Here at AtmoLife, we recognize that the extreme forces of Mother Nature that we deeply admire often bring heartbreaking side effects to communities across the globe. Because our passion intersects with this tragedy, we feel compelled to lend a hand to our fellow humans impacted by catastrophe. Below is a list of charities that provide disaster relief services to recently impacted communities. We encourage everyone to click the links and check out these charities for yourselves!
(UPDATE – 10/14/16: Many of the links are currently set to Hurricane Matthew relief funds in Haiti, Jamaica, Cuba, and the United States. Most of these programs also have funds for relief from other disasters as well as additional programs. The Weather Channel has also compiled their own list of charities with specific Hurricane Matthew relief programs. We encourage you to check that out as well!)
American Red Cross (redcross.org) – “No one else does this: not the government, not other charities. From small house fires to multi-state natural disasters, the American Red Cross goes wherever we’re needed, so people can have clean water, safe shelter and hot meals when they need them most.”
Build Change (buildchange.org) – “Build Change saves lives in earthquakes and typhoons. Our mission is to greatly reduce deaths, injuries and economic losses caused by housing and school collapses due to earthquakes and typhoons in emerging nations.”
Heifer International (heifer.org) – “Though we cannot predict where the next disaster will strike, our Community Managed Disaster Risk Reduction (CMDRR) training helps families prepare for the worst.”
International Red Cross and Red Crescent (ifrc.org) – “The Red Cross and Red Crescent aims to respond to disasters as rapidly and effectively as possible, by mobilizing its resources (people, money and other assets) and using its network in a coordinated manner so that the initial effects are countered and the needs of the affected communities are met.”
Salvation Army (salvationarmyusa.org) – “Your steadfast support allows The Salvation Army to provide food, shelter, emotional and spiritual care, and other forms of emergency assistance to disaster survivors and rescue workers.”
Samaritan’s Purse (samaritanspurse.org) – “Samaritan’s Purse is a nondenominational evangelical Christian organization providing spiritual and physical aid to hurting people around the world. Since 1970, Samaritan’s Purse has helped meet needs of people who are victims of war, poverty, natural disasters, disease, and famine with the purpose of sharing God’s love through His Son, Jesus Christ. The organization serves the church worldwide to promote the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ.”
UNICEF (unicef.org) – “Founded in 1946 to help children suffering in the aftermath of World War II, UNICEF provides children and families with disaster relief whenever emergencies strike. Every year, UNICEF responds to more than 250 emergencies—from conflicts to natural disasters.”
World Vision (worldvision.org) – “More than 90 percent of natural disaster-related deaths occur in developing countries, where poverty and lack of resources exacerbate the suffering. We work in many of these countries, preparing for disasters before they happen, and responding quickly when they do.”
Know of a disaster relief charity not listed here? Tell us about it, and we’ll add it!