Community Powered Disaster Relief for Japan, Colorado Nonprofit Deploys Powerful Relief Resource

Mar 16, 2011, 13:58 ET from Sparkrelief

BOULDER, Colo., March 16, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Boulder non-profit "Sparkrelief" responded immediately with housing relief for Japanese earthquake victims.  Sparkrelief created where those displaced can find offers of housing posted by people with free rooms.

A crisis of this magnitude can have far reaching emotional effects.  Providing easily accessible information through a simple interface reduces stress when searching for relief.

Often, people who want to help feel powerless and are uncertain how to help.  The Sparkrelief platform connects people who want to help with victims in immediate need.

Sparkrelief crowdsources disaster relief for Japanese earthquake victims and helps them find the housing they need.

"Our goal is to make the website as user friendly as possible.  After researching many options for offering aid, we realized the process needed to be simpler." – Sparkrelief Co-Founder, Eli Hayes., the website created by Sparkrelief has a simple to use interface that allows victims to select their housing preferences. Housing can be searched by geographic location, children and pet preferences, bathroom and even parking options.

With the crowdsourcing capabilities of social media, the coffee shop bulletin board becomes obsolete.  Sparkrelief uses the power of traditional media, social media, and the community to increase the effectiveness of our platform in helping those in need., a Sparkrelief platform used during the Colorado fires last September, quickly became the leading forum for relief with 23,000 unique visits making over 900 posts to help in just 10 days. is available for free and is used by those in need of housing, those that want to give housing, government agencies posting shelters, and other non-profit agencies and corporations who wish to help or donate.

Those who wish to help can call 720-675-9609, email, or donate at

About Sparkrelief:, a nonprofit 501(c)3, located in Boulder, CO, empowers communities and organizations to quickly share accurate information and provide relief during a disaster.

Eli Hayes, Executive Director of Sparkrelief is an entrepreneur, economist, military veteran, and former firefighter.  He uses skills from these diverse disciplines to create teams who deploy internet applications that improve lives around the world.  

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SOURCE Sparkrelief