United Way Worldwide Supports Philippines Reconstruction Effort

Nov 15, 2013, 14:25 ET from United Way Worldwide

ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 15, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Take action to support the communities affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines by visiting www.unitedway.org/philippines. This week, United Way Worldwide activated the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund, supporting long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts in the Philippines. Even after immediate needs, including food and shelter, are met, United Way remains committed to helping the Philippine communities affected by the typhoon.

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Utilizing lessons learned during response efforts for Hurricane Katrina, the earthquakes in Haiti and the recent tornadoes in Oklahoma, United Way is helping to facilitate immediate action while assessing community needs, developing long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts and establishing key partnership with government and International aid programmes.

The United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund will be directed toward rebuilding schools, helping displaced workers find new jobs and addressing mental health and other needs that often do not present themselves until a year or more after disaster strikes.

As the world's largest privately-funded nonprofit, United Way mobilizes people and organizations with the passion, expertise and resources to support these much-needed efforts. Prime examples are companies like The Hershey Company, Fluor Corporation, and Pitney Bowes Inc. who have already made contributions to the Fund. The Community Chest of Korea (United Way in South Korea) recently allocated a gift of $1 million to recovery efforts in the Philippines.

Additionally, leaders from United Way of Southeast Louisiana have stepped forward and offered advice and resources in a show of network solidarity and appreciation for the outpouring of support they received in their time of need after Hurricane Katrina.

Your generosity goes a long way in helping to rebuild the affected communities. To make a gift, please visit www.unitedway.org/philippines.

About United Way
United Way is a worldwide movement of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 41 countries and territories. It advances the common good by focusing on education, income and health – the building blocks for a good quality life. The United Way movement mobilizes millions to action – to give, advocate and volunteer – to improve conditions in their local community. For more information about United Way, please visit: UnitedWay.org.

CONTACT: Felipe Benitez, Director of Media and Public Relations
+1 703.836.7112 x546, felipe.benitez@unitedway.org

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