PADF-OAS to Focus on 2 Heavily Damaged Areas in Haiti

Non-Profit assigned part of downtown Port-au-Prince, Southeast Province

 WASHINGTON, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — A heavily damaged area of downtown Port-au-Prince and communities in the Southeast province have been assigned to the Pan American Development Foundation and its partners for immediate relief, the non-profit organization announced. www.PanAmericanRelief.org

 Haitian civil defense authorities designated these areas because of PADF’s long development experience in these communities and the urgent need for the organization’s extensive background in disaster management.

 PADF’s assigned zones are: Port-au-Prince’s downtown section of Bel Air, a heavily residential area known for its beautiful cathedral; and the Southeast province, which includes the seaside cities of Jacmel, Cayes-Jacmel and Marigot.

 ”The Southeast province was hit as hard as Port-au-Prince but has yet to receive attention by the international media,” says John Sanbrailo, PADF’s Executive Director. “With such a large mandate, PADF is urging individuals and companies to support our earthquake relief efforts by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org. It’s vital to people’s survival.”

 Prior to the devastating 7.0 earthquake, these Southeast province communities (which are about a three-hour drive from Port-au-Prince) were severely damaged by hurricanes and tropical storms 18 months ago. PADF will provide relief supplies to these affected communities via the border city of Pedernales in the Dominican Republic.

 Relief to Bel Air will come through PADF’s office in the capital, which receives its supplies from a land route that connects with the border city of Jimani in the Dominican Republic.

 PADF – which is collaborating with the Organization of American States (OAS), the non-profit Hollywood Unites for Haiti (HUFH) and other groups – has eight offices in Haiti, with its country headquarters in Port-au-Prince. PADF has worked in the country for nearly 30 years on economic development, protecting human rights and responding to natural disasters.

 Meanwhile, actor and President of Hollywood Unites for Haiti, Jimmy Jean-Louis (”The Haitian” on NBC’s “Heroes”) arrived in Port-au-Prince late Saturday to reconnect with his family and to raise awareness of the crisis. What he found stunned him.

 ”It looked like a war had happened,” says Jean-Louis, who was shocked by the magnitude of destruction and the desperate need of the people.

 Jean-Louis is a spokesperson for the PADF-OAS-HUFH campaign to raise money for relief and reconstruction of Haiti. They may do so by calling (877) 572-4484 or visiting www.PanAmericanRelief.org to make a donation.

 About HUFH

Hollywood Unites For Haiti is a non-profit charitable aid organization based in Los Angeles that puts 100 percent of its donations directly into the cause of helping Haitian citizens and raising global awareness of ways in which people can help.

www.hufh.org and www.HaitianHero.com

 About the OAS

The Organization of American States (OAS) is the world’s oldest regional organization, dating back to the First International Conference of American States, which was held in Washington, D.C. from October 1889 to April 1890. Today, it is comprised of 34 countries from Latin America and the Caribbean. www.oas.org

 About PADF

 PADF is a non-profit organization established in 1962 to promote, facilitate, and implement social and economic development in Latin America and the Caribbean. In the past year, it had more than 5.6 million beneficiaries in 18 countries.

 

PADF is one of the largest non-governmental organizations in Haiti. With nearly three decades of work on the ground, PADF now manages a large portfolio of activities ranging from community-driven development to protecting human rights.

 Its headquarters is in Washington, D.C., and has field offices in Haiti, Colombia, the Dominican Republic and elsewhere. www.padf.org

Avon Commits $1 Million to Support Relief Efforts in Haiti

NEW YORK, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Avon Products, Inc. (NYSE: AVP) today announced that it has committed $1 million to support relief efforts in Haiti in response to the devastating earthquake in that country.  The company said that the money will be donated through the Avon Foundation for Women, and will be distributed to the American Red Cross and Doctors Without Borders, two organizations that are deeply involved in efforts to aid victims of the January 12 earthquake.

 The company said that the Foundation plans to distribute the $1 million as follows:

  • $500,000 to the American Red Cross International Response Fund, the humanitarian organization that provides relief to victims of disasters; the agency is working closely with Haitian Red Cross to assist those affected by this disaster.
  • $500,000 to Doctors Without Borders, the international medical humanitarian organization that has already assisted more than 1,000 people on the ground in Haiti and has committed to continuing to provide critically-needed medical services.

