With more than eight hundred people feared dead in Haiti and thousands left homeless in the wake of Hurricane Matthew, aid organizations, foundations, and corporations are working to raise funds for relief efforts on the impoverished island.
According to the Center for Disaster Philanthropy, more than 1.24 million Haitians were affected by the storm, with more than 14,000 displaced. As of Friday afternoon, some 61,500 Haitians were in shelters, Haitian officials told Reuters. Relief efforts on the island have been hampered, however, by damaged communications towers and a collapsed bridge that has severed the country's capital, Port-au-Prince, from hard-hit southern Haiti. Aid groups on the ground include the American Red Cross, AmeriCares, CARE, Concern Worldwide, International Medical Corps, Lutheran World Relief, Mercy Corps, and Save the Children.
In support of relief efforts, a number of organizations, including the Boston Foundation, Global Giving, and World Vision, have launched Hurricane Matthew relief funds, while individual fundraising campaigns have been launched through GoFundMe. Elsewhere, DocuSign CEO and chairman Keith Krach and other Silicon Valley leaders and firms have raised more than $250,000 for New Story, which has pledged to direct 100 percent of donations to relief efforts, while Salesforce has offered to match up to $100,000. In addition, the Western Union Foundation has announced a $25,000 grant to MercyCorps and will waive fees on transfers to Haiti through October 9, while MoneyGram will waive transaction fees for donations to the American Red Cross, up to $249.99 per transaction, through October 31.
In the United States, the Red Cross was standing by in Florida, Georgia, and South Carolina with ninety response vehicles and thirty trailer loads of supplies, ready-to-eat meals, and clean-up and comfort kits.