Just about all of us were shocked by the devastation caused by the recent earthquake in Haiti. The death toll still has not been accurately measured but could be around 100,000. Many more have been left homeless. The cost to rebuild the country will be immense.
A silver lining is that the response from the international community has been quick to provide aid. Here in the U.S., in addition to the Red Cross efforts, President Bill Clinton and President George W. Bush have been tasked with raising funds for the relief effort.
As young lawyers, there are several other ways for us to help. Many firms have already had “casual” Friday last week, in which employees could dress down to jeans in exchange for donations to the Red Cross. For those of us who work in firms and companies that have not had casual days, we can propose the idea to the powers that be. The Philadelphia Bar Association has also set up a website that features multiple Haiti Relief Resources.
All in all, the support for the people of Haiti has been overwhelming. We can all pitch in and contribute towards the cause.