 Andrea Jung, Avon’s chairman and chief executive officer, said: “We are deeply saddened by the devastation caused to our neighbors in Haiti by the recent earthquake. Disaster relief has long been a critical component of Avon’s philanthropy.  I believe it is our responsibility as a global corporate citizen to lend our support to the relief efforts aiding the people of Haiti.”

 In addition, the company said that its North America business is planning to launch other  initiatives to further assist the victims of the earthquake, including donations from product sales.

 Avon, the company for women, is a leading global beauty company, with over $10 billion in annual revenue. As the world’s largest direct seller, Avon markets to women in more than 100 countries through approximately 6 million independent Avon Sales Representatives. Avon’s product line includes beauty products, as well as fashion and home products, and features such well-recognized brand names as Avon Color, Anew, Skin-So-Soft, Advance Techniques, Avon Naturals, and Mark. Learn more about Avon and its products at www.avoncompany.com.

Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory Aims to Increase Giving and Saving Lives in the Wake of the Haiti Earthquake: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com

SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 18 /PRNewswire/ — Haiti Earthquake Magazine today announced the release of the Haiti Top 10 Nonprofit Directory and the Haiti Top 100 Nonprofit Directory of organizations supporting the people of Haiti in the wake of the earthquake. The Top 10 and Top 100 web-based directories provide three vital pieces of information about each nonprofit: (a) summary information about the organization’s response to the Haiti earthquake to date and its history of operations in Haiti, (b) donation information including phone, address and web site, and SMS giving information, and (c) detailed news updates about ongoing efforts of each nonprofit in Haiti.

Haiti Top 10 Directory and Haiti Top 100 Directory.

Nonprofits in the Top 10 and Top 100 directories were selected by Haiti Earthquake Magazine based on their credibility, reputation and demonstrated track record of aid effectiveness. The nonprofits included in the Haiti Top 10 Directory of organizations responding to the Haiti earthquake include (in alphabetical order) (1) CARE, (2) the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund, (3) Doctors Without Borders, (4) Oxfam, (5) the Red Cross, (6) Save the Children, (7) UNICEF, (8) the UN Foundation (on behalf of the United Nations), (9) the World Food Programme, and (10) Yele Haiti. To encourage your readers to read updated information about these nonprofits, increase their giving and save lives, please insert the following link on your site: www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top10. To include the Haiti Top 100 Directory, please insert this link on your site: http://www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/top100

 Increasing Giving and Saving Lives By Providing Accurate and Breaking News about Nonprofits Active in Haiti

The Top 100 internet-based directory is intended to provide citizens with comprehensive, fact-based and up-to-the minute information about each nonprofit. “The sheer magnitude of the humanitarian tragedy and the immense diversity of nonprofits active in Haiti make it a daunting task for individuals to choose a nonprofit to make a donation to,” said Catherine Zhang, publisher of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. Catherine Zhang added: “The magnitude of the challenge in Haiti requires scalability in order to save lives – I am a finance person and I know that money is a big part of this equation. We therefore want to expand the number of people giving to the people of Haiti – and increase the amount donated by each person. I believe that a combination of accurate, fact-based and breaking news about the heroic humanitarian work performed by the nonprofits that are active in Haiti will cut through the confusion, increase donations and contribute to saving lives.”

 Haiti Earthquake Magazine is continuously updating the Haiti Top 100 Directory and welcomes updates from nonprofits on their latest activities in Haiti.

 About Haiti Earthquake Magazine (www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com):

The mission of Haiti Earthquake Magazine is to contribute to saving lives and solving the humanitarian crisis arising from the Haiti earthquake by serving as the one-stop information source for the Haiti earthquake. We do this by providing breaking news coverage and connecting you with opportunities to make a real difference through donations to and volunteering with the world’s most effective organizations involved in the Haiti earthquake. Haiti Earthquake Magazine invites you to make a difference in the lives of the people of Haiti by staying informed daily and donating money — and volunteering if your time and resources allow you to do so. PR Newswire is a Gold Sponsor of Haiti Earthquake Magazine. This press release has been distributed free of charge by PR Newswire.

 Photo: Photo of Catherine Zhang, Publisher, Haiti Earthquake Magazine http://www.haitiearthquakemagazine.com/contact-1

Chadbourne & Parke Foundation to Contribute to Haiti Earthquake Relief

Firm’s Charitable Foundation Will Also Match Individual Contributions as Done for Katrina, Tsunami and 9/11 Victims

 NEW YORK Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Chadbourne & Parke LLP announced today that the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation will make an initial contribution of $100,000 to charities participating in earthquake relief efforts in Haiti.

