Support for Hurricane Matthew

10/27/2016
We at the Charitable Foundation of the Energy Bar Association (CFEBA) know how generous the EBA membership has been in providing relief in response to disasters and energy-related needs worldwide.  In response to the devastation in Haiti and the Southeastern US wrought by Hurricane Matthew, the CFEBA is connecting EBA Members with charitable organizations that are on the ground providing relief to residents of the hardest hit areas.  
 
We have all seen the horrific images from Haiti in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  Matthew was the strongest storm to hit Haiti in a half a century, a Category 4 hurricane that tore through the small Caribbean country and left more than 800 people dead and tens of thousands homeless in its wake.  Survivors now face a Cholera epidemic due to a lack of clean drinking water, and are in desperate need of basic provisions such as shelter, food and water, and electricity.
 
In the US, while the death toll was much lower, Hurricane Matthew and resulting flooding triggered mass evacuations from Florida through Georgia and into South Carolina and North Carolina.  Damage to homes and communities is widespread and the danger from flooding has not yet fully subsided in some areas.
If you would like to donate to relief efforts, below are several options:
 
American Red Cross:  Help people affected by Hurricane Matthew in the US by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word MATTHEW to 90999 to make a $10 donation (charges will appear on your wireless bill, or be deducted from your prepaid balance). 
 
International Red Cross:    The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) and its members have undertaken a large relief operation in Haiti, recently shipping 35 tons of aid including emergency food kits, hygiene kits, tarpaulins, tools for communities to repair their homes, jerrycans, buckets and water purification sachets to help stop the spread of cholera and other diseases.  To support these efforts in Haiti, donations to IFRC can be made here
 
UNICEF:  UNICEF estimates that nearly 900,000 children have been impacted by Matthew and its dangerous aftermath.  Donations to UNICEF aid relief efforts can be made here
 
Support for Linemen:  Power outages were widespread after the hurricane swept up the coastal southeastern United States, and line workers from utilities up and down the eastern seaboard mobilized to restore power.  At our Spring Gala, CFEBA honored linemen as a profession to recognize their skills, courage and dedication, putting their lives at risk every day and sacrificing valuable time away from their families to keep the lights on for the rest of us, oftentimes in hazardous conditions like Matthew and its aftermath.  Support linemen and their families with a donation to the National Sisterhood United for Journeyman Linemen, an organization dedicated to assisting fallen or injured IBEW Journeymen Linemen, Utility Linemen, Apprentice Linemen, Groundmen, Operators , LCTT and/or their spouses and minor children.     
 
EBA Members who seek other options for charitable donations to support relief efforts can also give to these charities listed on the Center for International Disaster Assistance website. 
 
While the storm is over, and the news cycle may have moved on, the suffering in Haiti and the Southeastern US continues.  When in the past the CFEBA has called upon EBA members to support relief efforts, the response was overwhelming. We hope that you will again help make a difference where relief is so desperately needed.