Monday, January 18, 2010

Project HOPE volunteers come through to help Haiti

Dr. Martin Luther King once said "An individual has not started living until he can rise above the narrow confines of his individualistic concerns to the broader concerns of all humanity." I cannot help thinking of this quote as I watch the aid and relief continue to pour into Haiti. Yes, there is a lot of work to do and the people of Haiti continue to suffer but we cannot dismiss that the world seems to have risen beyond the confines of their individualistic concerns to address the problems of the people of Haiti.

As the images of Haiti continue to stream in people across the U.S. desperately want to know what they can do to help. All you have to do is take a look at the various social networks to see people are putting together fundraisers, asking their friends to donate, if they can't donate why not lend a hand packing emergency kits etc. Everyone has come together to try to do their part knowing any little bit of help could mean saving the life of someone's child, mother, father, sister or brother.

At Project HOPE we are having the same reactions from our donors, partners, and volunteers. Over the last week we have received thousands of phone calls and emails. Medical professionals from across the U.S. want to know where they can sign-up to volunteer. Over a 1,000 of them are ready to go, all patiently waiting for us to tell them where and when. Every time Project HOPE asks for volunteers these medical professionals come through, leaving the comforts of home, their loved ones, and their jobs, looking beyond their individualistic concerns to do what they can in some of the most trying and sometimes dangerous conditions. Since 1958 many great people have come through our organization to lend a hand and Project HOPE would not be the organization it is now without our volunteers.

In remembrance of the the late Martin Luther King and as a new group awaits its orders to depart for Haiti we would like to thank all our volunteers, partners, and donors for doing their part to address the broader concerns of all humanity.

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