January 19, 2010
Michael Victorian
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AFGE Responds to Crisis in Haiti

(WASHINGTON) – The American Federation of Government Employees today responded to the crisis in Haiti generated by an earthquake that devastated the country this week.

“We are deeply saddened by the unspeakable tragedy in Haiti and we offer our deepest sympathies to its people,” said John Gage, AFGE national president. “America’s working families, federal workers, and the labor community extends its complete support towards the recovery efforts.”

AFGE has joined with others in the labor community in encouraging its members to contribute financial assistance to those in need via the Haiti Earthquake Emergency Fund set up by the AFL-CIO’s Solidarity Center.

AFGE members include those federal employees who will be providing direct assistance to the Haitian people in the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Many wish to make donations to the earthquake relief in Haiti. For your information, listed below are the recommended organizations listed on the AFL-CIO’s website

The AFL-CIO Solidarity Center’s Earthquake Relief for Haitian Workers’ Campaign. Click here to make a donation and here to learn more about how the center is working to help Haitian workers. You can also send a check to: Solidarity Center Education Fund, 888 16th Street, N.W., Suite 400, Washington, DC 20006

Partners in Health: or send your contribution to Partners In Health, P.O. Box 845578, Boston, MA 02284-5578. Partners in Health, which had staff on the ground in Haiti before the earthquake, provides daily updates on its assistance efforts.

Doctors Without Borders: or call toll free at 1-888-392-0392. USA Headquarters 333 7th Ave., 2nd Floor, New York, NY 10001-5004. Doctors Without Borders is a well-respected and highly effective humanitarian organization working in more than 60 countries to assist people whose survival is threatened by violence, neglect, or catastrophe.

American Red Cross International Response Fund: or call toll free at 1-800-REDCROSS or 1-800-257-7575 (Spanish). Contributions also can be mailed to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 37243, Washington, DC 20013 or to your local American Red Cross chapter (specify if you want to make sure your donation will benefit Haiti).

United Way Worldwide Disaster Fund: or mail checks with the fund reference to United Way Worldwide, P.O. Box 630568, Baltimore, MD 21263-0568.

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