The task force, PDX Relief, launched yesterday!

The task force, PDX Relief, launched yesterday!

On Friday, November 22, 2013, the Portland Emergency Relief Task Force for the Philippines formally launches to continue concerted relief efforts for the victims of the super typhoon that ravaged the Central Philippines on November 8, 2013.

The task force, nicknamed PDX Relief, consists of Filipino American organizations, elected officials, multi-racial, and inter-faith, non-profit organizations, business leaders, and representatives of colleges and universities in the Portland area joined together in response to the severe damage of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda in the Philippines.

Lastly, Commissioner Amanda Fritz of the city of Portland and Representative Joseph Gallegos of District 30 in the Oregon State Legislature have also signed up to be members of PDX Relief as impressive proof of their civic engagement and concern for global humanitarianism.

This historic formation of concerned residents of Portland is a testament to the need for solidarity during times of crisis and devastation. The city of Portland is known for its on-going record of civic engagement and volunteerism at its center. This task force of community members, elected officials, faith-based communities and non-profit organizations echoes Portland’s humanitarian record.


3 responses to “The task force, PDX Relief, launched yesterday!

  1. How do I make a contribution for PDX Relief?

    • Hello Nancy,

      PDX Relief suggests online donations to the reputable organizations below:

      Donations Sites and Resources:

      National Alliance for Filipino Concerns (NAFCON) – US-based organization
      NAFCON will transfer monetary donations to BALSA—Bayanihan Alay sa Sambayanan (Peoples Cooperation for the People)—whose relief efforts are led by all volunteer grassroots and community-driven organizations.

      Catholic Relief Services (CRS – USCC)
      Catholic Relief Services was founded in 1943 by the Catholic Bishops of the United States to assist the poor and disadvantaged outside the country. Working through local offices and an extensive network of partners, CRS operates on 5 continents and in over 90 countries. They aid the poor by first providing direct assistance where needed, then encouraging these people to help with their own development. Together, this fosters secure, productive, just communities that enable people to realize their potential.

      Doctors Without Borders
      Doctors Without Borders delivers medical help to populations endangered by war, civil strife, epidemics or natural disasters. Each year over 2,000 volunteer doctors representing 45 nationalities work worldwide in front-line hospitals, refugee camps, disaster sites, towns and villages providing primary health care, performing surgery, vaccinating children, operating emergency nutrition and sanitation programs and training local medical staff.

      LBC Corp (Free shipping through Nov 30)
      13509 NE Whitaker Way
      Portland, OR 97230
      Contact: Myrna Relos 503.775.6888

      Medical International Teams
      A Christian global health organization, helping people affected by disaster, conflict and poverty in 70 countries. We deliver medical and dental care, humanitarian aid, and holistic development programs to all people in need, regardless of religion, nationality, sex, or race. We respond to disasters around the world—and here at home—by sending teams of volunteer medical professionals and medical supplies to care for the sick and injured. We also mobilize long-term health promotion initiatives, collaborating with established partners within each community to ensure that our programs have a sustainable impact.

      Mercy Corps (MC)
      Nonprofit organization providing emergency relief and supporting development programs in agriculture, economic development, health, housing and infrastructure, and strengthening local organizations.

      Oxfam is a development and relief agency working to end poverty. Oxfam International is a confederation of 12 organizations working together with over 3,000 partners in more than 100 countries to find lasting solutions to poverty, suffering and injustice.

    • Nancy, we also have some upcoming events that you may want to support. Please see the calendar on the “Home” page of this blog.

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