2011 will be remembered as a year of relentless disasters that cost thousands of lives and destroyed whole communities from as far away as Japan to as close to home as Joplin, Missouri, the heartland of America.
You're not a First Responder like a fire department or paramedic unit; you're not FEMA; and, do not command the vast logistical resources of an entire government... What would SMART Aid consist of in this situation?
In our society of high life-expectancy, death usually comes unseen behind the closed doors of nursing homes, or the curtains of a hospital room. We have gained, therefore, the luxury of deluding ourselves that we are here forever
Americans are already volunteering in record numbers, but the need for volunteers continues to rise as the recession persists and rainy-day savings become exhausted. Tax policy should accommodate this shift.
Organizations seem unwilling to donate the one thing Haitian hospitals say they desperately need: Money that can be spent at their discretion, for things like salaries, fuel for the generator, and oxygen.