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Bodhisattva Action Alert: How to Help the People of Joplin, MO

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New York Times photo by Patrick Fallon

The photos show a devastating reality — last night, the tornado that hit Joplin, MO, was the deadliest one in the U.S. since 1953. In a city with a population of about 48,000, nearly 100 people are dead so far with many more injured.

I picked up the following information from this page on the MSNBC website… it seems to be the most comprehensive list so far on how to help:

Donations

  • The American Red Cross has set up a page for Missouri tornado and flood relief.
  • The Joplin Red Cross could use some donations. You can contact it at (417) 624-4411 or info@redcross-ozarks.org in order to find out what supplies are most necessary.
  • The Missouri SEMA has set up a donation page.
  • A list of major non-profits that operate regularly in Missouri can be found on the National Donations Management Network website. You can also call (800) 427-4626 for further information.
  • The Missouri Interfaith Disaster Response Organization is taking donations for longterm recovery efforts.
  • The Community Blood Center of the Ozarks is in need of blood — particularly type O. A list of donation sites can be found here.

Volunteering

  • 211 Missouri is helping organize volunteers in the affected areas. More information can be found by calling (800) 427-462.
  • Nurses or doctors looking to help can call (417) 832-9500 for the Greater Ozarks chapter of the Red Cross.
  • Health professionals can register to volunteer through the Show-Me Response website.

Animal rescue

  • For those in the Joplin area: Emergency Pet Center of the Four States at 7th & Illinois near the Sonic is OPEN and accepting found/injured animals. Its phones are down at this time.
  • The “Animals Lost & Found from the Joplin, Mo tornado” Facebook page is tracking lost and found pets.

Safety Information

  • The National Americorp Volunteers are setting up a national hotline for residents to call to check on loved ones. The number is (417) 659-5464 and should be active later today.
  • The American Red Cross has set up a site on which you can check in, report on the safety of others, or look for information on loved ones.
  • The “Joplin people accounted for after the storm” Facebook page is helping people track loved ones who fell out of touch during the storm.
  • The St. John’s Health System has been updating its Facebook page regularly with information relevant to the aftermath of the storm.
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About Maia

I've been practicing and studying the Buddha way since 1994, and exploring the question "What is engaged Buddhism?" since the late 90s. As former executive director of the Buddhist Peace Fellowship and editor of its journal, Turning Wheel, I had the honor of meeting and working with many practitioners of engaged dharma, including Roshi Joan Halifax, Joanna Macy, Alan Senauke, and Robert Aitken Roshi. Currently, I write about socially engaged Buddhism on my blog, "The Jizo Chronicles," as well as on the theme of personal and collective freedom on my website, "The Liberated Life Project." Through my Five Directions Consulting, I offer support to individuals and organizations who aspire to integrate awareness into their work. I also direct the Buddhist Chaplaincy Program at Upaya Zen Center along with Roshi Joan Halifax, where we forge new pathways of everyday engagement and servant leadership.

5 responses »

  1. Pingback: How to Help Joplin, MO « Rev. Danny Fisher

  2. maia — thanks for this! i re-posted it on my facebook page and will do so on jizoandchibi’s page, as well, which goes out over twitter.
    thank you for all the good you do.
    warm wishes,
    valerie

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  3. I am a resident of Joplin. It would be great to talk with other Buddhists in the area but this is more bible country. Any suggestions? Anyone know of any Buddhist groups which may be in the area?

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