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Monday Link Roundup

Happy Monday! We hope you had a fabulous weekend kicking through the autumn leaves and drinking hot cider (or is that just our idea of the perfect weekend)? Now, to get your day started off right, here is your weekly roundup of inspiring and thought-provoking service and social justice stories from around the web. Read on…

    • Have Fun Do Good highlighted the work of dancer Sara Potler, whose amazing organization Dance 4 Peace focuses on conflict resolution and civic education through dance in youth around the world.
    • JSpot highlighted a recent meeting of faith-based disaster and relief recovery leaders, which focused on how best to serve the low-income communities that are often hardest hit.
    • The Forward honored Evelyn Lauder (who recently passed away). The daughter-in-law of cosmetics legend Estee Lauder, Evelyn pioneered the pink ribbon that has become the leading symbol of breast cancer awareness.
    • The Huffington Post published an inspiring article by Racheal Yeager of the HERproject about empowering women to be leaders in sustainable development.

    GOOD ends things on a hopeful note with their “document hopefulness” slideshow. It’s a bit cheesy, sure, but there’s nothing wrong with a little excess hope. What are you feeling hopeful for this week? Email us.

Help Turkey Recover from the Earthquake

Yesterday, a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck Turkey, killing hundreds of people and wounding thousands more. The quake also damaged scores of homes and knocked out power across the southeastern part of the country.

Turkey is known as a seismically active country, sitting atop two major fault lines. And yet, this is shaping up to be the worst earthquake the country has seen since 1999. It’s also the latest in a series of high-profile and highly-destructive natural disasters that have struck over the last few years.

Each new disaster that hits headlines is a reminder of how fragile life can be. It’s also a reminder of how interconnected and dependent we are with and on each other. Right now, a rescue mission is underway with Turkish relief teams searching for survivors under the rubble while there is still a chance of finding people alive. According to an article in the JTA, Turkey has, for now, rejected all offers of international aid. But there are still ways to help:

The following organizations and relief funds are accepting donations on behalf of victims, which will be distributed in the coming weeks.

Want more info? Check out Do Something’s post, 11 facts about earthquakes.

Challah for Hunger Bakes with Delaware Governor Jack Markell [Video]

Challah for Hunger – an organization that raises money and awareness for hunger and disaster relief through the production and sale of challah bread – has been making waves (or rather loaves) at college campuses across the country.

This fall alone, Challah for Hunger has already baked more than 700 loaves, raising nearly $3,000 for Repair the World grantee-partner, American Jewish World Service’s Sudan Action Campaign, as well as local hunger charities chosen by each chapter. (Since being founded by Eli Winkelman in 2005, the organization has raised more than $250,000).

There are currently Challah for Hunger chapters at more than 45 campuses – including the University of Delaware, where Governor Jack Markell recently joined the students for some challah baking. Check the video out below, made by Diva Communications:

Governor Markell at Challah for Hunger from Diva Communications on Vimeo.

On a related note, Diva Communications is working on a new documentary A Peace of Bread: Faith, Food and the Future, which explores how interfaith communities are working to “make a dent in this country’s 36 million people (13 million of which are children) that are experiencing hunger.” Challah for Hunger will be featured in the documentary – which will air on ABC affiliated stations – as will Repair the World grantee-partner, Jewish Farm School. Find out more about the documentary here.

Help Communities Impacted by the Texas Wildfires

While many communities across the East Coast are still reeling from the after-effects of Hurricane Irene, down south, residents of central Texas are facing the most destructive wildfire in the state’s history.

According to the New York Times, since the wildfire began on Sunday, it has “consumed tens of thousands of acres of drought-stricken areas of Texas,” killed two people and burned hundreds of homes. The largest fire in Bastrop County, east of Austin, saw 25,000 acres burned, nearly 500 homes destroyed and 5,000 people evacuated.

Repair the World has rounded up opportunities for people to lend support – both monetary and otherwise – to the families and communities affected by the still-burning wildfires. Read below for more information and to find out how you can help.
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Help Communities Recover from Irene

Over the weekend, Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast of the United States, leaving a wake of destruction in its path. As of the latest report, 43 people were killed, thousands were displaced — many losing their homes and businesses — and 2.85 million are still without power. The sum toll of incurred damage is not yet known as flooding continues in several affected areas.

Repair the World has reached out to communities along the East Coast and in the Caribbean to determine areas of need. Volunteers and contributions will be desperately needed as affected communities work to rebuild following the hurricane’s wreckage. Please consider lending your support.

Our hearts and prayers go out to those who were affected by the hurricane and we will continue to monitor the situation. Follow Repair on Facebook and Twitter to stay up-to-date with the latest information.

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Monday Link Roundup

Yesterday, Hurricane Irene barreled from the Caribbean up the East Coast – causing more than a dozen deaths, damage to public property and homes (though not as much damage as originally feared) and wreaking havoc on travel and weekend plans. In commemoration, this week’s roundup is dedicated to Hurricane-related service stories.

  • GOOD published a fascinating article about the importance of communication and access to media when preparing for an impending storm.
  • The Huffington Post published an article about the variety of places evacuees from hurricane Irene are staying – everywhere from school gyms to 5-star hotels.
  • Relatedly, The Huffington Post also posted a video about the 13,000 people staying in American Red Cross shelters.
  • The Corporation for National and Community Service wrote about the national service teams being deployed to areas up and down the East Coast to support people who have been negatively impacted by the hurricane.
  • The Union for Reform Judaism sent out a service alert, readying potential volunteers to jump into action as soon as the storm’s damage is assessed.

How to Prepare for a Hurricane and Other Natural Disasters

This is an excerpt from an article on Find the whole article here.

For many, knowing the relationship between natural disasters and volunteers is limited to response and recovery. It conjures up images of volunteers pulling survivors from rubble, sorting through debris, delivering supplies, consoling victims, and rebuilding communities. But service and volunteerism has a place in disasters long before one actually hits; much can be done in terms of preparation and readiness.

Right now, along the Eastern seaboard, neighbors are pitching in to help board up homes and communities are banding together to stockpile necessary supplies as Hurricane Irene heads towards the Outer Banks, N.C. for a possible U.S. landfall.
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