I guess everyone has their pet charity during these times, and I just wanted to put a word out for American Friends Service Committee, a Quaker organization that has done a lot of work over the years, and during this crisis plans on doing the following:
# let the local people determine what response is most needed;
# provide support for groups or communities that might not be served by larger aid responses; and
# offer pragmatic, immediate help that builds longer-term recovery so that communities can rebuild long after the media attention and compassionate responses for aid have diminished.
Of course the need for immediate help is important, but I like their forward thinking attitude and their desire to look for underserved communities during this crisis.
Their other work is impressive, too, they’re an organization I respect.