Kilauea’s Erupting—How Can I Help?
It’s June 4, 2018 and people around the globe are watching the activity of Kilauea Volcano, Hawaii island, which, as one person who was losing their home to advancing lava described it, “It’s sad on one hand but it’s also watching destruction and creation happening simultaneously.”
It’s a hard balance to comprehend. Nature’s majesty and enormous loss. With all levels of scientists, Search and Rescue, government and community pitching in to know more, respond more and to keep people safe—how can I help? Humans and animals need safety and shelter and just watching from afar doesn’t quite cut it for me. Getting in the way wouldn’t help either. It’s probably the last thing evacuees and county officials need right now.
In situations like this, where’s the best place to start to look for ways to donate to credible emergency and relief efforts? My donation will be a small gesture in this immense natural occurrence but small funds combined could make a difference to a family or rescued animals.
I want to make sure my donation goes to credible sources that make direct impact so I look for news providers who know what they’re talking about–local news providers from the community where the disaster is located.
These providers give me direct descriptions of needs and portals for funding. In this instance, Hawaii News Now has an excellent list of possible donation sites for evacuees including Catholic Charities Hawaii, the Salvation Army, Pu’uhonua o Puna and the Red Cross all of which are coordinating donations.
I also go to local foundations directly connected to the region. The Hawaii Community Foundation has the Hawaii Island Volcano Recovery Fund and has teamed up with AT&T for a Text-to-Donate Campaign.
If you’re looking to support individuals, check out the crowdfunding pages. Go Fund Me has verified campaigns for some of those impacted by the eruption.
If you haven’t had a chance to keep up on the Kilauea eruption, a solid site for information is the USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory site or you can look up USGS Kilauea on YouTube.