 To encourage individual donations, the Firm also established a matching program, in effect until the end of February 2010, whereby individual donations by Firm employees in its U.S. and nine international offices will also be matched by the Foundation.

 ”We are all deeply saddened by the loss of life and devastation caused in Haiti resulting from the recent earthquake,” said Chadbourne Managing Partner Charles K. O’Neill. “Many participating charitable organizations rely heavily on corporate and individual donations and will be in need of additional funds for the relief effort for an extended period.  We want to do our part.”

 The Foundation was created in 2001 to assist victims of the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center. It supported groups that provided financial assistance to families and individuals who were affected by the attacks but did not qualify for government aid.

 The Firm initially contributed $500,000 to the Foundation and makes additional donations to the Foundation in the names of many clients.

 In 2002, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg honored the Firm by declaring May 17 “Chadbourne & Parke Day” in New York. This honor recognized the Firm for providing space in its Rockefeller Center offices for more than 100 attorneys and staff in the City of New York’s law department when their downtown offices were unusable after the 9/11 attacks. In 2004, New York Disaster Interfaith Services honored Chadbourne for its donations to the 9/11 recovery group.

 The Chadbourne & Parke Foundation made substantial contributions and established matching programs in 2004 and 2005 to support relief efforts for the Tsunami in Asia and also in 2005 to aid victims of Hurricane Katrina.

 Firm’s Charitable Contribution Advisory Committee, comprising both staff and legal personnel, makes recommendations to the Directors of the Chadbourne & Parke Foundation regarding specific charities which their research shows are likely to continue to be the most effective in long-term relief efforts.

 About Chadbourne & Parke LLP

Chadbourne & Parke LLP, a global law firm headquartered in New York City, provides a full range of legal services, including mergers and acquisitions, securities, project finance, private funds, corporate finance, energy, communications and technology, commercial and products liability litigation, securities litigation and regulatory enforcement, special investigations and litigation, intellectual property, antitrust, domestic and international tax, insurance and reinsurance, environmental, real estate, bankruptcy and financial restructuring, employment law and ERISA, trusts and estates and government contract matters.  Major geographical areas of concentration include Russia, Central and Eastern Europe, the Middle East and Latin America.  The Firm has offices in New York, Washington, DC, Los Angeles, Mexico City, London (an affiliated partnership), Moscow, St. Petersburg, Warsaw (a Polish partnership), Kyiv, Almaty, Dubai and Beijing.  For additional information, visit www.chadbourne.com.

Cablevision Extends Free Calling To Haiti

Adds Haiti To Optimum Voice Included Calling Area To Facilitate Contact Between Customers And Those Impacted By Devastating Earthquake

 BETHPAGE, N.Y., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — Cablevision Systems Corp. (NYSE: CVC) today announced that the unlimited calling area available to Optimum Voice phone customers was being temporarily extended to include calls to landlines and mobile phones in Haiti, in light of this week’s devastating earthquake.

 ”We know we have customers who are trying to reach family and friends in Haiti, and want to do everything we can to help facilitate these connections,” said John Trierweiler, Cablevision’s senior vice president of product management.  “We also know that many are experiencing difficulty placing and completing these calls, frequently with long delays, and do not want our customers to be concerned with fees or per-minute charges while they are trying to reach loved ones in this difficult time.”

 

Calls to Haiti will continue to be free until further notice, the company said.

 About Cablevision

Cablevision Systems Corporation (NYSE: CVC) is one of the nation’s leading media and entertainment companies. Its cable television operations serve more than 3 million households in the New York metropolitan area. The company’s advanced telecommunications offerings include its iO TV® digital television, Optimum Online® high-speed Internet, Optimum Voice® digital voice-over-cable, and its Optimum Lightpath integrated business communications services. Cablevision operates several successful programming businesses, including AMC, IFC, Sundance Channel and WE tv, through Rainbow Media Holdings LLC, and serves the New York area as publisher of Newsday and other niche publications through Newsday Media Group. In addition to these businesses, Cablevision owns Madison Square Garden and its sports teams, the New York Knicks, Rangers and Liberty. The company also operates New York’s famed Radio City Music Hall, the Beacon Theatre, and the Chicago Theatre, and owns and operates Clearview Cinemas.

