Mercy Corps

CFM Contributes to Filipino Relief

CFM made a contribution to Portland-based Mercy Corps to aid in the relief of The Philippines, which was devastated last Friday by what is being described as a 100-year typhoon.

In addition to as many as 10,000 casualties, many Filipinos in the hardest hit central part of the island nation are without shelter, food and water. Mercy Corps quickly rallied, along with other relief organizations and the U.S. military, to assist storm victims.

"Our $1,000 contribution is a small way to express our sympathy and demonstrate our commitment to people in need in The Philippines," says CFM Partner Dan Jarman. "We encourage other businesses to contribute as well."

Mercy Corps dispatched an emergency response team to coordinate with other relief efforts in The Philippines to provide food and water to stranded Filipinos, as well as supply medicine, blankets, tarps and hygiene kits.

Mercy Corps has two staff members based in Manila who work on economic development and social programs, which will play an important role in recovery efforts.

To contribute, go to www.mercycorps.org/typhoon or call (800) 292-3355.

Combating Hunger at Home and in the Horn

Drought has ravaged the Horn of Africa and groups such as Mercy Corps have responded with long-term efforts to combat food insecurityThanksgiving is a wonderful time to celebrate friends and family through feasting. But it also is a fitting time to remember people around the block — and around the world — who face staggering hunger.

In that spirit, CFM contributed $2,500 before the holiday to support Mercy Corps efforts to provide long-term, sustainable assistance in Somalia and Niger to combat food insecurity, especially in times of drought.

"Distributing food is sometimes necessary, especially during times of crisis," Mercy Corps says, "but we believe in teaching people to fish, plant gardens and raise livestock for their household needs. This holistic approach not only ensures that families don't go hungry, but also looks out for their health and long-term economic prospects."

With help from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Mercy Corps is bringing sustainable food security to 40,000 people in the southern part of Somalia, which has fallen victim to natural disasters and strife. It is helping Niger revamp its dairy production system. It works with 3,775 direct beneficiaries, with the ability to impact the lives of 100,000 people by delivering readily available, affordable dairy products and upgraded nutrition.

CFM's contribution was matched dollar-for-dollar by a special program conducted by Mercy Corps prior to the Thanksgiving holiday.

CFM also worked with its clients, such as Del Monte Fresh Produce, to contribute fresh fruits and vegetables to the Oregon Food Bank, Marion-Polk Food Share and Harrisburg Harvesters Gleaners.

As a supporter of the Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival, CFM also has helped generate donations to the Oregon Food Bank.

"We all have a responsibility to tackle the injustice of hunger, in our own community or the world community," says CFM President Gary Conkling. "No one has the power to erase hunger, but each one of us has the power to do something."

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To donate to MercyCorp, click here.

Haiti: CFM, Staff Donate Cash

Scenes from a devastated Haiti following January 12th's 7.0 earthquake. (Daily Mail)As part of its tradition of Good Deeds and community involvement, CFM created a dollar-for-dollar employee-matching program last week for Haitian earthquake relief. Within 48 hours of establishing the match, CFM and its staff raised more than $4,000 in donations for Portland-based Mercy Corps, a highly respected emergency aid organization.

(Update: As of January 19, CFM and its staff have raised more than $5,000.)