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How Mainers Can Help Japan’s Recovery

 

March 17, 2011

 

Governor & MEMA Director Urge Donations Through Trusted Sources

AUGUSTA, MAINE -- As Japan still struggles to recover from last week’s earthquake and tsunami, many organizations have joined in the relief effort. Maine Governor Paul LePage and the Maine Emergency Management Agency are urging concerned citizens to be certain their donations are made to trusted relief agencies.

“Cash, donated to a known relief organization, is always the best way to help after a disaster,” says Rob McAleer, Director of Maine Emergency Management Agency. “This allows the organization to support their trained disaster volunteers and staff on the ground, and to quickly obtain the relief supplies that are needed. "

"In a disaster the needs change by the hour,” McAleer says, "When a relief organization receives cash donations, they can obtain whatever is needed, when it is needed.”

A list of agencies working in Japan is maintained by the organization InterAction at http://www.interaction.org. InterAction is an alliance of US based nongovernmental organizations which operate internationally.

Many of these agencies have a Maine connection, so there may be also be local opportunities to donate. For example, the Roman Catholic Diocese in Portland has announced a special collection this weekend to support the recovery effort.

“Mainers have a wonderful tradition of helping their neighbors,” said Maine Governor Paul LePage. “It doesn’t matter whether our neighbors are next door, or halfway around the world. Even small donations to a relief organization close to your heart will help our friends in Japan. When you are sending your kindness around the globe, you have to make sure your generosity gets to those in need. At Interaction's web site you will find many trusted organizations who are helping the Japanese people.”

 

Contact:

Lynette Miller
624-4420

 

Last update: 07/20/10