Fulton County‚Äôs Volunteer Fulton is collecting funds from employees and residents to aid in the Haiti relief effort on behalf of CARE, an international relief organization headquartered in Fulton County.¬†
Fulton County employees and residents have already contributed¬†over $3,000 in donations to the effort.¬† At its January 20 meeting, the Fulton County Board of Commissioners and staff observed a moment of silence in honor of the disaster in Haiti.
CARE is continuing to rush aid and emergency team members to Haiti following the 7.0 magnitude earthquake that struck the impoverished country on Tuesday, January 12. The capital city is in ruins. Most of the buildings have collapsed, including hospitals, homes and schools. Approximately 3 million people have been affected by the disaster. Additional damage occurred following severe after shocks.
Estimates of the dead range from 50,000-200,000 people, and many more have lost their homes in the most powerful quake ever recorded in the country ‚Äď the poorest in the Western Hemisphere.
CARE has nearly 140 staff on the ground distributing water packets, food and more aid in Haiti right now.¬† Based on preliminary estimates, CARE has established the Haiti Emergency Response Fund, with a goal of raising $10 million to support CARE‚Äôs multi-year response to provide immediate relief and longer-term rehabilitation. Donations will help address the needs of the survivors of this unprecedented disaster.¬† Donate through Volunteer Fulton today to help in the relief effort. Your gift will help save lives.¬†
Donations are being accepted at Fulton County Government Center (141 Pryor Street, Suite 3090) and at all Atlanta-Fulton Public Libraries in the form of cash or check.¬†¬†Checks should be made payable to CARE and should include ‚ÄúHaiti Relief Fund‚ÄĚ in the memo section.¬†
For more information or to learn how you can become involved with Volunteer Fulton community projects, please call (404) 612-7308.