Disaster Relief and Support

Published September 21, 2017 under Blog

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In times of crisis, we band together. In times of transition, in times of vulnerability – every day really, but it’s clearest at these times – we must support one another. As birth workers, as cultural workers, as storytellers, parents, families, community leaders and advocates, we know this.

None of us are immune. We need each other.

Following are some ways to help in the wake of recent disasters in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Virgin Islands, Florida, Cuba, and Texas.

Statement on Infant Feeding During Disasters

by the National Association of Professional and Peer Lactation Supporters of Color, endorsed by HealthConnect One and Reaching Our Sisters Everywhere (ROSE), and signed onto by countless organizations and individuals

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Verified Relief Organizations



  • In South Florida, our allies at the Southern Birth Justice Network are accepting PayPal donations via southernbirthjustice@gmail.com
  • If you live near Spartanburg, South Carolina, our partners at BirthMatters are hosting a diaper drive for Florida, from now through October 5th.

PUERTO RICO & other Islands


  • Mexican Red Cross has been accepting direct donations online and has set up an Amazon Wish List for necessary items.
  • Direct Relief, a humanitarian aid organization, has staff members in Mexico City and has pledged that 100 percent of its donations will go directly to relief efforts, which it says will include facilitating the delivery of medical supplies to affected areas.
  • GlobalGiving, a crowdfunding organization, has pledged that all money donated to its earthquake fund will go to recovery and relief efforts.
  • Fondo Unido Mexico, part of the United Way network, has created an emergency fund to help the areas affected by the earthquakes as well as the recent series of hurricanes.

If you have additional resources or requests to share, please connect with us on Facebook or Twitter, or contact Communications Director RoiAnn Phillips at rphillips@healthconnectone.org.

Thank you.

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