Elizabeth & United Way Partner To Help Victims Of Typhoon Haiyan

Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage

Elizabeth Mayor J. Christian Bollwage

ELIZABETH — To help those communities affected by the recent typhoon in the Philippines, United Way of Greater Union County and the City of Elizabeth have partnered to help bring aid to the victims of Typhoon Haiyan. 

“It is during these times of trial and suffering that we must work together to help those in need,” said Mayor J. Christian Bollwage. He continues, “I’m calling on our community to show its solidarity to the people of the Philippines. We need to act fast to rebuild the communities that were lost and remake memories that will honor lost loved ones.”

Super Storm Haiyan is reportedly the most powerful storm ever to hit land in the Philippines with winds up to 147 mph and waves of water as high as 20 feet. Local authorities report that up to 9.7 million people were affected by the typhoon.

“Communities that once thrived with life now serve as a burial site for those who didn’t survive. With thousands of children and families feared dead, and to help those mourning the loss of loved ones, it is our responsibility, as fellow human beings, to help survivors in the Philippines,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County. “United Way is proud to partner with the City of Elizabeth in this call-for-action. We hope the community at-large will join us in helping to rebuild the lives and communities that were lost in the Philippines.”

How You Can Help

United Way Worldwide has reactivated the United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund. The Philippine Business for Social Progress (The United Way of the Philippines) is working hard to identify and meet the immediate needs of its communities. Contributions to United Way Worldwide Disaster Rebuilding Fund will support long-term rebuilding and recovery efforts.

United Way encourages anyone interested in donating to visit www.unitedway.org/phillipines for more information or to make a tax-deductible donation.

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