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AFP Blog Helps Members, Charities Share Needed Resources

September 26, 2005

(Sept. 26, 2005) AFP members are encouraged to monitor and use the AFP Hurricane Relief Blog to request and provide resources related to Hurricane Katrina and Rita relief.

While the blog was originally created for Hurricane Katrina, it will be expanded to include postings and requests related to Hurricane Rita.

Members in affected areas can post the types of resources they need, while other members can submit the kinds of resources (job information, office space, supplies, etc.) they can make available. Organizations involved in the relief efforts can also post messages regarding the assistance they may need.

As several posts have already noted, members should continue to monitor the blog for some time as member needs may not be readily apparent. AFP member Nora Walls wrote:

'I would encourage members outside the affected areas to keep checking back with this blog. It's a great idea, and much needed, but I think a lot of us don't know yet what we need.

Once we can get back into our cities and take stock, we will have a better idea of what to ask for. For those wishing to give assistance, I would bet that in the near future many of us will need staples - paper, file folders, computer supplies, etc.

My organization, Community Shares of Louisiana, represents 17 NPO's in Louisiana. We are establishing contact with them and will post their rebuilding efforts on our website, www.louisianashares.org. So far, we have only heard from 5 agencies.

Thank you to all our fellow AFP members and to AFP for helping us during these trying times.'

The AFP Hurricane Relief Blog is located at http://afprc22.blogspot.com.

Other Relief Updates

The Chronicle of Philanthropy reports that more $1.2 billion has been raised for Hurricane Katrina relief efforts, with more than $444 million coming from foundations and corporations.

The United States Postal Service continues to provide updates regarding mail services to areas affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. Members can obtain the most updated information on the USPS website.

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