Japan EQ: What can I do? Part 2 Small things to do now

PART 2 
There are many small things you can do that will have an impact and you can start now

Simple things to do right now!
But first ... for any of these please select 1 particular group to support.
Please see the list of groups doing relief work in Tohoku in other entries on this site. It will be updated regularly. There are many other groups but there are also some scam sites.
I only refer people to sites and organizations that i have found to be reliable. I suggest giving directly to specific organizations doing work on the ground to guarantee the money and good go directly to relief efforts. There are also many general funds and hub sites but selecting 1 specific group does make it easier if you are going to have an event or promote a specific need.  In general, people are more likely to give to a specific “X NGO EQ relief support fund” than to a general “EQ relief fund”. Please PR your actions accordingly.

If you need advice on orgs – contact me!
* Let me state for the record that I am not financially connected personally to any of these groups.

1. With co-workers or with friends: Blood donations:
The Japan Red Cross is in need of all blood types. You can look online www.jrc.or.jp/for specific sites but they seem to be over whelmed right now.
The Japan Red Cross is always looking for donations in the Yurakucho (near the big muji shop) and Shinjuku (near matsumoto kiyoshi) blood donation sites. Please look for the signs listing the blood type needs.
* If you see others that are open weekends and evenings, please contact me and i will add this information.

Please note The Japan Red Cross is asking people not to tie up their lines with calls about donating blood or volunteering

2. In your workplace: Simple Fundraising
Contact the CSR dept or volunteer committee.
Set up a matching gifts campaign or donation program with your company
You can do this anywhere – but please select an organization first.

3. In your workplace, school, local hang out or with friends:  Collection box for cash donations:
Select 1 particular group (please see this list of groups doing relief work in Tohoku on this site) and out out a box in your shop or workplace. Encourage people you know who have a restaurant or bar to do the same.

For the box please label it very clearly with information such as:
  • the name of the organization you are giving the money (JEN, for example)  
  • the campaign (Tohoku/Japan Earthquake Relief Fund, for example)
  • a simple appeal with a simple ask (ABS school encourages all students to help by giving at least 500 yen to help people in Tohoku, for example) 
  • name & contact information for the person in charge and the URL for the organizations you support
* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

4. In your class room or workplace: DRIVES: Collection box for items
Needed items: non-perishable food, blankets, warm clothing, tampons, diapers and medical supplies
Select 1 org or item first and then start collecting. Keep in mind that in Japan you are going to be responsible for all transport costs.
You can do this anywhere – but please select an organization first.

For the appeal and box
  • please be clear on what you are gathering(for example: blankets and men's warm clothing including jackets but no suits, )
  • the name of the organization you are giving the money (for example good neighbors) 
  • the campaign (for example: Tohoku Earthquake Relief Fund) 
  • a simple appeal with a simple ask (for example: ADC Bank asks  all staff to help by giving at least 1000 yen worth of canned food to help people in Tohoku)
  • name & contact information for the person in charge and the URL for the organizations you support
* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.
5. In your class room:
If you are a teacher or a student (talk to your teacher )
=> have class on the EQ focusing on what we can do
After talking about the impacts of the EQ and tsunami, develop a concrete list of  needs people have.
Introduce some organizations helping the people.
Encourage students to get involved by letting them brainstorm a big list of things they can do to help.
Then let the kids decide what they want to do as a group: have an event to raise money, have a drive to get items to send to a group helping people, sell chocolate to raise money, etc.

6. With friends or co-workers Have a party
– big or small, in a restaurant or in your home, in a club or event at a cafe
Ask everyone to make a donation and /or do a raffle of even joke items to make it entertaining.
Many possible creative ideas for how to do this with out it seeming like an event that is too fun and making light of the situation!
Again select 1 group and have their information available at the event so people know what they are giving to.
* If you can get pamphlets or brochures or print out something from the orgs website to show they are a real and legit organization.

7. ANYPLACE ANYONE Cash donations – see below.
Revised listing will be coming out on Sunday night.

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