Sovereign Bank Collecting Funds to Aid Victims of the Earthquake in Haiti

BOSTON, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Sovereign Bank announced today that it has opened a special account to collect monetary donations for the American Red Cross to aid victims of the earthquake in Haiti.  Cash and check donations will be accepted at all Sovereign Bank branches.

 ”We are saddened by the loss of lives and devastation in Haiti,” said Gabriel Jaramillo, Sovereign Bank President and Chief Executive Officer.  “We hope that providing the public with this opportunity to donate will help bring some relief to the victims of this tragedy.”

 Checks should be made payable to the American Red Cross.  Donors should write “Haiti Relief & Development Fund” in the memo section of their check.

 About Sovereign and Santander

 Sovereign Bank, a subsidiary of Banco Santander, S.A., is a financial institution with principal markets in the northeastern United States. Sovereign has more than 723 branches, over 2,300 ATMs and approximately 9,000 team members.  For more information on Sovereign Bank, visit http://www.sovereignbank.com or call 877-SOV-BANK.

 Banco Santander (SAN.MC, STD.N) is a retail and commercial bank, based in Spain. At the end of 2008, Santander was the largest bank in the euro zone by market capitalization and third in the world by profit. Founded in 1857, Santander had EUR 1,271 billion in managed funds at the end of 2008. Following the acquisition of Sovereign Bancorp in January 2009, Santander has 90 million customers, around 14,000 branches — more than any other international bank — and over 170,000 employees. It is the largest financial group in Spain and Latin America, with leading positions in the United Kingdom and Portugal and a broad presence in Europe through its Santander Consumer Finance arm.

San Francisco Charity A GOOD IDEA to Give $100,000 to Haiti Victims Upon Winning Nationwide Charity Program

Opportunity for A GOOD IDEA to Win $1MM In Chase Community Giving Program on Facebook

 January 15 – January 22

 Facebook: http://www.voteagi.org

 SAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — A Good Idea, a volunteer organization which is a vehicle for positive social change ideas in San Francisco, plans to give $100,000 to Haiti earthquake victims if the organization is selected as the winner of the Chase Community Giving contest sponsored by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

 “While A Good Idea focuses on homelessness within the Bay Area, we feel that it is of the utmost importance to contribute to the people of Haiti,” said Jared Paul, Founder and Executive Director of A Good Idea.

 A Good Idea was among 100 small charities out of 500,000 eligible nationwide to garner enough Facebook votes to receive a $25,000 grant as part of the Chase contest. Entering the second round of voting on Friday, January 15, A Good Idea will give $100,000 of their winnings if they are able to earn enough Facebook votes to propel them to the top spot in the contest.

 “We are grateful for the opportunity to make a difference in Haiti,” said Paul. “By connecting people in need with people that want to help, our organization has the ability to offer courage and support.”

 In two years, A Good Idea has built a strong following of volunteers and produced a string of impactful community service events in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group recently attracted national attention for its 24 Hours of Service Event, which included distribution of goods to the homeless and other civil outlets. Gaining nationwide notoriety for their work, A Good Idea was awarded the “Acts of Kindness” award from the American Red Cross and has been recognized by Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco Board of Supervisors.

 About A Good Idea

A Good Idea, a San Francisco-based nonprofit 501(c)(3), is a vehicle for positive social change ideas that connect people in need with people who want to help. A Good Idea will be bringing a fully accredited residential high school for homeless teens to San Francisco called Hope Academy of Arts & Sciences (HAAS). To learn more please visit www.agoodideasf.org.

 For more information about the Chase Community Giving Campaign, please visit http://apps.facebook.com/chasecommunitygiving/

Free Video Sharing Service Now Available for Haiti Relief Organizations

SEATTLE, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — In the wake of this week’s earthquake in Haiti and to support the recovery efforts now being organized, Streambox is making its Streambox Live™ video sharing service available free of charge to emergency relief organizations, government and military operations, and broadcasters. Using only a camera, a laptop equipped with the Streambox Live software, and a low-bandwidth IP connection, these organizations can capture and stream live video in a secure fashion. The capability can help first responder organizations create the situational awareness they need to build a comprehensive disaster response and recovery plan.

 ”In remote locations that have been devastated by natural disaster, high-bandwidth Internet connections are often not available and many areas cannot be accessed by broadcast satellite vehicles,” said Bob Hildeman, CEO of Streambox. “With Streambox Live, news teams and relief organizations can enter these areas and share video in order to better coordinate communications efforts. The service also provides a searchable repository for archived video footage, which can be shared among broadcasters and relief agencies to help ensure that the most important needs are quickly met.” 

