More news from the White House on assistance to Haiti.
Translation of SMS messages needed for aid workers. The number 4636 is operational since last Saturday and messages are coming in that need to be translated. If you can help click on USHAHIDI for instructions.
Also, the Red Cross is requesting 30 volunteers to go to Haiti for 30 days beginning Monday January 18th, 2010 to aid in the Haiti Relief Effort.
The Coalition for Haiti Relief ad-hoc partnership with 1199 SEIU is soliciting volunteers on behalf of the Red Cross for immediate deployment.
• Fluency in English & French or Creole
• American Citizenship
• Background Check
Those interested are urged to send a resume to the Coalition for Haiti Relief at HaitiRelief.NY@gmail.com as soon as possible.
The Coalition for Haiti Relief is an Ad-hoc partnership between 1199 SIEU and various Haitian and Non-Haitian community organizations throughout the tri-state area, in order to aid the victims of the January 12th, 2010 Earthquake in Haiti. For further information, please contact the Coalition for Haiti Relief HaitiRelief.NY@gmail.com.
The American Red Cross is looking to deploy 100 Creole interpreters to work on the hospital ship USNS Comfort, which will be harbored outside Port-au-Prince. Volunteers need to be fluent in Creole and English. Other skills are helpful but not required.
Things to keep in mind:
(a) The ship will be deployed for a month;
(b) Volunteers won’t be able to leave the ship during that time;
(c) They will not have luxurious quarters. It is important to stress the second point: The interpreters will stay on the ship to assist and won’t be able to get off the ship to see family in Haiti.
We are looking for volunteers to be in Miami no later than Wednesday night/Thursday morning (January 20/21). The Red Cross may be able to provide accommodations for those coming from out of town. All volunteers would be fully trained, either in Miami, or at their home chapters of the Red Cross before they come to Miami. Again, no skills are required beyond speaking both Creole and English. Anyone interested in this opportunity will be contacted ASAP with additional steps. Please communicate to me immediately if you have persons who can do this and contact information.
Michael A. Blake
Deputy Associate Director
The White House – Offices of Intergovernmental Affairs & Public Engagement
(202) 456-4772 – Office
(202) 503-5649 – Cell