Kate Weber is the Director of UNICEF USA’s NGO department.
Entering through a Brooklyn storefront church and descending a narrow staircase to a basement room, I recently attended my second meeting with Local 1181 MEMBERS FOR CHANGE.
This is a Rank and File organization made up of New York City and Long Island regular school bus drivers, assistant drivers, escorts, mechanics, cleaners, fuelers, and Access-A-Ride drivers and escorts for the disabled. More than 35% of 1181′s membership are Haitian or of Haitian descent and thus many members had family immediately impacted by the devastating earthquake in Haiti January 12.
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|Warren Zaugg and 1181 Members for Change present a donation to US Fund for UNICEF representative Kate Weber during a ceremony filmed by the local ABC affiliate.
One gentleman told me that his sister had to lose her leg because of the catastrophe. The local was one of the first groups to rally in support of UNICEF’s emergency relief efforts for the children of Haiti, providing over $12,500 in contributions through 1181 Credit Union as well as from individual donations.
During the meeting I shared how their support of UNICEF’s work had enabled the distribution of medicines, surgical kits, therapeutic foods, tents, tarplins and safe drinking water and how UNICEF was working with a local Haitian organization that trains young people who will build much needed latrines to meet the sanitation needs of Haiti’s families. Building the nation’s capacity, whenever possible, is the focus of UNICEF’s “build back better” emergency reconstruction program.
Every day, more than 24,000 children die — and they don’t have to. UNICEF is doing whatever it takes to get that number to zero.
You can help by running for Team UNICEF in the ING New York City Marathon. Money you raise will give children the clean water, food, medicines, vaccines, and protection they need to survive.
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|Kirsten Sheldon, Ryu Mizuno (Team UNICEF runner), Jenner Pascua (Team UNICEF runner) and Rachael Swanson at the finish line of the 2009 ING New York City Marathon.
UNICEF has saved more children’s lives than any humanitarian organization in the world. Be part of our winning team — make zero your finish line.
Apply to join the 2010 Team UNICEF today. For other volunteer opportunities, please visit our Online Volunteer Center.
The UNICEF Tap Project is “Dine + Donate + Do Your Part.”
There are many ways to Do Your Part. Sure, you can register as a volunteer, or make a donation, but how about attending an event near you? For a list of local events, please visit our events map.
In addition, our City Coordinators are hosting UNICEF Tap Project launch parties in the following five cities:
New York City
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We’ve received overwhelming support from our volunteers wanting to take action to support the relief efforts in Haiti. Did you know that becoming a volunteer for the UNICEF Tap Project is another way that you can help?
Haiti was a recipient of 2009 UNICEF Tap Project funds, and has already been designated as a recipient for 2010 UNICEF Tap Project campaign funds. UNICEF’s emergency response will provide short-term water and sanitation relief, while 2010 UNICEF Tap Project funds will help rebuild Haiti’s already insufficient water and sanitation infrastructure over the long-run. To read about how UNICEF Tap Project funds have already helped the children of Haiti, click here.
New York’s political community quickly came together to show solidarity and support for the people of Haiti. At a Friday night fundraiser elected officials helped raise more than $100,000 for Haiti relief and recovery efforts. All of the proceeds were donated to UNICEF. The evening’s event was organized by Manhattan Borough President Scott M. Stringer, The Haitian Roundtable, National Ethnic Coalition of Organizations and Fernando Mateo, and was well attended by caring New Yorkers and the members of the media.
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