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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, we all want to do everything we can to help those in need. But we also have all heard of those relief efforts that get on the ground, and only seem to add to the chaos. Here are the most effective green jobs you can do to help during an emergency.
Give the green. Take that money you meant to spend on food or toys, and give it to a charity or non-profit working in the area. Giving things and food may seem like a good idea, but all that stuff can actually pile up and sit around. When what an area really needs are a few emergency stand-by generators, what’s a pile of canned corn and teddy bears going to do? Leave deciding what’s needed and when to those with green jobs on the ground.
Don’t drop everything to go help. The urge to ship off to the site of the disaster is high for some people, but volunteers aren’t always necessary. Sometimes they require too much time and resources to train, become a liability, or simply get in the way. Before people run off to volunteer for green jobs, they should call their favorite non-profit to see if volunteers are needed.
Don’t designate your monetary donations for specific things. Disaster relief agencies know how to do their jobs, and you telling them your money can only go towards certain disasters or efforts can seriously hamper their movement.
Investigate the charity you’re donating to. Unfortunately, times of need are perfect opportunities for scam artists to take advantage of those willing to help. Go to Charity Navigator to be sure your non-profit actually does green jobs that will help, and has a solid reputation.
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