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August 19, 2004

Strengthen The Good In Florida

1 September 2005 Update: If you've found this page because you're looking to help with Katrina relief, or because you're looking for a matching donation program, please visit our Matching The Good: Katrina Relief page. We're matching donations up to a total of $1,000 with a donation to the Red Cross 2005 Hurricane fund. If you'd like to join in the match challenge (helping us up the match to more than $1,000) through a donation of your own, please email me at alan at strengthenthegood dot com. Thanks.

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[NOTE: If you're coming to this post from an external link and are a blogger, the concept is to create a network of bloggers who raise awareness of “micro charities”—charitable opportunities that are simple, personal, non-bureaucratic, and inspiring. Charitable opportunities where someone can feel great about giving $1, or even just from reading the story of the charity, it’s sponsors, and it’s beneficiaries.

I’ll find them, if you’ll link to them. All I ask is that you please consider joining our network. Read more on the main page, or go here to join right away and help us strengthen the good. Thanks.]

[NOTE 2: I've moved this post to the top of the page as there's updated information about how to offer general help until we post our Charley micro-charity. Thanks.]

We are getting many requests at Command Post for how to help people in Florida. I and others are working as you read this to locate a “micro-charity” in the area that fits with the mission of this site: local charities with a personal face, with very little or no overhead, where the story of the organizers and beneficiaries are inspiring, and where $1 can make a difference.

I’m afraid that with Charley, we’ll have many choices.

Until we can select a single person or group, however, there are things people can do in the interim to offer relief to the region, and I’ve posted some initial sources here as an interim step.

Thanks for working to strengthen the good.

More sources to contact if you’re in the area:

Posted by Alan at August 19, 2004 04:12 PM

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Comments

It's important to note that the best immediate help are tangible items such as water and food stuffs. Several Publix Supermarkets in Florida have put up collection areas that will transport all doantions of food and other necessities to the affected areas.

Some resident are goingto be without power and running water for 4 to 6 weeks, thus, potable water is a must to have and also any outdoor cooking implements.

Also super important is mosquito repellant. It's August in Florida after heavy rains. Mosquitos will become a major health risk within the next week or so.

Posted by: Val Prieto at August 15, 2004 11:06 AM