 Wrap Up and WU Appeal for Africa

By: Portlight, 2:22 AM GMT on November 28, 2011


From Jeff Master's blog:

At least thirteen million people in East Africa are in need of food aid. Weather Underground has partnered with the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to help the Horn of Africa region during the ongoing famine. With the help of the Weather Underground community, we hope to raise $10,000 that will go toward helping the refugees survive the crisis. Weather Underground will match the community's donation dollar-for-dollar up to $10,000 for a total donation of $20,000. Please visit the International Rescue Committee donation page to help out. Ninety cents of every dollar donated goes directly to the people in need.


2011 Wrap Up

It has been another busy year for us. And, thanks to your continued support, we have been able make a big difference for unserved, under served and forgotten people in the wakes of several natural disasters.

We began the year still engaged in Haiti. Our Christmas in Haiti project was well received by the youngsters at Quisqueya. And we continued to advocate for safe accessible shelter for people there. We spent over a year working in Haiti...and are grateful to all of you for making our work there possible. There is still much to be done in Haiti. But much progress has been made. And there are signs of hope there that things may slowly be getting better for the people of Haiti.

In January, we were able to provide financial and logistical help to people with disabilities after the Great Japan Earthquake. We were supportive of several DPO's (Disabled Peoples' Organizations) who were working there to provide shelter and mobility to survivors. This was a very complex situation. It was a multi-dimensional disaster. And there were cultural hurdles to overcome. But we are proud to have been a meaningful part of serving people with disabilities there.

The Spring tornadoes gave us other opportunities to serve. And clearly illustrated the incredible power of our grassroots movement.

As usual, y'all came out of the woodwork to help those suffering in Alabama, Georgia, North Carolina...and, of course, Joplin, MO. Portlight volunteers and contributors came together to deliver supplies, food...and provide financial assistance...to to survivors in all these areas.

We also partnered with other organizations to help with cleanup efforts. And we worked with shelter operators to ensure shelter accessibility to people with disabilities.

After Hurricane Irene struck the East Coast, we again deployed to help. We worked in North Carolina, Delaware and Maryland on cleanup efforts, food and supply distribution...as well as providing financial assistance to survivors. We also provided financial support for a commercial fisherwoman and single mother of two who lost her boat and home in the storm...after having been diagnosed with breast cancer two days before Irene struck.

The Portlight Relief Trailer got quite a lot of use this year. And covered quite a lot of territory. We want to thank our sponsors, The Christopher and Dana Foundation and Weather Underground, Inc., for their support of our work. Their faith in our efforts has enabled us to extend our reach and expand our scope.

This year Portlight has emerged as an important voice on the issue of shelter accessibility for people with disabilities. We plan to spend more time and energy in the near future working directly with shelter operators to ensure that minimal standards of accessibility are met so all may be served.

We are a true grassroots movement...and everything we do is dependent upon our community of supporters. Whether you make a financial contribution, volunteer to drive a truck, agree to work on the website and social media, offer prayers and good wishes....whatever you do, YOU are integral to our efforts. It's an amazing story...and your part in it makes it possible.

Because of your generosity, we are consistently able to make big differences in the lives of those who most need help.

You can use the PayPal button at our website (and above) www.portlight.org

or checks can be mailed to:

Portlight Strategies, Inc.
60 Fenwick Hall Allee #721
Johns Island, SC 29455

Thank you!!

Updated: 7:35 PM GMT on December 19, 2011


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