 Organizations interested in accessing the free Streambox Live service may contact Streambox by phone at 1 (206) 956-0544 or by e-mail at streamboxlive@streambox.com.

 About Streambox

Streambox focuses on IP-based, end-to-end newsgathering and contribution services. It delivers SD and HD software and hardware for video compression, transmission, management and playout. The Streambox Live™ Service supplements the Streambox Platform with free encoding software and server-based services for scalable newsgathering and contribution.

Streambox solutions are based on the industry-leading ACT-L3™ codec, which provides unrivaled performance, reliability, and quality over low data rate IP networks for fast transmission and playout of video streams in HD and SD. The company’s platform enables broadcasters, government agencies, enterprises, and other users to enhance content ownership, simplify operations, and increase operational efficiencies.

 More information is available at www.streambox.com.

Glory Foods(R) Donates Over 7,000 Cans to Feed the Children(R) for Haiti Earthquake Relief Efforts

Glory Foods provides canned vegetables to victims of the Haiti earthquake

 COLUMBUS, Ohio, Jan. 15 /PRNewswire/ — Glory Foods, the category leader in Southern-style, heat-and-serve canned vegetables , will donate more than 7,000 cans of its Sensibly Seasoned Black Bean product to Feed The Children for victims effected by Tuesday’s earthquake near Haiti’s capital, Port-Au-Prince.

 Glory Foods will hand over the donation to Feed The Children out of its Grand Prairie, Texas warehouse next week.  The 7,000+ cans equal more than 40 pallets with each pallet holding 170 cases of canned food items. Glory Foods’ Sensibly Seasoned Black Bean products contain Protein, Calcium and Iron – essentials for victims’ survival.

 ”When I heard about this tragedy, I was immediately moved to do something along with the rest of the world,” said Jacqueline Neal, President of Glory Foods.  “Glory Foods is committed to every neighborhood it serves here and abroad.”

 About Feed The Children

Founded in 1979, Feed The Children is consistently ranked as one of the 10 largest international charities in the U.S., based on private, non-government support. Feed The Children is a Christian, international, nonprofit relief organization with headquarters in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, that delivers food, medicine, clothing and other necessities to individuals, children and families who lack these essentials due to famine, war, poverty or natural disasters. Since its founding, the organization has reached out to help those in need in the US and in 119 countries around the globe. For more information, please visit www.FeedtheChildren.org.

 About Glory Foods

Founded in 1989, Glory Foods is the category leader in Southern-style, heat-and-serve products including seasoned canned vegetables, cooking bases and fresh greens. Its Southern-style vegetables and side dishes are staples in American homes and offer convenient meal-planning solutions for busy families. Glory Foods is a private, minority-controlled business based in Columbus, Ohio. For more information, visit  www.GloryFoods.com.

 NOTE TO EDITORS: For photos, logos and media event information, including date and time, please contact Andre Ledgister

AMCA Initiating Effort to Monitor Mosquito Crisis in Haiti

MOUNT LAUREL, N.J., Jan. 15 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — As Haiti recovers from the devastating January 12th earthquake, the American Mosquito Control Association (AMCA) expresses its concern for residents and relief workers alike. 

 According to AMCA Technical Advisor and Retired U.S. Navy Medical Entomologist Joseph M. Conlon, the region will face both immediate challenges and long-term repercussions:

  • Damages caused by the earthquake have created ideal habitat for mosquitoes to lay eggs.
  • At present, flies will prove to be an issue for rescue workers in the area, possibly hampering relief efforts.
  • In the coming weeks, the traumatized population and rescue workers will feel the impact of increased mosquito activity, as temporary shelters provide little protection from the insects.
  • Eventual concerns, which are more challenging to predict, include the spread of mosquito-borne diseases – in particular, malaria and dengue fever.

 Joe Conlon is available to comment on these issues, and is initiating an effort with AMCA to monitor the mosquito crisis.  He will initiate a response with AMCA members and partners based on the feedback from relief workers in Haiti.

 About AMCA

Celebrating 75 years of protecting public health in 2010, the American Mosquito Control Association is an international not-for-profit public service association.  With 1,600 members worldwide, AMCA services are provided mainly to public agencies and their principal staff members engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities.  The membership extends to more than 50 countries, and includes individuals and public agencies engaged in mosquito control, mosquito research and related activities.  Please visit AMCA online at www.mosquito.org.