November 17, 2013 |
Typhoon Haiyan, one of the largest storms ever recorded, hit the Philippines Nov. 7, killing thousands and displacing more than 600,000. The full toll is not yet known, communications and access routes are far from restored, and aid has been slow to reach stranded, isolated victims. Could this be an opportunity for what some call the "new philanthropy"? A moment in particular for the millennial generation (born after 1982) to take leadership? Digital has changed the face of philanthropy - for both aid groups (which craft the call)
November 15, 2013
THE IMAGES from the Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan and its destruction are heart-wrenching. "Totally destroyed," one survivor described the city of Tacloban. In another dispatch from Reuters, one woman talked about her 11 missing family members. "I can't think right now," she told the news service. "I am overwhelmed. " Reports of catastrophic human suffering in an already impoverished country may, as with other natural disasters that seem to hit every year, move you to donate clothes, food or money.
November 15, 2013 |
The typhoon disaster in the Philippines may have you wishing to help with a charitable contribution. You can use smartphone applications to check out the helping groups, and in some cases to send your donation. An International Committee of the Red Cross app, free for Android and Apple, has a news feed with updates on how the Swiss group, which focuses on war-related emergencies, is attempting to respond to humanitarian crises in Libya, Syria, Yemen, and other hot spots in addition to the Philippines.
November 4, 2013 |
It was the first house that would be all her own, and back in 2004, interior designer Bridget McMullin was looking for one thing: potential. She had just opened her studio, the McMullin Design Group in Haddonfield, and wanted to be closer than she had been in Sea Isle City, N.J., her former address. "I couldn't afford very much, and that definitely narrowed the field. So when I saw this house in Collingswood, I knew it had good bones and, yes, definite potential. " Not that it was a prize specimen back then.
October 30, 2013 |
TRENTON When a storm like Sandy strikes, money to rebuild is important, but so is manpower, says Assembly Majority Leader Louis D. Greenwald. One year after the hurricane's landfall, New Jersey can prepare to better meet its needs in future storms by passing a bill that would shield architects and engineers from liability while volunteering as safety inspectors, Greenwald (D., Camden) said at a Statehouse news conference Monday. In the aftermath of disasters, "we need all the help we can get," said Greenwald, the bill's sponsor.
October 11, 2013 |
LIMA A building collapsed, a fire raged, dozens of people were injured, and every hospital in Delaware County was flooded Wednesday morning with patients in need of critical care. Thankfully, none of it was real. The county conducted its annual crisis-preparedness drill with healthy volunteers standing in for victims, a perfectly sturdy high-rise treated like a disaster zone, and hundreds of emergency responders springing into action as they would in a true emergency. "Just getting everybody together to look each other in the eyeballs, do the handshakes, get familiar with the technology," said Wilbur Wolf III, a consultant hired to coordinate the exercise.
July 19, 2013 |
HARRISBURG - After a day and a half of debate over the raw data that describes Pennsylvania's body politic, the voter ID trial shifted to the realities of the man (and woman) on the street. For hours, statisticians with multiple degrees and thick resumés had analyzed the numbers that provide the foundation of the plaintiffs' claim that the 2012 law requiring photo identification at the polls disenfranchises voters. But on Wednesday, the plaintiffs called Adam Bruckner, a familiar face in the Logan Square section of Philadelphia, to the witness stand.
June 7, 2013 |
* FALLING SKIES. 9 p.m. Sunday, TNT. IT'S BEEN only a few days since Philadelphia was apparently blown off the map by a self-styled "patriot" in the season finale of "Revolution," but TV is not done remaking the United States. TNT's "Falling Skies" returns for its third season Sunday, and though the enemies of the state may be very different - alien "skitters" instead of electricity-zapping conspirators - both shows deal with alternate realities in which embattled Americans might just get to create a more perfect union.
May 31, 2013 |
Thousands of New Jersey residents have begun chasing $1.8 billion in federal disaster relief, with the state's ultimate goal of restoring the unique character of the Jersey Shore. Applications for post-Hurricane Sandy aid have been pouring in since Friday, with nearly 5,700 homeowners seeking a piece of the first money allocated to New Jersey from the U.S. government, and 1,000 additional applications being completed, Richard Constable, commissioner of the Department of Community Affairs, said Wednesday.
May 21, 2013 |
In the wake of Monday's tornadoes in Oklahoma, volunteers are being deployed from around the country to assist in the recovery, including a woman from Philadelphia. Danelle Stoppel, a volunteer mental health supervisor with the American Red Cross of Southeastern Pennsylvania, will leave at 6:30 a.m. Tuesday to fly to the tornado-ravaged area. It will be Stoppel's 13th disaster deployment in just two years volunteering with the organization, helping her earn the nickname "Deployment Danelle.