This week, our thoughts are with Oklahoma and all those affected by the devastating storm that struck on Monday. As is so often the case, a community’s own members are the most active and impactful in the healing process.
We’re so proud to share that Sparkrelief, a team to come out of Startup Weekend Colorado, is stepping up to support Oklahoma — and providing ways for others to help as well. Sparkrelief is currently aggregating information and resources. For those local to the disaster, you can search ways to contribute by volunteering or donating food and supplies.
An article released on PandoDaily yesterday covers what Sparkrelief is doing to help Oklahoma:
“More than 1,000 people in Oklahoma have used the site to find information, “and a number are posting as well,” he [Eli Hayes] says. The Red Cross and local church shelters are included in the mix and integrated into the site.
Right now, Sparkrelief is working to get the word out to more community members, victims, and agencies. “We plan to partner with nonprofit and government agencies that want to better inform the public of relief resources,” Hayes says.
Other ways that you can help:
- You can donate to the Red Cross Disaster Relief fund here, and donate blood at your local hospital.
- On Tuesday, the state of Oklahoma established the OK Strong Disaster Relief Fund, and proceeds go to supporting families of victims.
- Donate to the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma.
- Donate to the Oklahoma Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster.
For Sparkrelief, it’s about helping those in need, when it matters most:
Sparkrelief has been working hard since forming at a Colorado Startup Weekend in October 2010 so they can be there for communities in need. Their efforts in Oklahoma this week are a perfect example of how needed and valuable this service can be. Eli Hayes, the founder, was actually inspired to do something progressive after a Colorado wildfire struck and displaced thousands of people in his own home state. Looking back on that time of crisis, Hayes recognized the need for useful, efficient information for those at risk and for those trying to help.
“The site has a simple layout: there is a left-hand bar where you can “select a disaster,” and a right-hand map of the world highlighting areas affected. Once you choose an event, the map zooms in showing all the relief efforts via drop pins. Each pin represents some person, agency, or place offering shelter and food, and provides information about what it is and the source.” (Pandodaily)
About the disaster: http://www.cnn.com/2013/05/20/us/oklahoma-tornado-developments/index.html