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relief for Typhoon Ondoy pt. 2

September.30.2009
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thank you to everyone who has contributed to relief efforts for victims of typhoon ondoy/ketsana! from personal efforts, i have managed to raise $300 towards our organizational goal of $500! due to the overwhelmingly positive response to the efforts, we have raised our target goal to $1000 by the end of the week. please keep your donations coming!

part 2 of the relief efforts is also to also solicit for material donations. please read more about donating goods below.

lastly, if you’re free this SATURDAY NIGHT — swing by MILK in sf for a benefit party!

Last night a group of Bay Area community folks—everyone from church groups, activist groups, community centers, student organizations, home care workers organizers, teachers, bank employees, SF city government workers, women’s organizers, CA State Assembly representatives, etc.—came together at the Daly City United Methodist Church to coordinate our Ondoy relief efforts. This loose collaborative quickly agreed that…

  • We as Bay Area Organizations and Individuals want to support each of our existing grassroots relief initiatives but agree that if we coordinate our efforts we can have more of an impact. We feel the need to differentiate our efforts from larger, governmental and corporate efforts to emphasize the importance of everyday people helping out as best they can.
  • We want to make sure that our relief goods directly reach the victims of Ondoy based on legitimate concerns of poor distribution, misappropriation or corruption on the part of the Philippine government and some relief agencies. Our combined efforts are meant to be responsible relief effort where we underscore the importance of accountability to show that our efforts actually reach those most affected by Ondoy.
  • There are 8 million Filipinos living outside of the Philippines, 4 million living here in the USA, and 2 million living in California alone. Just because we aren’t currently living in the Philippines does not mean we aren’t connected to what’s happening there. In fact, we’re very concerned for our families, friends, and kababayan back home, and this relief effort is an expression of our Bay Area community’s concern for the people of the Philippines.
  • We want to the spread word about MIGRANTE International, an international alliance of migrant organizations based in the Philippines, who some of us are donating to, especially because they are offering the service of reconnecting people here with family members who they may have lost contact with due to evacuation or relocation.
  • In October, some of us through GABRIELA USA have an already-planned trip to the Philippines. In light of Ondoy, they will turn the trip into a partial relief mission to do direct relief as well as make sure donations from the Bay Area that we send actually reached those who were most in need.

With all that said, we could really use the support in collecting the following for donation to various relief efforts in the Philippines. (Listed in general order of priority.)

0) Balikbayan Boxes (to send our donations in; we will be working with Manila Forwarders in San Francisco who have graciously agreed to send the boxes for free)

1) Money – While we understand some have difficulty accepting this reality, it’s unfortunately the most flexible for those doing the relief work on-the-ground in the Philippines to get the supplies they need the most, especially when you consider your $$$ can buy more medicine and food, for example, than we can buy here and send over.

2) Medical Supplies (over-the-counter, first aid kits, bandages, medical equipment)

3) Food (dried, canned)

4) Blankets & Clothing (no heavy winter clothes please, in consideration of the generally warm tropical climate in the Philippines)

5) Basic Office / School Supplies (for relief efforts, replacements for destroyed school materials)

6) Toys / Kids Comfort Items

We’re still getting some details together, but as published in the SF Chronicle yesterday (http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/29/MNVF19UH5S.DTL&tsp=1), you can drop off donations to…

Filipino Community Center
Monday through Friday, 9:00-6:00 pm
4681 Mission St., San Francisco.

Liwanag Kultural Center
Monday, Thursday, Friday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Wednesday, 3:30-8:30
Sunday 6:00-9:00 pm

222 Lausanne Ave. @ Hillside Park Clubhouse, Daly City

Asian Pacific Islander Youth Promoting Advocacy & Leadership
Attn: Armael Malinis, AnakBayan-East Bay

Monday through Friday, 9:00-6:00 pm
310 Eighth St., suite 215, Oakland.

United Methodist Church
Monday through Friday, 9:00-6:00 pm
474 Southgate Ave., Daly City.

Filipino Youth Coalition & Filipino Community Support
Monday through Friday, 9:00-6:00 pm
Corner of Kenesta Way and Clarice Drive, San Jose.

Valley Faith United Methodist Church
1251 Sandia Ave., Sunnyvale.

More details, drop-off locations, and fundraisers to come.

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