Our Efforts

Points of Light values that acting globally means acting locally and supports our Global Network affiliates and other frontline organizations in responding to the most pressing needs of areas affected by natural disasters and humanitarian crises. Together, our teams mobilize people and organizations to give their time, talent and resources in new and ongoing disaster response and recovery efforts.

In the immediate aftermath of any natural disaster or humanitarian crisis, we know that you may want to step up to help. Below are some ways you can make an impact and support relief efforts.

  • Cash is best. Research and donate to a reputable international relief organization. Cash gives agencies the most flexibility in obtaining the most-needed resources, and a donation helps to put experienced responders on the ground, giving them the tools they need to help people recover. It’s also important to avoid charity scams, and background research can help make sure that your donation goes to a legitimate organization.
  • Register to volunteer with a responding agency. Do not self-deploy and don’t underestimate the complexity of working in a disaster area. Until a need has been identified and the community impacted has requested support, volunteers should not enter. There may also be opportunities to support disaster relief efforts from home or in your local community. Find a Points of Light Global Network affiliate in your area to learn  how local organizations are responding to the events in Haiti and Afghanistan.
  • Be patient. Recovery lasts a lot longer than the media coverage of natural disasters and humanitarian crises. There will be volunteer and cash needs for many months, often years, especially when the community enters the long-term recovery period. Continue to monitor relief efforts and the organizations responding to the events so you’ll be ready to take action and connect to an opportunity when the need arises.


Find tips for how you can maximize your contributions, provide help where it’s needed and keep from hindering the necessary emergency services in motion right now.

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Learn how you can make an impact and support relief efforts, as recommended by Points of Light and our Global Network disaster committee.

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