United States: In character with John Stephens January 14, 2010
Good thing John Stephens likes to travel. As a senior program officer for local nonprofit Mercy Corps, Stephens does plenty of that, back and forth all around the globe, wherever aid is needed. Portland Tribune: What exactly is a senior program officer? John Stephens: We have different desks here at Mercy Corps, so we divide the world up into regions. Tribune: Oh, sort of like superpowers. Stephens: More like National Geographic. We’re not trying to conquer new territories; we need to make sense of the world.
Haiti: After massive quake, military stands by to aid Haiti January 14, 2010
Haiti is reeling from a massive earthquake, and U.S. and international agencies are scrambling to respond. In a statement, Randy Martin, director of global emergency operations for the relief group Mercy Corps said, “Initial reports indicate that the quake has caused extensive damage, and we fear that casualties could be widespread.”
Haiti: Local aid worker prepares for emotional devastation in Haiti January 14, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. - Local relief efforts geared up Wednesday to head to earthquake ravaged Haiti, and one local aid worker is preparing herself to deal with the emotional scene she’s expecting to see. “The one thing that I have found over the years, you go in with adrenaline,” said aid worker Cassandra Nelson of Mercy Corps. “We are going there with a job and mission with very clear objectives.” Her responsibility, once she arrives in Haiti, will be to make sure the victims who lost their homes will have shelter. She will also help to ensure they get clean water.
Haiti: Amazon puts Haiti donation box on home page January 13, 2010
Want to buy a book? Why not help Haiti instead? Amazon.com is giving customers the choice. Today the Seattle-based online retailer placed a box on its Web site offering visitors a way to help Haiti through the charity Mercy Corps. "At this stage of the emergency response, the greatest priority for Mercy Corps and its humanitarian partners is providing survivors with food, shelter and other supplies," reads a statement linked in the home page box.
Haiti: Team From northwest relief organization heading to Haiti January 13, 2010
A team from Portland-based Mercy Corps is heading to Haiti to help with relief efforts in the wake of Tuesday’s earthquake. A two person team plans to depart Thursday. Caitlin Carlson with Mercy Corps says once they arrive they’ll assess the needs. She says the earthquake exacerbates an already dire humanitarian situation in Haiti. Carlson: “That on top of a massive disaster can complicate things. It makes the needs even greater. So, our team is going to get down there as soon as possible, establish programs and ramp them up from there.”
Haiti: Mercy Corps sending team to Haiti January 13, 2010
Dozens of people scrambled at Mercy Corps headquarters in Old Town today, organizing the agency’s emergency response effort for Haiti. “Our office has been nuts,” said Caitlin Carlson, a spokeswoman for the group. “Everyone has been on the phone, on Skype and on email constantly. All of our staff is really experienced in dealing with an inundation of information so it’s a little bit of controlled chaos.”
Haiti: Mercy Corps workers prepare to travel to Haiti January 13, 2010
Listen to this audio interview by Clicking Here In Haiti Wednesday a desperate effort is underway to find survivors after a magnitude 7 earthquake struck the Caribbean nation late Tuesday afternoon. Cassandra Nelson leaves Thursday with two other aid workers from the Portland-based Mercy Corp. It’s an international relief agency. She says the poverty in Haiti will make their task difficult.
Haiti: Foundations, businesses commit relief and funds to aid victims of Haiti earthquake January 13, 2010
Businesses and other groups across the country on Wednesday committed millions of dollars and gave supplies and other aid to relief efforts for victims of the earthquake that has ravaged Haiti. Amazon.com has added a box on its home page that customers can click to donate to the Haiti relief efforts of Mercy Corps, and anyone with a cell phone can donate $10 to the American Red Cross by sending a text message with the word "HAITI" to 90999.
Haiti: Haitian earthquake packing list: Portlanders ship out with MercyCorps January 13, 2010
When word of yesterday's earthquake in Haiti reached the global headquarters of Mercy Corps (located in Old Town Portland right next to the "Made in Oregon" sign), the emergency crew there leapt into action. This week they will send three Oregonians and one Bostonian to Haiti as an initial emergency response team. Mercy Corps' work mobilizing aid to Haiti has already earned shout outs on the NYT Lede blog and HuffPo.
Haiti: Relief organizations rely on Facebook, Twitter for rapid response January 13, 2010
PORTLAND, Ore. -- At Tigard-based Medical Teams International, bags were prepared Wednesday for the first team of disaster relief response volunteers heading to Haiti. Upstairs, a young woman named Chiqui Flowers sits in a small cubicle, monitoring the organization's website and social media accounts on Twitter and Facebook. She knows many are following. “People are connected to social media through the web site, their phones," she said, pointing out her smart-phone apps for both social feeds, which connect the agency and its donors on a personal level.