How Can Atheists Help in the Aftermath of Superstorm Sandy?

As we speak, Superstorm Sandy has taken over 50 lives, cut power to more than 6,000,000 people, may have caused $20,000,000,000 in structural damage, and resulted in about $30,000,000,000 in lost business.

You’d like to do something to help. But how? You don’t belong to a church or other community that’s equipped to help… so what can you do?

The Foundation Beyond Belief has a couple of suggestions and they’re collecting money for the cause, 100% of which will be passed along to relief organizations:

Every disaster event has a different profile and a unique set of needs. In the Caribbean, the most pressing need is for basic medical care, food, and shelter, especially in Haiti and Cuba. In the U.S., efforts are focused on restoring public safety, restoring power and safe water supplies, and rebuilding devastated communities.

This drive provides two separate opportunities for donations. In Haiti, our beneficiary is INTERNATIONAL MEDICAL CORPS, a well-established nonsectarian disaster response organization currently on the ground in Haiti.

In the United States, our beneficiary is TEAM RUBICON, an innovative new disaster response organization that leverages the skills of U.S. military veterans in the aftermath of natural disasters. TR currently has eleven volunteer teams at work in the U.S. disaster zone.

If you can donate to one or both of the groups, the links are found on FBB’s Crisis Response page.

If that’s not your thing, here are some alternative ways to help:

Donate blood.

The Freethought Society (based in Pennsylvania) is collecting and distributing money with the help of a few other organizations. (You can share their Facebook page, too.)

Whatever you do, please do something.

God won’t make everything better; it’s entirely up to us.

(via Secular Coalition for America)

About Hemant Mehta

Hemant Mehta is the editor of Friendly Atheist, appears on the Atheist Voice channel on YouTube, and co-hosts the uniquely-named Friendly Atheist Podcast. You can read much more about him here.


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